Last week saw publication of an extremely pleasing set of results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS). The survey was filled in by more than 90% of final-year students in Modern Languages & Cultures before they finished their studies earlier this year and asked them to express their overall satisfaction with the quality of their course, as well as with a number of specific areas, such as assessment and feedback, academic support, and personal development.
All of our language areas achieved outstanding scores: Italian had an overall student satisfaction of 100% and Iberian Studies a score of 97%, both at least 10% above the national average for those subjects; 94% of students in French and 97% of those in German were satisfied with the teaching they had received. Some 97% of students in Iberian Studies and 96% in French thought staff were good at explaining things, while 100% of students in German and in Italian felt their course had been intellectually stimulating and had helped to develop their self-confidence. It was particularly pleasing to see students in the department responding so positively to questions about the feedback they had received on their work. When asked about the promptness, clarity, and usefulness of feedback, students in MLC expressed levels of satisfaction between 10 and 20% higher than the average for other UK universities.
“I’m delighted to see that our students feel so positive about the courses they’ve studied here at Liverpool,” commented MLC Education Lead Dr Lyn Marven. “We all work really hard to ensure our teaching is both challenging and rewarding for students, and these results suggest they value that.”