Birmingham Newman University rated among top ten UK universities in NSS 2024 

10/07/2024 by Newman Staff
Welcome banners on pillars hanging outside Birmingham Newman University's campus

The National Student Survey (NSS) results for 2024 announced today have placed Birmingham Newman University seventh in the country for overall student satisfaction and number one in the West Midlands with an 85.4% overall positivity rating*.   

Birmingham Newman University is also celebrating as its students have ranked their university staff amongst the highest in the country for student support and teaching. 

According to the National Student Survey (NSS), published this morning, 93% of Birmingham Newman University students believe their teaching staff are good at explaining their subject. In comparison, 88% of students say their teaching staff actively support learning.  

Similarly, 86% of our students say it is easy to contact their teaching staff, while 91% of students say library resources are available to support their learning – the highest in Birmingham for the seventh year running. 

Birmingham Newman University library

NSS 2024 has also placed Birmingham Newman University as fifth in England for teaching assessment and feedback, sixth for student voice, and third for use of marking criteria in assessing student work. 

The NSS is organised by the Office for Students and gathers students’ views and opinions on the quality of their courses to help inform prospective students’ choices, provide data to help universities improve the student experience, and support public accountability. Every university in the UK takes part in the annual survey, which enjoys consistently high response rates. 

These results confirm that Birmingham Newman University provides an outstanding educational experience. Students rated us particularly highly for the quality of teaching support and the university culture, which allows students to gain a better teaching and learning experience thanks to smaller class sizes.  

Professor Peter Childs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham Newman University, said: “The results of the 2024 NSS highlight how excellent teaching and learning support at the University has once again been reflected in outstanding levels of student satisfaction. Birmingham Newman is a student-centred University where our supportive learning environment enables students to discuss ideas in depth with tutors and become both independent learners and creative thinkers equipped to make a difference in the world. The NSS results show how our approach to learning and teaching shapes a first-class student experience for our students. We are also celebrating how our library has been rated so highly once again, highlighting the outstanding learning resources available to our students.” 

Birmingham Newman University offers foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate degrees in subjects ranging from teaching and education to business management, criminology, and law. It will host an Open Day on Saturday 13 July, between 10 am and 3 pm. 

Number one University in the West Midlands and 7th in England for full-time student satisfaction in the National Student Survey measured by overall % positivity of full-time first-degree students in NSS 2024.

*The survey was measured by % overall positivity (Q1-24) of taught full-time first-degree students in NSS 2024.