22 October 2012
Students have rated Oxford’s libraries as some of the best in the UK once again. The results of the 2012 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, and this year’s result represents a rise on last year’s 97% satisfaction rate. The average across all participating universities is 83%. Oxford's libraries were ranked second out of 295 universities and further education institutions.
The NSS is an independent national initiative, conducted annually since 2005, that 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, support, management and resources. In 2011, around 265,000 students responded. The results are published on Unistats.com, where they offer valuable information to prospective students and their advisors.