18 August 2014
Students have rated Oxford’s libraries as some of the best in the UK for the second year running. The results of the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) show that 98% of students at the University of Oxford felt the libraries met their needs.
Oxford’s libraries have consistently been at or near the top of the poll over the past five years. This year Oxford's libraries were ranked the highest out of all UK universities and further education institutions.
The NSS is an independent national initiative, now in its tenth year, which aims to capture the educational experience of students. The survey runs across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as participating HEIs in Scotland and, since 2008, Further Education Colleges (FECs) in England with directly funded higher education students.
The survey asks final year undergraduates to provide feedback on their courses in a nationally recognised format. It covers seven areas, including teaching, assessment, academic support, organization and learning resources. This year around 321,000 final-year students responded. The results are published on Unistats.com, where they offer valuable information to prospective students and their advisors.