UK university class sizes falling and student satisfaction increasing, study finds

The Guardian is reporting a study that suggests universities are spending more on facilities and class sizes are falling…

The amount of money committed to areas such as sport, careers services, health and counselling has steadily increased over the five years of the coalition government, researchers said.

Analysis by the Complete University Guide shows that there was an initial worsening in staff-to-student ratios after 2010, followed by an improvement across the whole of the UK that began with the introduction of fees of up to £9,000 a year in England.

The most recent figures, for 2013-14, suggest there is an average of 17.08 students per member of staff. In Wales the ratio worsened slightly between 2012 and 2013 before a reduction last year.

More graduates are receiving “good” honours degrees, with 70% achieving first or upper second class honours – up from 68% last year – while student satisfaction has also increased.

The report said a “sustained rise” in the proportion of graduates in professional employment or further study six months after graduation reflects the “continued recovery from the financial crisis”…

 

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  1. kazjohnson

    SchoolsImprove they’d still need to fall a lot more to get back to the level of service most Guardian commentaters enjoyed at university

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