Following the publication of The Good Universities Guide for 2010, the Chancellor of the University of New England, Richard Torbay, has congratulated the University on the unrivalled consistency of its five-star rating in the Guide for “graduate satisfaction”.
The 2010 Guide has awarded UNE its top rating (five stars) for “graduate satisfaction”. UNE has achieved this rating for 10 out of the past 11 years – an achievement matched by no other Australian university.
“I congratulate all the staff of UNE on this outstanding achievement,” Dr Torbay said. “It demonstrates that UNE provides not only excellent teaching, but also an environment conducive to students’ development as fully-rounded individuals.”
The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Alan Pettigrew, in thanking UNE’s staff for their “consistently student-centred focus”, said “the University’s high value on academic standards and communication with its on-campus and distance education students is the foundation of this outcome”. “For our on-campus students, our unique residential system, excellent sporting facilities, and opportunities for involvement in the life of the wider Armidale community also contribute to this result,” he said.
“UNE provides its students with a wealth of opportunities for personal growth – such as those offered by our ground-breaking New England Award program for on-campus and distance education students,” Professor Pettigrew said.
He pointed out that the high standard of teaching at UNE was reflected in another five-star rating in the Guide – that for “teaching quality”. “The 2010 issue continues the Guide’s consistent award of a five-star rating to UNE for teaching quality,” he said. “This reflects the dedication of the University’s teaching staff and all those who support them, and maintains the University’s long-standing reputation for teaching excellence.”
UNE was the only regional university in NSW to be awarded five stars for teaching quality.
In addition, UNE has once again achieved five-star ratings for “access by equity groups” and “Indigenous participation”. Professor Pettigrew pointed out that “these outcomes place UNE at the forefront of Australian universities in addressing the higher education needs of disadvantaged people – in line with the Australian Government’s priorities for education generally”.