The Open University has again been rated one of the best in the country for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). The OU received a rating of 91% for overall student satisfaction, placing it in the top ten universities in the country. This means the OU is one of only four UK universities to have consistently achieved more than 90% in the survey’s history.
With over 200,000 students, the OU is the largest university in the UK. The result means the OU shares the same overall satisfaction rating as universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
The survey also showed that 93% of OU respondents found their course intellectually stimulating. There was also an increase of 1% in the number of students who declared themselves happy with the quality of assessment and feedback they receive – rising to a rating of 88% overall in that category.
Keith Zimmerman, Director, Students, said:
The Open University Students’ Association (OUSA) enjoyed a rise of 3% in its satisfaction ratings for the second consecutive year. This means that, despite not having a students’ union building in the same way as traditional universities, OUSA’s rating has risen by 6% since 2012 to 64%.
Success across the UK nations
The Open University operates in all four UK nations and continues to enjoy considerable success in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:
• The OU in Wales received an overall satisfaction rating of 91% – the joint highest in Wales. The result means the OU in Wales has consistently come top across all Welsh universities for a decade.