This article is in association with the Open University
The Open University in Scotland has come top of a national poll for student satisfaction in the UK - for the seventh year in a row.
The National Student Survey, which asks for the views of students across Scotland, shows that a massive 94% of students declared themselves satisfied with the quality of their study experience at The Open University in Scotland, outperforming all other universities in the country.
Dr James Miller, Director of the Open University in Scotland was delighted with the results.
He said: “Once again we are overwhelmed by the positive feedback from our students which is testament to the hard work and commitment of all our staff.
"Student support is at the heart of what The Open University (OU) does, with students supported throughout their courses with unique tutor arrangements.
"These distinct features of the Open University undoubtedly contribute to the recognition we receive year on year in the National Student Survey.”
As Dr James Miller points out, the support students receive and the unique, flexible nature of the courses contribute to student satisfaction.
In addition, the OU is determined to ensure education is affordable and accessible to everybody.
Recent changes to fees in England do not apply to the OU in Scotland; the average cost of a 30 credit module is £420 which can be paid by regular instalment. More than a quarter of the students in Scotland do not have standard University entrance qualifications and one in three of OU students in Scotland live in households with an income below £16,500.
The OU in Scotland has also seen a 48% increase in the students aged under 25 in the last five years. In the last academic year alone, more than 1,000 new students from this age group chose to study with The OU in Scotland.
There are currently 16,000 students at the Open University in Scotland studying a broad range of qualifications with courses in the arts, business studies, social sciences and education to name just a few.
One student, 21-year-old Calum Risbridger from Edinburgh graduated with honours earlier this year.
He said: “I am not surprised that the Open University in Scotland has topped the NSS poll again.
"My Open University experience consistently exceeded my expectations.
"Time and again my queries were dealt with quickly and helpfully, and as a result, I always felt supported during my three years of study. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Open University as an excellent alternative to a campus based university to any high school leaver.”