Academy tops conservatoire student satisfaction ranking

-Posted on 16.08.2017

The Academy has scored highest in overall student satisfaction among UK conservatoires in the National Student Survey (NSS), for the second year running. Final-year undergraduates were questioned about their experience of studying and 92.73% of Academy students responded that they were satisfied. The overall NSS satisfaction rate for higher education institutions was 84%.

The NSS survey tracks the quality of higher education by collecting detailed feedback from students on a number of aspects of their learning experience, using 27 different questions. The Academy also scored highest of all UK conservatoires in the rating of statements ‘Staff have made the subject interesting’, ‘The course is intellectually stimulating’, ‘Feedback on my work has been timely’, ‘I have been able to contact staff when I needed to’ and ‘The course is well organised and running smoothly’.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, the Academy’s Principal, said: ‘I am delighted that we have scored the highest across conservatoires again this year, demonstrating the consistency of our approach as well as our continuous self-reflection on how to deliver the very best for the talented students who come through our doors. This is shown especially in the high scores on the content of our courses, the teaching of which is so central to shaping imaginative and employable musicians for the future.’

In 2017 the Academy has been rated Gold in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and ranked top UK conservatoire both in The Guardian University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide’s Arts, Drama and Music League Table 2018. In addition, the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey results have shown that 100% of Academy undergraduates went on to further study or work within 6 months of graduating at the end of the 2015-6 academic year.

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