Horticulture students 100% satisfied with course

Writtle University College (WUC) in Essex is celebrating a 100% student satisfaction rating for its BSc (Hons) Horticulture course.

Image source: Writtle University College (taken before the coronavirus outbreak)

The University College also received a table-topping overall score, with 92% of respondents from all subjects agreeing, "overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course". This outstanding result places WUC as the highest rated participating university-sector institution in England for student satisfaction.

WUC's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton, said: "This is a fantastic result. We're delighted to see how deeply our students appreciate the WUC team's hard work and support. As a small institution with a friendly, inclusive culture, we're well placed to offer an excellent student experience. We've risen to the challenges of recent months and look forward to welcoming new and returning students to WUC in September 2020."

The University College has been a provider of land-based courses since 1893. Based just two miles from the city of Chelmsford, its spacious, countryside estate covers approximately 200 hectares and features laboratories, research glasshouses and extensive on-campus plant collections.

The survey's results reflected WUC's focus on creating a positive student experience. 92% of respondents said staff made their subjects interesting and 94% felt lecturers were 'good at explaining things'.

Other courses to receive a 100% satisfaction rating included WUC's Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science and BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.

In Agriculture, 91% of respondents were satisfied with their course, as were 93% of Animal Science students.

WUC is now looking ahead to the next academic year. As government restrictions lift, WUC will be in a position to make the most of its expansive estate. Its team is ready to combine hands-on practical work with virtual lectures on a sizeable, green campus that offers students opportunities to socialise safely.

For more information, or to apply for one of WUC’s specialist programmes, visit www.writtle.ac.uk.

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