STUDENTS have rated Essex University the sixth best in the country.

The university achieved a record overall satisfaction rating of 91 per cent in the National Student Survey, it was revealed today.

The survey found 89 per cent of students were happy with the teaching they received, while 83 per cent rated their learning resources and 84 per cent said studies had helped their personal development.

High levels of support were also recorded for academic support, management and assessment and feedback. Thirteen out of Essex’s schools achieved satisfaction scores of 90 per cent or more.

Top performing subjects included nursing, computer science, European languages, philosophy and performing and other creative arts.

Professor Aletta Norval, pro-vice-chancellor for education, said: “Giving our students a learning experience that helps them to grow and develop is our highest priority.

“We are committed to a research-led education, where students learn to challenge, to argue and to generate new knowledge, developing the skills they need for a fulfilling future.”

Students’ Union president Chantel Le Carpentier added: “The Union believes in the University’s commitment to excellence in both research and education and that we cannot have excellent research without delivering that in the classroom.”