RNCM exceeds national benchmark in 2018 NSS

The RNCM has achieved 87% in this year’s National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, exceeding the Office for Students’ benchmark of 81%.

Conducted annually since 2005, the NSS is a national initiative running across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the majority in Scotland. Through a series of 27 questions (scored 1 to 5), final year undergraduates are asked to provide feedback on seven areas of their degree programme: teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community, student voice and overall satisfaction.

This year’s result follows those shown in the recent Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) which ranked the RNCM as the second in the UK for student satisfaction with postgraduate programmes. It also complements the College’s Gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework and the outstanding Research Excellence Framework result, which rated the RNCM as the UK’s leading music college for Research.

Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, said: The NSS is a very important survey for the higher education sector as it provides an opportunity for our students to reflect on the quality of teaching and learning they receive. Once again the RNCM has exceeded the national benchmark, receiving one of the overall highest student satisfaction scores among UK conservatoires, highlighting the importance we place on ensuring our students receive the best experience during their studies.’

Earlier this month the RNCM received a spotlight prize at the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Awards.

27 July 2018