THE University of Chester has topped the charts for its student satisfaction rating in the north west.

New data published by the National Student Survey (NSS) reveals that the university, which has a campus in Padgate, was rated highly by final year students, sustaining its overall satisfaction rate of 88 per cent.

These figure place the university in second place in the north west and puts it two per cent above the national average.

Dr Chris Haslam, pro-vice-chancellor for corporate development and the student experience, said the results wrere a reflection of the hard work and commitment put in by everyone associated with the university.

He added: “Once again, we have achieved a really outstanding set of scores across the whole institution, with some fantastic improvements in key areas.

“It is extremely encouraging for everyone at the University that we continue to have very high levels of student satisfaction, significantly above the national average.”

The university has also earned joint first place in the north west for teaching with a 89 per cent satisfaction rate and a 85 per cent rating for academic support.

With a score of 75 per cent, Chester Students’ Union is not only the leader in its field in the region, but is also seven per cent above the sector average.

The survey, which was completed by 73 per cent of eligible students, was the institution’s highest response rate.