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What makes students satisfied? A discussion and analysis of the UK’s national student survey

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Bell, A. R. and Brooks, C. (2017) What makes students satisfied? A discussion and analysis of the UK’s national student survey. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 1469-9486

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2017.1349886

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This paper analyses data from the National Students Survey, determining which groups of students expressed the greatest levels of satisfaction. We find students registered on clinical degrees and those studying humanities to be the most satisfied, with those in general engineering and media studies the least. We also find contentment to be higher among part-time students, and significantly higher among Russell group and post-1992 universities. We further investigate the sub-areas that drive overall student satisfaction, finding teaching and course organisation to be the most important aspects, with resources and assessment and feedback far less relevant. We then develop a multi- attribute measure of satisfaction which we argue produces a more accurate and more stable reflection of overall student satisfaction than that based on a single question.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:68296
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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