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Abingdon & Witney College secures top 50 position in UK higher education survey

17th Jul 2020

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) data has revealed that Abingdon & WItney College are one of the top 50 higher education providers in the UK, according to student feedback.


The Survey, run by the Office for Students (OfS), gathers statistics on key features of the students’ higher education experience, including quality of teaching, access to resources, and level of academic support.

The College is now ranked 49th of 432 institutions, putting it in the top 11% of providers of higher education in the UK; this is a noteable improvement on the top 15% in which the College was placed two years ago in the same survey.

Furthermore, an overall student satisfaction rating of 93% is 10pp above the UK national benchmarks.

Abingdon & Witney College enrols over 250 higher education students every year across its three campuses, into Foundation Degree, BSc Honours, HNC qualifications and more. With courses ranging from equine science to mechanical engineering, a partnership with Oxford Brookes University and Middlesex University has increased the College’s offer, now including specialised routes into degree apprenticeships.

Rebecca Philbrook, Head of Higher Education said “We are completely thrilled with this result. We are proud of our approach to local undergraduate delivery; through small class sizes, 1 to 1 support for our learners and high quality teaching and learning opportunities and we are pleased that this is reflected in the satisfaction levels of our learners.”

The NSS also carried out a further analytical report on the potential effects of Covid-19 on their survey statistics, but “did not find evidence that the reliability of the statistics had been affected by the pandemic.”

You can find the full 2020 National Student Survey report here.