The National Student Survey 2022 results are out – showing exactly what students completing their courses thought of their time at college or university.

Harper Adams has remained high for overall satisfaction – gaining the fifth highest 'overall satisfaction' rating in the UK from full-time students completing their first undergraduate degrees.

Its overall score of 85.71% was determined by responses from 86% of eligible students. This was the highest response rate of all UK universities and well ahead of the total survey response rate of 68.6% – which equates to 324,329 students.

Harper Adams vice-chancellor, Professor Ken Sloan, welcomed the result: “I want to thank all of the students who took time from their busy final year schedules to take part in the survey and provide such valuable feedback.

"We are committed to building upon this result and ensuring we are delivering excellent, relevant, effective learning and social experiences to all students at all levels.

"While the survey gives us many reasons to celebrate, its real value comes in providing the honest views and ratings from our graduating classes. We recognise that no-one is going to be fully satisfied all of the time and each student values different aspects of their experience differently – and so they should.

The Harper Adams course area with the best NSS score was food – with the Food Technology and Product Development course’s students reporting 100% overall satisfaction. Learning opportunities and facilities for the course – from the Food Academy to library resources – were clear areas of strong satisfaction.

This course is being refreshed and will be 'Food Science and Innovation' from 2023 onwards – but course manager, Rachel Hilton, promises it won’t lose any of the qualities that helped its predecessor gain such a high score.

“Our food science students have always been a passionate, driven group who make the most of the opportunities we provide them with and go on to achieve great success in the industry," she said.

"Past graduates and current students, as well as wider industry partners, have been consulted in our curriculum refresh project and I am excited to be offering the new route that will continue to be engaging, exciting, applied and closely connected to the industry we are nurturing future talent for.”

Harper Adams is running two events – on Friday, August 19 and Monday, August 22 to support students at all levels considering starting with us in September.

These are ideal for:

* 2022 Undergraduate (first degree) applicants who have applied or are considering applying through clearing;

* 2022 Undergraduate applicants who haven’t yet had a chance to tour the campus

* 2022 Postgraduate applicants (and prospective applicants) who would like to explore the campus.

These events do not offer the full open day experience, but will provide the opportunity to engage with the admissions team, course tutors and students and to tour the campus.