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Birkbeck School of Arts celebrates top spot in the latest National Student Survey

The staff of Birkbeck’s School of Arts have been rated number one in the UK by students for key aspects of their teaching according to the latest figures released this week in the annual National Student Survey (NSS).

Staff across all four departments in the School were top nationally in explaining concepts, conveying their enthusiasm for their subject and in making what they were teaching interesting to students, the results of the survey reveal, with 100% of students surveyed in the School saying they were satisfied with the style and approach of the teaching.

All students surveyed in the School also agreed that they found their course of study ‘intellectually stimulating’.

The results build on the strong results for the School in last year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, which looked at research environment and quality at universities across the UK, the outcome of which was published last year.

In the assessment, English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff in the Department of English and Humanities submitted research for assessment, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Likewise, Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of the Department’s research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Commenting on the results, Professor Hilary Fraser, Dean of the School of Arts, said:

“This result is confirmation that the School of Arts is leading the sector in what we offer students – meaningful and intellectually stimulating contact with researchers at the forefront of their respective disciplines, whose enthusiasm for the subject shapes their approach to teaching and inspires students from all walks of life.

“Likewise, as working professionals with a passion for broadening their horizons and thirst for knowledge, our students bring with them an intellectual curiosity which fosters a unique environment for learning and teaching, to the benefit of both students and staff.”

Published: 14 August 2015