Students in Wales have ranked The Open University in the top-two institutions in Wales for overall student satisfaction, behind Aberystwyth University in first.
The National Student Survey (NSS) published today (3 July) gives The Open University in Wales an overall satisfaction score of 89% compared to UK average of 84% for all UK universities.
The OU currently has 9000 students across Wales. 38% of begin studying without traditional university qualifications, and 42% come from some of Wales’ most disadvantaged areas. Two-thirds are in full-time or part-time work.
The OU has also seen a 40% increase in new undergraduate numbers for 2018-19. This has been partly attributed to a maintenance grant of up to £4,500 introduced by the Welsh Government to eligible part-time students studying at home. This makes Wales the only country in Europe to offer part-time students the equivalent support to their full-time counterparts.
Louise Casella, Director of The Open University in Wales said:
“We’re so pleased to see such a strong endorsement of our university from the people who matter most – our students. It’s been a busy 12 months for us. As well as celebrating our 50th anniversary, we’ve also had the welcome challenge of responding to a massive swell in interest in our courses. Our staff provide first-class support and teaching to our students throughout their studies, and we’re really looking forward to working with even more students in the future.”
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