Some 84 per cent of students who graduated this summer said they were satisfied with their course.
The number of students who were happy with their courses has fallen by 2 percentage points on the previous year. However because the design of the survey has changed, the comparison may not be like-for-like, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which published the results on 9 August.
Some 300,000 students took part in the survey this year, down from 312,000 in 2016. The fall in participation may be due to a decision by some student unions to boycott the survey after it was linked to increases in tuition fees through the Teaching Excellence Framework.