06 Aug 2009

The Open University stays at the top for student satisfaction

The Open University is once again in the top three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK for student satisfaction. 94% of students said they were satisfied overall with the quality of their course according to the latest National Student Survey published today.

Over 9,000 OU students participated in the survey and a total of 155 higher education institutions (HEIs) across the UK and 117 further education colleges (FECs) in England took part. As the UK’s largest University and provider of part-time education, The Open University has been at the forefront of the ratings since they were introduced in 2005.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brenda Gourley said: “I am delighted that our students continue to rate their experience here so highly. The Open University has been a top performer since the Survey began, and that is a reflection of the importance we accord to student support and feedback.”

Editor's Notes
1. 9,118 Open University students were involved in this year’s National Student Survey.

2. The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest university and the world leader in distance education. More than two million people have studied with the OU since it began in 1969. The OU has more than 200,000 students in over 40 countries studying for a variety of degrees and vocational qualifications ranging from short courses to PhDs. Independent authorities have consistently ranked the OU in the top five UK universities for teaching quality and virtually all of the University’s research areas have received ratings of national or international excellence.

3. The National Student Survey results will be published on the Unistats website on 29 September 2009 – at

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