Date of release: Monday, August 19, 2013

Medway School of Pharmacy tops the countryMedway School of Pharmacy is the UK’s number one higher education institution for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

In results published this week (Tuesday 13 August), 97 per cent of the School’s final-year students say that they are satisfied with the quality of their degree courses. This means that the NSS ranks the School in joint first place in the country for overall satisfaction.

Around 304,000 final-year students responded to the survey this year from higher education institutions and further education colleges from across the UK. The results, conducted by Ipsos MORI, help prospective students to make their choices about where to study, and are also used by universities and colleges to further improve the services they provide.

The independent poll asks final-year undergraduates to rate the quality of their higher education in 22 key areas from teaching, assessment and feedback to timetabling, libraries and facilities.

Jointly run by the universities of Greenwich and Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy is based at the institutions’ shared campus at Chatham Maritime. The School opened its doors to its first 80 students in 2004. Today it has more than 650 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students, runs a range of programmes for healthcare professionals, and has extensive laboratories and research facilities.

Professor Iain Cumming, Head of Medway School of Pharmacy, says he is delighted to be in first position for student satisfaction. “This fantastic achievement is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of academic and support staff at the School, who are focused on ensuring that students at Medway School of Pharmacy receive a first class service at all times,” he says.

“Of course this means delivering an innovative curriculum, which prepares students for practice as a pharmacist, but a big focus for us is also the pastoral care that students receive. We want to ensure that every student enjoys all aspects of university life.”

To find out about more about Medway School of Pharmacy: http://www.msp.ac.uk/

For more information about the National Student Survey results: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/cl192013/name,82651,en.html

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