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Selby College soars in National Survey for its degree-level offering

Friday 27 August 2021

Results from the latest National Student Survey have revealed Selby College has ranked in the top two Higher Education organisations in Yorkshire for Overall Student Satisfaction.

More than 86% of Selby College’s students claimed they were satisfied with the quality of their degree-level course, well above the national average of 82%.

This secured the College second place in the rankings within Yorkshire, alongside 11 other Further Education colleges in the county.

“After what has been a challenging year of lockdowns and a mixture of remote and blended learning, it’s extremely rewarding to see that our students are satisfied with their Higher Education programmes here at Selby College. Throughout the pandemic, we have strived to take on feedback from our students and to adapt to the situation and their needs. The results of the survey will also enable us to continuously improve our Higher Education offering, ensuring that we deliver the best student experience,” said Steve Mulligan, Curriculum Manager at Selby College.

The College also scored highly in the following categories: Academic Support (87%) Assessment and Feedback (82%), Learning Opportunities (91%) and Teaching (91%).

91% of students also claimed that their degree-level course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt, compared to the national average of 76% for the Higher Education sector as a whole.

The National Student Survey (NSS) gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their degree-level course at university or college. The survey results help to inform prospective students’ choices whilst providing universities and colleges with the data to continuously improve student experience.

Statistics from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) earlier in the year also showed that the College received zero complains for its Higher Education programmes in 2020 – the sixth year in a row without a complaint.

“Our teaching and support staff have worked tremendously hard throughout the pandemic to ensure that our students were able to continue their studies to the highest standard. The results of the survey are a testament to their hard work, as well as the dedication and resilience of our degree-level students,” said Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College. “This is another example of why we are so incredibly proud of our Higher Education provision and the difference it makes to our students’ lives.”

Selby College offers a variety of high-quality Higher Education courses at a range of levels, including Foundation Degrees, Full Degrees, Higher National Certificates/Diplomas and Teacher Training.

The College works with well-established universities and awarding bodies including the University of Huddersfield, the University of Hull and Pearson to deliver its degree-level programmes in a range of subjects, including Art & Design, Business, Childhood Studies, Digital Technologies, Education, Engineering, Social Science and Sport.