Most Improved Student Experience Award
The Royal Veterinary College has been announced as the UK Higher Education Institution with the Most Improved Student Experience, in the 2011 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
The award was announced at the THE awards ceremony in November 2011 .
The award follows the biggest poll ever carried out for the THE, with 14,000 full-time undergraduates asked to assess their university or college on 21 attributes. The University of Dundee topped the poll, with Loughborough and Sheffield in second and third places, but the RVC got the award for the greatest improvement - jumping a massive 45 positions up the league table.
Particularly improved were the College's ratings for community atmosphere and good facilities, with students also commending the high quality of their teachers and lecturers.
Infrastructure investments at the RVC's London and Hawkshead campuses have helped, believes principal Stuart Reid. He also cites a car park specifically for student use; the implementation of a green travel plan at Hawkshead; the centralisation of student services into a "one-stop shop" with better opening hours; and an overhaul of the curriculum, first implemented in 2007, the effects of which are starting to show. In addition, the institution has simply got better at communicating to students what it is doing for them, he says.
The award is a great recognition for all the hard work that has been put in by both staff across the college and the Student Union, to ensure that students have a really outstanding experience during their time with the RVC. It is part of a continuous improvement process that the College remains committed to, on an on-going basis.