Which? University, a new website to help students choose degree courses and universities, can reveal the happiest students in the UK are in Oxford and Neath Port Talbot.
The top spot for student satisfaction goes to the University of Oxford and two smaller colleges offering degree courses – Ruskin College (also based in Oxford) and Neath Port Talbot College in Wales.
They join 41 other universities whose average student satisfaction scores are rated as high among the 262 featured on the Which? University website, which launches today.
Which? University launches
The new, free and independent website from Which? officially launched today at Westminster City School with Universities Minister David Willetts and NUS president Liam Burns.
David Willetts says: ‘Choosing the right course and the right university is an important, and often daunting, decision. I want prospective students to have all relevant information at their disposal. The Which? University site can serve a really important role, using their expertise to present the information in innovative and easy to digest formats. Anything that helps people to zero in on the best course for their needs and ambitions is a valuable tool.’
Sporty, arty, political…
Which? University can also be used to find the best universities for sports, arts, political scene and nightlife, as rated by students.
- Universities in northern and Scottish cities were rated the best for nightlife with Northumbria University (Newcastle), Liverpool University and Newcastle University coming top.
- The highest rated universities for arts were in the south, including Arts University College at Bournemouth and Goldsmiths University.
- Loughborough, Bath and Stirling top the list of universities for sports.
- The University of London’s School for Oriental and African studies ranks the highest for having the strongest political scene.
It also reveals eight universities in the capital ranking in the top ten for graduate salaries, with the London School of Economics at the top with an average annual salary of almost £29,000.
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd says: ‘It’s worrying how many people are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives without proper guidance or advice. Higher tuition fees mean the choice of university can have huge implications for graduates’ futures and finances. That’s why we’ve launched Which? University so that people have free access to impartial information and can more easily choose the right course and university for them.’