Say 'we are top of the league'...

We've done it again!

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2009 results were recently published and - just like last year - BA (Hons) Creative Advertising was the best course in the whole of the University of Lincoln. A league-topping 89% of our third year completed the survey and gave a overall 'satisfaction' result of a record 98.9%. It's official, last year's third year CA students were the most satisfied students in the University! For the second year running.

The NSS is, as the name suggests, an annual national survey of final year university students asking them to score 22 questions from 1-5 about how they feel about their course (eg. 'I have received detailed comments on my work'; 'The course has helped me present myself with confidence'; 'Staff are good at explaining things') and the results are published nationally. The results at a University level are for individual courses and the published national results group courses by subject – in our case the subject area of 'Design Studies'.

'So what?' I hear you ask.

Well, it's very important for the staff team to know that the students are happy with the programme that they're on. And it's good for all of us (staff and students) to further build the programme's profile and reputation within the University.

But arguably more importantly is that it further increases the profile and reputation of the programme on a national level. And the more people that know that Lincoln is one of the the best places to study Creative Advertising the better: 'Hello, young creative. Welcome to our advertising agency. You went to Lincoln, you say? Excellent. I've heard that's a great course. Please show me your folio...'

Good news all round.