UNE’s exceptional student experience has once again been recognised with a five star rating from the Good Universities Guide. Graduates also awarded UNE academic staff five stars for their teaching skills. These top ratings appear in the Good Universities Guide 2014 which was released nationally today.
UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, welcomed the results and commended the tireless work of staff to uphold the university’s strong standing. “UNE students have consistently given their overall satisfaction the highest possible rating,” Professor Barber said. “It’s an outstanding result, and one that places UNE among the top Australian universities for student experience.”
Professor Barber said that despite unfailingly high ratings in this category, the University always strives to do better. “We are constantly reviewing the way we engage with students so we can offer the best and most enjoyable learning environment,” he said.
Professor Barber also noted that the results are especially pleasing given the high numbers of external students at UNE. “Eighty per cent of our students are external, but regardless of this, UNE works very hard to ensure that all students have a positive and inclusive learning experience,” he said.
A five-star rating in these categories means that UNE students rated their university experience better than students from 80% of other universities.
This year UNE also received a five-star rating for socioeconomic equity, a result that clearly demonstrates an adherence to one of the core values of the institution: inclusiveness.
UNE received high ratings in several other categories, including generic skills, entry flexibility and positive outcomes. Student demand and the likelihood of getting a full-time job upon graduation both saw an improvement from last year, with each receiving four stars.
Each year Hobsons compiles extensive data on each of Australia’s universities to indicate where they stand in various categories relating to student experience, quality and quantity of staff, student demographics, international students and university income. The data collected is based upon extensive surveys and interviews, as well as information publicly released by universities.