GUS institutions excel in National Student Survey 2020

GUS institutions excel in National Student Survey 2020

Global University Systems (GUS) is proud to announce that its institutions have excelled in the National Student Survey 2020 (NSS), including being ranked the top university in England for student satisfaction.

Three GUS institutions - The University of Law (ULaw), Arden University, and London College of Creative Media (LCCM) participated in the UK's annual National Student Survey.

Commissioned and conducted by the Office for Students (OfS), the survey gathers opinions from participants about what it has been like to study on their course at their chosen institution. The NSS 2020 collected feedback from over 311,432 final-year undergraduate students from 396 eligible institutions.

With 91% of students agreeing, The University of Law ranked 1st amongst universities in England, and 2nd in the UK, for Overall Student Satisfaction. ULaw has also achieved top 10 positions for three more categories across the UK: ‘The Teaching on my Course’ (4th), ‘Student Voice’ (4th) and ‘Assessment and Feedback’ (7th).

2020 marks the second time for ULaw being ranked the top university in England for overall student satisfaction, securing a leading position in the sector twice in 5 years. 

For Learning Opportunities, Arden University was ranked in the Top 10 English Universities, and Top 15 UK Universities, with an overall increase in Student Satisfaction to 81%. The result is a testam​ent to the hard work of staff and academics dedicated to improving the learning experience for students.

London College of Creative Media also ranked highly in the survey, registering an Overall Student Satisfaction score of 86.5%, which placed the school ahead of other institutions specialised in contemporary music education in the country.

LCCM’s results show a widespread improvement in student satisfaction compared to 2019, with increased results in key categories. The institution saw significant improvement in two of the key scales provided, with the schools ranking high for 'The Teaching on My Course' (85%) and 'Learning Opportunities' (86%).

Aaron Etingen, Chief Executive Officer of GUS, said: “We are extremely proud of the achievements of our institutions. The NSS provides an important benchmark for higher education in the UK and we are pleased to see we can successfully measure up with institutions around the country.

"At GUS institutions, we always put student outcomes at the heart of all our initiatives, and these outstanding results reflect how highly our students appreciate the learning experience we provide at all our schools.”

Professor Maurits van Rooijen, Chief Academic Officer at GUS, added: “The performance of our institutions in this year’s survey is a confirmation of all the hard work faculty and staff put in every day to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our students in the campuses and for our virtual pupils located all over the world.

“We are serving our students better and better, whilst continuing to perform well as a business, due to a highly efficient operating model implemented throughout our large worldwide system of institutions.

“Our global network has enabled us to combine the advantages of a very student focused education often delivered with a small scale experience yet underpinned with the advantages of a very large system offering economies of scale.

“Most encouragingly, the continuous year-on-year improvement of our results shows that GUS institutions do not rest on their laurels and are always looking at ways to improve our academic offer and the students’ overall experience at our institutions.” 

 GUS institutions going from strength to strength

In addition to the excellent feedback given to the UK higher education regulator Office for Students by our students for NSS, GUS institutions have had a remarkable 2019-20 academic year across the globe.

GUS has a longstanding track-record for providing a cutting-edge educational experience to its students, from incorporating digital technologies in academic delivery to working closely with businesses worldwide in order to prepare students for the job market.

Its world-leading online education and blended learning capabilities have left the GUS network of schools unencumbered by the challenges otherwise faced by other education providers during the pandemic, making the transition from classroom to distance learning a seamless and straight-forward process for our students.

In Germany, University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) was ranked in the Top 10 by the prestigious "U-Multirank" rankings for its high-quality delivery of the BA in Business Management Studies as a private institution for 2020-2021. The same course also ranked in the Top 25 overall across Germany.

Earlier this year, GUS Global Services India, along with GUS partners University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) and Pearl Academy, featured in the 'Great Places to Work' list, a certification looking at a company’s ‘Trust Index’ measuring credibility, respect, and fairness. GUS Global Services India achieved a trust score of 85%, which is the highest score ever earned by an organisation applying for the certification first time around.

The GUS network of institutions has a truly global presence, with campuses in some of the major cities in the world, located at the heart of their business and finance centres. In 2020, University Canada West (UCW) will see its campus move to the highly anticipated Vancouver House, hosting up to 3,400 students. This new building was listed as one of the top 20 urban development stories in Metro Vancouver.

London School of Business and Finance's (LSBF) excellence and commitment to innovation were recognised as it won the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ title at the PQ Awards 2020. The award was given for its ground-breaking ‘LSBF TV’, an online platform offering a new and innovative way for students to prepare for their AAT exams.

Over the past few years, The University of Law has witnessed strong growth in the UK, and worldwide, by expanding its presence in several key markets with new campuses in Berlin, Hong Kong and Nottingham, and through partnerships with the University of East Anglia, University of Liverpool, etc. The university also launched an innovative new virtual campus and recently became the biggest provider of undergraduate law programmes in the UK, with a nearly 60% increase in enrolments in just two years.

The London College of Creative Media (LCCM) recently unveiled its new campus, the ‘Music Box’ in the heart of the city on the southbank of the River Thames. The purpose-built campus provides students with unrivalled resources including workshop spaces, recording studio, music technology lab and a performance venue. The Music Box campus was officially inaugurated by singer Myleene Klass, Member of Parliament for Bermondsey & Old Southwark Neil Coyle, and GUS CEO Aaron Etingen.

Last but not the least, GUS was also honoured with the Private Education Group of the Year title at the EducationInvestor Awards 2019, one of the most prestigious accolades in higher education. The award recognised GUS' excellence and notable contribution to content and education provision on a global scale, a seal of approval for organisations dedicated to promoting and delivering quality education. 

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