High Student Satisfaction for Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in National Student Survey 2016

17 August 2016

Architecture studios

The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has recorded an outstanding performance in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), with particular highlights including 94% student satisfaction for undergraduate architecture courses, and 91% for undergraduate property courses.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a strong reputation as well as strong connections with industry leaders and the professions. The Faculty recently teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for a student mentoring scheme, and has boosted international collaboration on research, and student global mobility, including a parallel studio programme with the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) in Beijing. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 20% of the research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as ‘world-leading’ with 45% judged as ‘internationally excellent’.

The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London.

Speaking about the Faculty’s outstanding performance in the National Student Survey, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Professor David Dernie, said: “We’re delighted that our focus on student experience has been recognised in this way. The Faculty has world class facilities and is one of London’s most vibrant centres for research and teaching in Built Environment disciplines. Our connections to the professions are second to none – and this gives our students the edge.”

Jane Wright, Head of the Department of Property and Construction, added: “We are delighted with these results. We are highly focused on the student experience and will continue to improve.”

The University of Westminster’s architecture studios have undergone a £5.2m refurbishment programme, providing unrivalled facilities for study and collaborative learning. A new digital Fabrication Laboratory, equipped with flexible computer-controlled tools, allows students to explore the exciting field of digital fabrication, and is a major extension to the Faculty’s existing workshops and suite of 3D printers and laser cutters.

Places are still available to join the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment’s undergraduate courses this September.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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