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Arts University Plymouth voted best arts university for student satisfaction in the UK – FE News

This year, students ranked Plymouth University of the Arts above the national average in all major categories of the National Student Survey, voting the university the best arts university in the UK for student satisfaction.

Within six weeks of obtaining the university title and a national victory for the best small university or specialized university in this year’s WhatUni Student Choice awards, students voted Arts University Plymouth the best arts university in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS).

Sitting proudly alongside the UK’s top arts universities and other excellent regional providers, Arts University Plymouth has increased satisfaction across all major NSS categories. Overall student satisfaction level at Arts University Plymouth is now 81%, up 12% from 2021 to 2022 and rank the university significantly above the national average of 76%.

Through SSN 2022, Arts University Plymouth got improved scores in all eight main categories. This means that this year students ranked the college higher than last year in the main NSS categories of “teaching on my journey”, “learning opportunities”, “evaluation and feedback”,“academic support”, “organization and management”, “learning resources”, “learning community”and “student voice”.


Student satisfaction increased by 12% since last year

Arts University Plymouth is blessed with a close-knit community offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering arts, design and media. Six undergraduate courses received an overall satisfaction rate above 90%including BA (Hons) Game Arts and BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, and eight courses achieved 100% satisfaction ratings in multiple categories.

81%students from Plymouth University of the Arts have completed the NSS this yearsignificantly above the national average of just 69%, demonstrating the high rate of student engagement despite the tough time for students nationwide prior to the survey.

Plymouth University of the Arts recently won the award for Best Small College or Specialized University at the WhatUni Student Choice Award 2022. Award Acceptance (with Richard Ayoade) from Plymouth University of the Arts is the Operations Manager Recruitment, Admissions and Student Inquiry, Sarah Allen (blue dress) and Communications and Marketing Manager, Lauren Taverner Brown (red dress)

The results come at a pivotal time in the history of Plymouth University of the Arts after it was granted the university title in May, supporting the Vice-Chancellor’s vision for the university’s future ambitions. Plymouth University of the Arts also won Best Small or Specialized University at WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022 in May 2022. The WUSCA Small or Specialist category celebrates the overall student experience, with a focus on lecturers and the quality of teaching, the Student Union experience, facilities and student life , and is determined based on the opinions of students currently enrolled at the institution.

Some of the reviews contributing to the win include: “Amazing facilities and staff, which will help everyone. All in all, a truly inspiring environment. I loved the workshops so much, they were very motivating and I feel so ready to create! and “The university has many excellent facilities available to all students, even if you are not studying that particular course. I absolutely loved studying here and can’t recommend it highly enough to other prospective students!”

In the 2019/20 Graduate Outcome Survey, the results revealed that 100% of BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling and BA (Hons) Fashion Communication students went directly into the world of work or continued their studies with 90% of BA (Hons) Graphic Communication graduates and 93% of all MSc graduates go into high-skilled roles.


81% of students completed the NSS this year, which is significantly higher than the national average of only 69%

Students who voted this year and last year’s NSS have had a particularly difficult few years, so this excellent overall score is testament to the hard work of students and staff working collaboratively at Plymouth University of the Arts throughout of the pandemic to achieve excellence in their creative subjects.

Dr Stephen Felmingham, Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of Plymouth University of the Arts, said: “While we are delighted to be in excellent company with a host of prestigious general and specialist universities this year, we will continue to use the student voice at Arts University Plymouth and the importance of a great student experience to guide everything we do and leave no room for complacency.

Plymouth University of the Arts’ class of 2022 enjoy a trend of successful graduates at this year’s New Designers festival, with BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts graduate Bonnie Mustoe-Whitehill wins New Designer of the Year award and comrade Lee Armitage, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts graduate, shortlisted for Conran Shop Design Award.

Recent winners of the Summer Show 2022 awards have praised the institution. Chloe Sweetlove, BA (Hons) graduate in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, who won the Board of Governors Award for overcoming obstacles while demonstrating a significant contribution to university lifesaid, “We have such freedom to find our own path as artists… Being pushed to think for ourselves has allowed us to really find what we are capable of doing.”

Sue Bown, another BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking graduate who also won this year’s Summer Show Awards, won the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Commendation award. for his outstanding work exhibited at this year’s Summer Show. Sue said,

“I had an amazing time at Plymouth University of the Arts. The most striking thing is the inclusiveness. As a mature student I felt on equal footing with everyone. What you are part time, full time, old, young, no matter your gender or race, everyone is equal The staff and technicians are so supportive and make everything so accessible I can only speak about my experience, but they are right.

Find out more about Arts University Plymouth – A new kind of arts university since 1856

Formerly known as Plymouth College of Art, Arts University Plymouth graduated at the end of May 2022 and has been officially recognized as the UK’s newest university for the arts. With 166 years of history in the city, the decision to become Plymouth University of the Arts comes after the institution, which has provided higher education for more than 20 years, was given degree-awarding powers to education in 2019.

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Arts University Plymouth graduated in May 2022

Former Education Secretary Michelle Donelan said:

“As government we are committed to supporting and recognizing the value of creative providers, which is why I am delighted to announce that Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status. This recognition is fully deserved and is a historic moment for the city of Plymouth.

“With this new status, I am confident that Plymouth University of the Arts will continue to help fulfill dreams and equip graduates for careers in the creative industries while providing a model of success for other creative providers. “

Richard Bingley, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said:

“I am absolutely delighted with the excellent staff and talented and hardworking student body at Plymouth University of the Arts. Additionally, from a Council and City perspective, having three universities now located in our Ocean City fills me with immense pride and a real sense of practical optimism for the future.

“The central aim of our new administration is to create more valuable jobs for Plymouth. Hosting three universities in our city means that we can clearly demonstrate an innovative and expanded skills base here. This is a clear advantage for existing employers looking to expand, as well as potential investors in our city. »

Hannah Harris, CEO of Plymouth Culture, said,

“Achieving a university degree is not only a testament to the quality and hard work of Plymouth University of the Arts, it is exciting news for the city. This helps reinforce our desire to make Plymouth a loving city, attracting and retaining the best creative talent. We have seen other cities like Liverpool, Leeds and Bristol thrive on investment in culture. AUP is an important step in opening up endless opportunities for students and businesses, and is very much aligned with the strategic ambitions of the city. »

Harriet and Paige with the award

Harriet Moore, AUP: SU President 2020 – 2022 (left) and Paige Nolan, former student union official (right) with their Think Student award

Arts University Plymouth was also shortlisted this year for the CSR/Sustainable Transformation Award at the International Think Global Awards 2022and Plymouth University of the Arts Students’ Union recently won Best Campaign Supporting Student Wellbeing at the Think Student Awardsbeating leading international universities to be selected as the winner by a Student Pulse panel of 40,000 students.

(Please note that results published by the OfS on 6 July 2022 currently list results from Plymouth University of the Arts under the former name of Plymouth College of Art)

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