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UCA becomes top specialist arts university for student satisfaction

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has bucked the national trend for a third year running by posting significant gains in its student satisfaction to rank highest of all specialist arts universities.

The annual National Student Survey (NSS), which judges student satisfaction based on factors such as feedback, course organisation and tutorial support, indicated that 85% of UCA’s final-year students were satisfied with their education – up 4% since 2015.

With satisfaction across the sector remaining static, UCA’s increase is particularly noteworthy, coming at the end of a successful year in which the institution debuted in the top 40 of The Guardian University League Table 2017, and saw a 17% year-on-year increase in applicants.

UCA’s Students’ Union has recently also received recent plaudits, being awarded the Small and Specialist Students' Union Award at the annual National Union of Students (NUS) Awards.

Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice Chancellor said: “These latest NSS results demonstrate that our focus on providing the highest quality creative arts education in recent years has been recognised by our extraordinary students. 

“Against a backdrop of challenging conditions for British universities, it’s incredibly gratifying that we’ve been able to make continued and sustained improvements.”

The second largest provider of creative arts education in Europe, UCA has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, as well as teaching bases at Maidstone Television Studios and the Royal School of Needlework. Alumni include Dame Zandra Rhodes, Hollywood director Gareth Edwards and Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin.