The west facade of the Mackintosh Building.  This facade with its dramatic design and dominating windows heralded the birth of a new style in 20th century European architecture.

Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art

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National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey, which has been conducted by Ipsos MORI annually since 2005. It gathers opinions from mostly final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. Aimed at current students, the survey asks undergraduates to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

The NSS is widely recognised as a key measure of student satisfaction and as such the results are highly visible and often reported in the media. As an annual survey, it has helped to build a broader picture of the quality of Higher Education and monitor trends over time.

Below is the annual overall satisfaction performance of The Glasgow School of Art since it first particpated in 2009: 

 

Year

GSA Overall Satisfaction

2015

80%

2014

78%

2013

80%

2012

77%

2011

73%

2010

65%

2009

69%

 

To download an excel spreadsheet with further NSS data, please click here.


Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Launched in 2009, the HEA's annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the only sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience.

The survey focuses on students’ experiences regarding:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Organisation and Management
  • Resources and Services
  • Skills Development

Below is the annual overall satisfaction performance of The Glasgow School of Art since it first particpated in 2012:

 

Year

GSA Overall Satisfaction 

2016

57%

2015

60%

2014

59%

2013

70%

2012

60%

 

A summary of the 2016 survey results in an excel spreadsheet can be downloaded here.


Higher Educational Statistical Agency (HESA)

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

HESA release annual performance indicators (PIs) for all higher education institutions and the performance of GSA in the following overall categories are monitored closely:
 

  1. Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)
  2. Student Retention
  3. Students attending from State Schools or Colleges
  4. Widening Participation: Students Attending from NS-SEC Classes 4, 5, 6 & 7
  5. Proportion of Students in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance 

 

1. Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)

The DLHE surveys all students six months after they have left an institution to ascertain what their employment status is. The proportion of those who declare to be in employment, self-employed or have gone on to further studyare considered to have responded positively to the questionnaire and reported in the results below.

Percent in Employment or Further Study (%) 

Year GSA UK Scotland
2014-15 93.3 93.9 95.1
2013-14 92.3 93.2 94.0
2012-13 92.1 92.1 93.7
2011-12 89.8 90.8 92.8
2010-11 89.4 90.3 93.0
2009-10  -* 90.4 92.2
2008-09 96.5 89.9 92.1
2007-08 92.2 91.0 93.3
2006-07 81.7 93.8 95.1


*No result was reported for GSA as the response rate was below the publication threshold.
 
 

2. Student Retention

The Student Retention PI is reported annually on the previous academic year's entrants. It measures the proportion of new entrants who are still in attendance after one year of study.
 

Percent who continue or qualify at same HEI (%)

Year GSA UK Scotland
2013-14 95.5 90.6 90.8
2012-13 95.9 90.9 91.3
2011-12 94.9 91.4 90.9
2010-11 96.8 90.7 89.9
2009-10 96.9 89.3 89.1
2008-09 96.7 89.3 88.6
2007-08 96.8 88.6 87.9
2006-07 97.0 88.3 87.3


 3. Students attending from State Schools or Colleges

The State Schools or Colleges PI measures the proportion of students who are under 21 years of age and have entered an institution on a full-time basis and is their first degree from a state school or college.
 

Percent from State Schools or Colleges (%)

Year GSA UK Scotland
2014-15 89.0 89.8 86.6
2013-14 86.4 89.7 87.4
2012-13 88.8 89.3 86.9
2011-12 88.1 88.9 87.9
2010-11 84.8 88.7 88.3
2009-10 82.7 88.8 86.8
2008-09 87.8 88.5 86.7
2007-08 87.9 88.0 86.8

 

4. Widening Participation: Students Attending from NS-SEC Classes 4, 5, 6 & 7

This is the main Widening Particpation PI is considered as the most relevant measurement of students attending from lower socio-economic classes and is widely quoted in the media. It measures the proportion of students who declare they are from the National Statistics Socio-economic Classifications (NS-SEC) 4 to 7.
 

Percent of Students Attending from NS-SEC Classes 4, 5, 6 & 7

Year GSA UK Scotland
2014-15 23.6 33.0 27.2
2013-14 27.0 32.6 26.8
2012-13 19.0 32.3 26.2
2011-12 19.6 30.7 26.6
2010-11 19.5 30.6 27.2
2009-10 19.0 30.0 25.8

 

5. Disabled Students Allowance

The Disabled Students Allowance PI measures the proportion of all full-time, first degree undergraduate students enrolled at an institution who are in receipt of the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
 

Percent in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance (%)

Year GSA UK Scotland
2014-15 19.3 7.0 4.8
2013-14 15.1 6.9 4.8
2012-13 17.3 6.5 4.5
2011-12 21.3 5.9 4.5
2010-11 21.3 5.3 4.3
2009-10 18.4 4.9 4.1
2008-09 16.9 4.7 3.6
2007-08 17.7 4.5 3.7

 

Further statistical information on the GSA and UK higher education in general can be found on the Higher Education Statistical Agency website or in a more user friendly form on Unistats using the link below.

 

Unistats

Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college courses from across the UK.

The site draws on the following official data on higher education courses:

  • Student satisfaction from the National Student Survey
  • Student destinations on finishing their course from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey
  • How the course is taught and study patterns
  • How the course is assessed
  • Course accreditation
  • Course costs (such as tuition fees and accommodation)

This data is provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Data Service, universities and colleges and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey).

 

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), last conducted in 2008.

The 2014 REF was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL). The REF was managed by the REF team, based at HEFCE, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, and was overseen by the REF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the four funding bodies.

The primary purpose of REF 2014 was to assess the quality of research and produce outcomes for each submission made by institutions:

  • The four higher education funding bodies will use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their grant for research to the institutions which they fund, with effect from 2015-16
  • The assessment provides accountability for public investment in research and produces evidence of the benefits of this investment
  • The assessment outcomes provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use within the higher education (HE) sector and for public information

The results of the REF 2014 can be found here.