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The University of Dundee tops student experience poll

Published: Thursday, 26 April 2012   Category:

Most graduates will remember their university years as some of the best of their lives, and this is particularly true for students at The University of Dundee.

The institution took the number one spot in the Times Higher Education magazine student experience survey, which rated universities on 21 criteria including accommodation, lectures and social life.

Dundee climbed from fifth place in the 2011 rankings, to take the lead from last year’s winner Loughborough.

The win came as no surprise to Iain Kennedy, President of Dundee's Students' Association, who had high praise for the university: "There are so many good things about being a student in Dundee. Almost all of the accommodation is either on campus or within a few minutes walk so there is a real 'student village' feel to the place, and at the same time we are right in the centre of a vibrant city."

Other universities that featured in the top ten were as follows: Loughborough, Sheffield, Oxford, Cambridge, East Anglia, Southampton, Aberystwyth, Glasgow and Leeds.

The magazine’s editor, John Gill, argued that the increase in fees in the new academic year means that students are demanding more from their student experience.

"While universities must never put the student experience before academic concerns, its value to undergraduates cannot be underestimated. We hope this year's survey will help universities to raise their game, learn from the best and meet the challenges of higher expectations and greater 'consumer' demand," he added.

This idea is also supported by Professor Pete Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of Dundee University who argued that: "There is nothing more important to a university than the quality of the experience enjoyed by the students who attend it.”

The survey questioned 14,000 UK students and revealed that each university has different merits. The Royal Veterinary College had the most improved student experience, while Oxford offers the best quality staff and lectures. Loughborough was also rated in first place for its student union.

Did your student experience improve your graduate job prospects? Can you specify how?

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