Today’s National Student Survey (NSS) results show that in many of the core sections of the survey Cambridge has performed well. The overall satisfaction figure of 90% remains high, and is four percentage points higher than the sector average. Despite this, as in previous years, Cambridge’s results in the Assessment and Feedback section are lower than in any of the other five core sections of the survey, demonstrating the clear importance of the University’s ongoing review of examinations.
Beyond the twenty-three core questions, there is an additional set of results, specific to Cambridge, and these figures reveal something more worrying. Only 37% of students feel that their course does not apply unnecessary pressure, and the proportion of those reporting that the workload on their course is manageable is limited to 53%. These results show why the University needs to take the issues of student workload and work-related stress seriously, and CUSU will be raising this wherever possible with the relevant University figures.
Robert Cashman, CUSU’s Education Officer, comments on behalf of CUSU. All enquiries can be directed to Rob. The Education Officer represents all students at the University of Cambridge on education matters in relation to their student experience at the collegiate institution, supporting Faculty/course and academic representatives across departments and colleges. Rob is keen to hear from any students regarding Cambridge’s results, and in particular, is currently seeking student input into the University’s exams review.
The NSS is a UK-wide questionnaire, comprising 23 core questions, coordinated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which has been running since 2005. All final-year undergraduates across all UK universities are eligible to take part. It is important to consider that as a national survey these questions are designed to address overall University experience, yet in Cambridge educational provision is delivered by both Colleges and the University.