Degree Students Share Experiences of Higher Education at College

Following Grŵp Llandrillo’s Menai positive rankings in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), students have also shared their thoughts and experiences of studying a Degree at one of the colleges.

In the latest National Student Survey (NSS) Grŵp Llandrillo Menai ranked 7th in Wales for overall student satisfaction, as it has done for the past two years.

A student who studies Business Management at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s campus in Dolgellau, said,

“I chose this course because it’s local to where I live and I had heard many positive comments from previous students. I have children, and therefore because the course is one day a week and within 5 minutes of where I live, it makes being able to work, look after my children and studying towards a degree achievable.”

Another student said,

“One good thing about the course is because it’s a small group of students, you receive more detailed one-to-one support and information during learning. This definitely makes you feel like you are part of a small family, as opposed to just a number at a big university”.

The National Student Survey gathers students' opinions on the quality of their courses, which helps to inform prospective students' choices; provides data that supports universities and colleges to improve the student experience, and supports public accountability. Every university in the UK takes part in the survey, as do many further education colleges, and response rates are consistently high.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai received an overall student satisfaction rating of 81.7%, up 5% on last year, and 5% above the national average.

A Coleg Llandrillo Performing Arts student said that they were “pleased with the number of trips on offer” as they had recently been to Manchester and attended a Q&A session with cast members of a professional production.

Other comments from Higher Education students across the Grŵp include:

“The support is amazing and the personal contact is great”, “College life is really good, everything is easy to understand and if help is needed, we can always speak to our tutor”, and “You feel like you’re the priority and always get a very quick response via email”

Joanne Owen, Higher Education Development Manager, said,

“The positive experiences shared by these students is testament to the hard work and passions of lecturers at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. I’d like to thank our students for telling us about their thoughts on the course they’re studying, and life at college.

“I am thrilled to see that the hard work of our Higher Education students, and the staff who support them, has produced such positive results in the NSS too. We are very proud to be able to offer a wide range of degrees to our students, as many are not able to move away to study at University due to commitments at home.”

“It is truly an honour to be able to support our students to move forward in challenging themselves to gain a degree and work locally. We are also proud to offer a wide range of bilingual Higher Education courses supported by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and have been delighted to see an increased uptake of these courses in support of the Welsh language standards.”

To find out more about studying for a Degree at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please click here.

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