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The results of the UK-wide National Student Survey, one of the largest of its kind in the world, have been published this week. The survey covers a range of factors related to students’ academic experience, including the teaching on their course; assessment and feedback; and how well courses are organised.

Students responding to this year’s survey experienced significant disruption throughout their course, including covid lockdown measures and, more recently, industrial action affecting teaching and assessments. This is reflected in the overall satisfaction result at a Scottish level where this year’s figure of 77.1% remains below pre-covid figures.

Looking ahead to the next academic year, figures released by university admissions service, UCAS, show the number of Scots accepted for places at Scottish universities is the third highest on record. There was also an increase to 15.1% of applicants from Scotland’s most deprived communities gaining a place at university.

There was further good news for Scottish students as the proportion of Scots accepted to their first-choice university reached 64%, another record high.

Further information of the National Student Survey is available from the Office for Students website and the UCAS figures can be found here.