Students give School of English top marks

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 03 JANUARY

School of English students have given their school a first-class rating in the 2016 National Student Survey.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey completed by university students that asks them questions about their course in areas such as teaching, assessments, academic support, organisation, learning resources, personal development, and overall satisfaction.

The latest NSS results are in and the School of English has achieved an all-time high of 100 per cent overall satisfaction for its BA (Hons) courses in English, English and Drama, and English Literature and English Language Studies(NSS Results 2015/16). Not only this, other recent results show that 95 per cent of our English graduates are in work or full-time study six months after graduating (2014/15 DLHE statistics).

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Former student Max Price believes that his experience in the School of English was incredible due to the close bonds between staff and students. He went on to express how genuine the School is in its devotion to students.

Max said: "The School of English at Birmingham City University doesn’t just throw a bunch of information at you and send you off into the world - they nurture passion within us and help us to learn in our own way."

In a School where teaching is informed by the research carried out by academic staff, these outstanding results have been underpinned by the School’s excellent performance in REF2014 (the Research Excellence Framework). The exercise found that 77 per cent of research by School of English lecturers was world-leading or internationally excellent, while 100 per cent of research impact beyond academia was judged to be ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ in reach and significance.

"Over the past year, we’ve invested over £10,000 in providing essential textbooks for all core undergraduate modules; we’ve expanded our employability provision through our careers consultant and employer networking events; and we've introduced extra-curricular opportunities in the form of undergraduate conferences, annual Summer Shows, and mentoring opportunities within the School. We look forward to introducing new initiatives over the next academic year and working with our current and new students to maintain the high levels of excellence we've achieved within the School."

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