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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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Leeds offers a positive experience

Working hard and doing well at university is fun, according to the UK’s biggest survey of student satisfaction. The University Quality of Life and Learning project (UNIQOLL) is now in its third year, and is beginning to link information gained from students during that time to final degree classifications.

The survey has shown that students who do well academically enjoy their courses more. More than 80 percent of students who gained a first-class degree said their enjoyment of the course equalled four or five on a five point scale, compared to 69 percent and 43 percent for those gaining 2:1 and 2:2.

However, final degree results had no impact on how happy students were overall at university. More than 84 percent felt their time at university had been very beneficial, with the same percentage saying their time at university had been very happy. Over 90 percent would choose to come to university again, with just three percent saying Leeds wouldn’t be their first choice.

“Leeds is the UK’s most popular university for undergraduate admissions, and the findings from UNIQOLL show we deserve that position,” said Pro-Vice-Chancellor for students Professor David Sugden. “It’s a great vindication of all that Leeds has to offer, that despite the stresses and strains of their final year studies, our students clearly feel positive about the time they have spent here.”

The survey also found that those who gain a first-class degree are less likely to have done paid work on weekdays while at university – on average only about two hours paid each week, compared to more than seven hours for those gaining second-class degrees. Paid work at weekends appeared to have no link to final degree. Overall, 36 percent of final year students work during term-time, four percent of them for more than 20 hours a week.

UNIQOLL differs from the usual university satisfaction surveys in looking at all areas of student life – such as money, social life and accommodation – not just courses or departments, providing an overall picture of the student experience at Leeds. Undergraduates are questioned three times every academic year, making UNIQOLL the biggest survey of student satisfaction in higher education.

See the UNIQOLL website for more information
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