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Welsh universities dominate the league tables for third year in a row

While uncertainty around Brexit has caused misery for millions, UK students have bucked the trend and say they are happier with university life than they were last year, according to league tables produced by website Whatuni.com and published on April 25th 2019.

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This year, overall satisfaction among students was 4.04/5 (or 80.8%) among the 41,000+ students who participated in the annual review of 160 UK institutions – with 69 universities registering improved satisfaction ratings from their own students.

Swansea University gained top spot, winning University of the Year, while its Welsh counterparts outperformed their Scottish and English peers, clearing up across eight categories.


Simon Emmett, CEO of IDP Connect which owns Whatuni, believes that this result signifies the ongoing commitment of the higher education sector to the student experience. He said: “This year’s strong results are a clear indicator that despite the increasing cost associated with accessing a university education, students recognise and value the opportunities, support and teaching that they receive.”

Swansea also claimed first place under the International category and placed top three for the Course & Lecturers and Postgraduate categories.

Professor Paul Boyle, VC elect of Swansea University, said: “We are thrilled to have been crowned the Whatuni Student Choice Awards University of the Year for the second time in five years. As the award is voted for by students, it makes it even more special as they are at the heart of all we do at Swansea.”

Speaking about the Students’ Union category, Shakira Martin, President of National Union of Students, said: “Student views are vital in identifying the ways students’unions and NUS continue to deliver the activities and services that students need. We’re thrilled to celebrate some of the hard work of students’ unions at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.”

Reflecting on the importance of student reviews, Martha Longdon, Student Experience Board Member for the Office for Students and Whatuni Student Advisory Board Member, said: “Reviews and comments are vital to improving the student experience and provide an invaluable narrative of university life by allowing students to feedback on the issues they care most about. As students are increasingly seen as partners and co-creators in their education, this method allows them not only to offer detailed praise and concerns, but also the opportunity to suggest creative and innovative solutions which institutions may not have considered.”

The winners of all 15 categories were announced on Thursday evening as part of Whatuni’s Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) annual gala dinner in London, which was hosted by comedian Omid Djalili. 

Top 10 best rated universities in 2019:

  1. Swansea University
  2. Aberystwyth University
  3. Loughborough University
  4. Bangor University
  5. Harper Adams University
  6. Leeds Arts University
  7. Edge Hill University
  8. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  9. Nottingham Trent University
  10. Royal Agricultural University

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