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The University of East Anglia (UEA) has risen two places - overtaking Oxford, Cambridge and all Russell Group universities - to have the second most satisfied students in the country according to the latest National Student Survey.

Released on August 13th, the results place UEA as the joint second mainstream English university – with an overall satisfaction score of 93 per cent. 

Each year taught final-year undergraduates in the UK are invited to complete a questionnaire about their satisfaction with various elements of their university education. UEA has featured in the top ten every year since the survey began in 2005.

Students also rate individual subjects and courses in the survey, and schools of study across UEA have enjoyed good results this year. 

Four UEA courses are ranked first in the country. Students on human and social geography courses within UEA’s School of International Development and those studying philosophy were 100 per cent satisfied with their courses. The satisfaction scores for microbiology and drama resulted in those subjects being ranked joint number one.

A number of other UEA courses make the top five. Courses in chemistry, media studies and American studies are all placed joint second for overall satisfaction, while medicine, economics, politics and English all ranked fourth. There were also joint fifth places for physical geography and environmental science, pharmacy and creative writing.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for academic affairs Prof Neil Ward said: “I am delighted that our students have once again demonstrated such high levels of satisfaction with UEA. This important survey explores in great detail students’ assessment of the quality of the education we provide - from the support and advice we offer, to the enthusiasm and skills of our lecturers.

“This has been a marvelous year for UEA – this latest triumph comes as we celebrate our 50th anniversary with a first place in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey - and these achievements demonstrate our ongoing commitment to improving the university experience for our students.” 

Union of UEA Students communications officer Rosie Rawle said: "Once again, UEA has sailed close to the top for student satisfaction, and we believe this is strongly deserved. The Student Union has played its part, demonstrated by our rise from 80 to 84 per cent for overall satisfaction. In all, it is clear that success comes from the university, union and students working together."

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