The University of Lincoln ranked in the top third for student experience, according to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey published on January 14th.

Almost 11,000 undergraduates took part in the survey, rating their universities on various aspects such as quality of teaching and library opening hours. Lincoln was rated 34th out of the 104 universities listed, climbing three places from its position last year. In the top spot, for four years in a row, is Loughborough University.

In comparison to other similar surveys, the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey polls students on the things they consider important. Lincoln students rated best the helpfulness of staff, the standards of facilities, the quality of the environment around campus and the social life. Compared to the 2008 results, Lincoln improved in 11 of the 21 categories.

Professor Mike Saks, a pro vice-chancellor at Lincoln, says: “We pride ourselves on the sense of community that exists and this is clearly reflected in the survey results. It is particularly pleasing to see that students feel their tutors are friendly, helpful, and approachable. This is so important to undergraduates, not just for their academic success, but on a personal level too.”

The survey was conducted by market-research company Opinionpanel between September 2008 and June 2009. No higher education institution paid to take part in the survey. Times Higher Education paid for the research as an exclusive client, the publication says.

More details can be found on THE’s website.