Publication date: 11/10/2007
It's official: Bangor University is the best place in the UK to take a degree in Music. Bangor's School of Music beat 43 other institutions -- including specialist music colleges -- to the top spot in the 2007 National Student Survey, scoring an unbeatable 100% for overall satisfaction.
'We have always strived to give our students the best possible education and overall experience. We are immensely pleased and proud that our efforts have been so obviously successful', said Professor Thomas Schmidt-Beste, head of the School of Music.
The National Student Survey is conducted every year by Ipsos-MORI, with the support of the National Union of Students. Every final-year student in the UK is asked to assess the quality of 7 different aspects of their university experience. Bangor's School of Music scored the highest marks in no fewer than 4 of these categories: assessment and feedback (87%), organisation and management (95%), personal development (92%), and 'overall satisfaction' (100%) -- all on a very respectable response rate of 78%!
This accolade sits alongside the School of Music's world-class reputation for research (RAE grade 5) and teaching ('excellent' in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment). The School's BA and BMus courses are unusually wide-ranging and flexible, with an increasingly fashionable focus on the classical music tradition. Modules offered range from Solo Performance and Composer Studies to Electroacoustic Composition and Arts Administration, and joint honours courses are available with other subjects. The School also runs choirs, orchestras and a concert series of the very highest standard on behalf of the entire University.
This is the second time in three years that Bangor has topped the Music subject listing in the National Student Survey. With unbeatable student satisfaction rates, world-class expertise, a lively performance scene, and one of the most beautiful geographical locations in the world, there is no better place to be a music student.