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Social Work celebrates 100% overall satisfaction in National Student Survey

Social Work skills room

Social Work skills room

Kingston University’s social work courses have topped the national leader board for student satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS). The programme received 100 per cent satisfaction ratings from final year students in the annual survey, which asks for feedback on courses at their institutions. Other subjects to receive the highest satisfaction scores included sport science, mathematics and actuarial mathematics and statistic

Preparing for real world experiences has been a major focus for students on Kingston University’s social work degree. They have been honing their skills in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education’s purpose-built practice learning suite at the Kingston Hill campus, working alongside role players to get extra experience of the scenarios they are likely to encounter in their careers in a safe environment.

The state-of-the-art facilities include a simulated living-room and front door to help the students develop skills to carry out home visits, five interview rooms simulating work environments and a control room with a two-way mirror and viewing monitors to allow tutors to observe and assess students’ progress.

Professor Jane Lindsay, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching said “We put students first in our department.  It was great to see that this seems to have led to great student satisfaction in the NSS.  Social work and social care are all about making good relationships with other people.  We aim to make great professional relationships with our students, our future colleagues!”

As well as scoring high grades across a number of other individual subject areas, Kingston University’s National Student Survey report card saw it put in a  strong overall performance against the sector nationally and compared to most other institutions across London. It also carried off an overall student satisfaction rating of 80.5 per cent, up slightly on its score of 80.1 per cent in 2017.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier said the results highlighted Kingston University’s commitment to putting students firmly at the heart of everything it did. “We are determined to provide our students with the best possible teaching and campus experience to thrive and succeed and have been making significant improvements to ensure they get the most out of their time completing their degrees,” he said.

“By the time our students graduate, we want to ensure they are ready to step into the world armed with the knowledge, skills and confidence sought after by employers and that will also allow them to make a real difference to society as they develop their careers. The success we have witnessed in social work, sport science, mathematics and actuarial mathematics and statistics exemplifies the very essence of the qualities we are so keen to instill in our students as they constantly grow as individuals acquiring additional knowledge and skills.”