National Student Survey 2020 (NSS) ranks UWTSD 1st in Wales for ‘Learning Community’


The National Student Survey 2020 (NSS) has ranked the University of Wales Trinity Saint David 1st in Wales for its ‘Learning Community’.

NSS Learning Community Inforgraph

Particularly good scores were achieved in a number of key sections with UWTSD also ranked 2nd in Wales for ‘learning opportunities, academic support, assessment and feedback’ and 3rd in Wales for ‘teaching on my course’.

UWTSD also celebrates a number of successes at subject level.  Key UK results for the University include:

  • Joint 1st in the UK for Art
  • Joint 1st in the UK for Applied Psychology
  • 3rd in the UK for Education
  • 8th in the UK for Childhood and Youth Studies
  • 8th in the UK for Counselling, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy
  • 8th in the UK for Computer Science

Dr Mirjam Plantinga, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Experience, commented:

“We welcome these NSS scores in areas of key importance for students’ academic experience.  Feeling part of a supportive community of staff and students is always important but during these challenging times that support is needed more than ever before.

At UWTSD, we always aim to provide an engaging and supportive environment for our students but most of all we want our students to enjoy their time with us.”

Several subjects rank in the top 10 overall in the UK with Art and Applied Psychology ranked joint 1st overall in their respective fields.  Dr Mirjam Plantinga added:  

“We also welcome the excellent subject outcomes which are a testament to the hard work and commitment of staff throughout the institution.  All our staff are passionate about teaching and we’re all looking forward to welcoming back our students for the new academic year.”

The NSS is the biggest survey of student’s views in the UK which, this year, captured the views of over 311,432 students. This year, 68.6% of eligible students from 396 universities, colleges and private providers took part.

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