Bristol students among UK's unhappiest
Some of Britain's top universities, including Bristol, have the unhappiest students according to a new league table.
Bristol, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, the London School of Economics and Manchester are among the bottom 25 universities for student satisfaction, despite achieving high overall rankings in the latest league table published in the Sunday Times University Guide.
Experts believe that many universities, particularly the biggest ones in cities, have expanded so quickly and place so much emphasis on research that undergraduate teaching has suffered.
Bristol University is ranked 16th overall out of 120 universities. It dropped six places from last year's ranking, mainly due to its relatively low student satisfaction score of 102 out of 200.
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The University of the West of England was ranked 68th overall but students were happier, with a satisfaction rating of 134 out of 200.
Universities are judged in eight categories with information coming from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the National Student Survey, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the national funding councils, academics and the institutions themselves.
Buckingham is followed in the satisfaction table by Cambridge and Loughborough.
The satisfaction rating is based on data from the Government's National Student Survey, which asked 220,000 final-year undergraduates for an assessment of their degree and quality of teaching.
But Bristol University's director of communications, Barry Taylor, said students should be cautious in looking at league tables or surveys when choosing a university.
He said: "The NSS is a good and useful thing, but the results should be handled with care.
"For example, students at leading institutions may be especially aspirational. They set the benchmark high for others as well as themselves – and rightly so."
More than 11,000 A-level students from across the country will be heading to the city for Bristol University's open day tomorrow.
In order to accommodate the number of people attending the event, there will be several road closures in place. The north end of Woodland Road will be completely closed and the south end will have traffic calming measures in place. Priory Road and Tyndall Avenue will also both be closed to traffic.
Bristol University will be providing a free park-and-ride service from the Mall at Cribbs Causeway.