What really worries students is not so much fees as employment prospects on graduation. Better links between universities and their local economies could help, suggests a new student experience survey.
Against a backdrop of political and economic upheavals in the UK and beyond, students are becoming increasingly worried about their job prospects after graduating. Our annual Student Experience Survey reveals a rising tide of student anxiety.
Students still rate their university experience highly; while satisfaction reported in the National Student Survey varies from institution to institution, an overall course satisfaction rate of 84 per cent this year, while a slight drop from last year’s 86 per cent, was still a very impressive achievement – one that would be the envy of other industries. But they also – correctly — see attending university as a transaction. There is an implicit expected return on investment in terms of the lifelong benefits that higher education can and should bring. Students not only place value on learning and the student experience, but also on how a university is perceived externally and on how it is likely to affect their future earnings.