UA92’s final year students have spoken and the NSS results 2023 are now in. But what do they actually mean? Let’s take a deep dive into the survey results and find out where UA92 came out on top in Greater Manchester.*
What is the National Student Survey (NSS)?
The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey of final-year undergraduate students in the UK. It’s the biggest survey of its kind, with 339,383 final year students taking part. It gathers their feedback on various aspects of their course and student experience.
What questions were students asked in the NSS 2023 survey?
There are 27 questions split across 7 themes. The questions cover teaching, learning opportunities, feedback and assessment, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and student voice.
What were the NSS results 2023?
Overall, UA92 scored higher than the national benchmark in 21 out of the 27 questions students were asked. What’s more, UA92 scored higher than all other Greater Manchester universities in the following themes:
- Scored higher than all Greater Manchester universities for Teaching*
- 88.1% overall satisfaction score
- 94.4% said our academic staff are good at explaining things.
Success in this area is down to the quality of our deliberately different academic model and the quality of our teaching staff. Students focus on one module at a time, giving them the space to explore topics in greater depth.
Feedback and Assessment
- Scored higher than all Greater Manchester universities for Feedback and Assessment*
- 83.6% satisfied with how they are assessed.
- +2.9% on benchmark
One of the most popular reasons why students choose to study at UA92 is because they do not have to sit traditional end of year exams**. UA92 students are assessed during each block of study, therefore they receive feedback on their assessments much faster.
- Scored higher than all Greater Manchester universities for Academic Support*
- 90% were happy with the support from teaching staff
- +3.9% on benchmark
Students benefit from much smaller class sizes than traditional universities and get a lot more face-to-face contact time with our academics (16 hours per week). Alongside their academic studies, students also have access to coaching and mentoring through our 92 Programme.
- Scored higher than all Greater Manchester universities for mental health support services*
- +8% on benchmark
Students have access to dedicated Student Support & Well-being Services including mental health, counselling, chaplaincy and disability support.
- Scored higher than all Greater Manchester universities for getting the right balance of directed learning and independent study
- +6.8% on benchmark
Our academic timetable means you either study in the morning from 9am-1pm or the afternoon from 2pm-6pm***. This gives students the consistency they need to organise their life around their studies.
Why is UA92 deliberately different to other universities in Greater Manchester?
UA92 Co-founder, Gary Neville explains “When we built UA92, we wanted to take a new approach by putting character and personal development at the core of our students’ learning experience. We wanted to help them develop as people as well as equip them academically. We wanted to give them structure to their day with a fixed AM/PM timetable. And, we wanted to give everyone equal opportunity for success by not assessing them with exams.”
Want to know more?
Find out more about How You Study at UA92.
*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results a
gainst the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester).
Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes.
Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?
** There may be exams in some subject areas where external accreditations are available.
*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.