Salford University bosses have praised the institution for climbing 19 places in The Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey from 2016 to 2017 but is hoping to improve in the future.

The university has placed joint 67th in The Times Higher Education Supplement’s Student Experience Survey in 2017 – an increase of 19 places but still in the bottom half.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall said: “It’s great news that Salford has climbed 19 places in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2017 Student Experience Survey released to rank joint 67th of 122 institutions.

“I am so proud to hear that our students feel their experience at the University is improving and it can be in no small part to the commitment we have made to delivering our vision and most importantly to the hard work of you all.”

The survey is based on results from more than 15,000 undergraduates rating their institution based upon academic experience, facilities, societal experience, student welfare, accommodation, industry connections and security.

Despite the impressive rise up the league table, university bosses have insisted the hard work begins now and will use Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) to help students and local employees work closely together.

This includes teaming up with prospective employers, placements and to acquire better skills to prepare them for work after their studies.

Marshall said: “The ICZs play to our strengths in four distinct areas and further strengthen our collaboration globally with industry, private and public sector partners, government agencies and educational establishments.”

And as well as doing all they can to help their students get employed, the university says it is committed to improving and enhancing every students Salford experience.

A spokesperson added: “Much of our effort last year and next is around ‘Welcome’- where from the day they arrive, students are made to feel safe, secure and important.

“It’s vital students get off to a good start academically, socially and in terms of their welfare!

“The student voice is a major part of our philosophy now, so we actively seek out feedback on our standards and services and student views are shaping provision at the university.  

“Our message to students is ‘keep telling us how we are doing’ that way, we can act in your best interests and keep you as happy as possible.”

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