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Barometer shows student opinion set fair

04 April 2008

International students

International students are highly satisfied with the quality of teaching they receive at Cardiff University.

Results from the most recent International Student Barometer survey show that Cardiff teaching had one of the highest ratings within the elite Russell Group of universities.

The survey went online in November last year and focussed on pre-arrival and experiences within the first month at university. At Cardiff, 1,295 international and EU students replied to the questionnaire, a response rate of 36 per cent.

In the key field of learning, there was a satisfaction rate of 84 per cent, placing Cardiff 4th within the 20-member Russell Group. There was particularly high satisfaction with lecturers (97 per cent), library facilities and course content (both 90 per cent).

There were also positive ratings for many aspects of the living experience in Cardiff. The University rated first in the Russell Group for cost of accommodation and second for cost of living. The Students’ Union, with a satisfaction rate of 93 per cent, was second most popular in the Russell Group and 5th of all the Higher Education institutions surveyed.

The survey did find scope for improvement in some areas. However, on the crucial question "Would you recommend this university to others?", 88 per cent of overseas students said that they would. This score was ahead of the Russell Group average and the survey as a whole.

The study showed that students in Wales were happier than their peers elsewhere in the UK with almost every aspect of their education. There were 91 higher education institutions taking part in the survey, ten of them in Wales.