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Kennedy commends student satisfaction at St Mary's



Employment and Learning Minister, Danny Kennedy, has praised the performance of St. Mary’s University College during a visit today.

Speaking during a visit to the College’s west Belfast campus, the Minister highlighted results from the National Student Survey for 2010 which showed that the College registered an increased satisfaction rate of 94% (up from 93%) from 2009 and retained its place in the top five rated Further Education/Higher Education institutions.

The Minister said: “St. Mary’s University College continues to play an integral role in the educational and social development of west Belfast. The College are to be congratulated for the consistently high quality of the learning experience provided to students, a fact which is borne out in its continued strong performance in the National Student Survey. To be placed second out of all Higher Education Institutions in the UK for student satisfaction is an accomplishment of which everyone at the College can be rightfully proud.”

The National Student Survey runs across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as participating HEIs in Scotland and asks students to provide feedback on their courses in a nationally recognised format.

During his visit, the Minister toured the campus and took time to discuss the work of staff and student teachers at the College, which provides courses for the education of teachers caters mainly for the primary school sector and courses in liberal arts.


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