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Results published earlier this week by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), show that the University of Oxford’s Medical School is the highest rated UK medical school in terms of student satisfaction.

Final year students on all degree courses, across all UK Higher Education institutions, were asked to complete HEFCE’s National Student Survey. In the survey, 99% of Oxford medical students answered ‘agree’ or ‘definitely agree’ to the question “Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course.” Additionally, 88% of these students answered this question with ‘definitely agree’: by far the highest proportion in any UK medical school.

Oxford Medical School consistently ranks high in student satisfaction surveys. The school places a strong emphasis on science and its clinical applications, providing students with a broad knowledge base from which to launch their medical career. Students are not only part of one of the most highly rated research institutes in the world, they also benefit from an outstanding tutorial teaching system that challenges them to push beyond their academic limits.

Recent graduate and former President of Osler House, the Medical School student club, Arvind Singhal commented:  “I think it’s great news that our student satisfaction is so high and I’m not surprised everyone else enjoyed the course as much as I did. The relatively small year and collegiate system means that we’re all really well looked after pastorally, and there’s certainly no shortage of keen teachers. Though quite different, I think both the pre-clinical and the clinical courses excel in their own ways and I think most of us appreciate that we’ve learnt a lot more than just how to be a doctor. There’s also so much to do outside of the course; Oxford’s full of great opportunities and friendly people. I think we’ve been lucky to have so many excellent teachers throughout the different stages of our course, and it’s been a fantastic 6 years!"

Dr Tim Lancaster, Director of Clinical Studies, Oxford Medical School, said: “I am so grateful to the many dedicated doctors, academics and NHS staff who contribute with such enthusiasm to the learning of our students. I am particularly pleased by the contribution made to student teaching by recent graduates of the Oxford Medical School: it is heart-warming and inspiring to see so many of them giving generously of their time and talents to teach the next generation. The teaching culture that this creates is one of Oxford's greatest strengths.”

Dean of the Medical School and Head of the Medical Sciences Division, Professor Alastair Buchan, said:  “The teaching and training partnership between the university, colleges, hospitals and other NHS providers, is the best way to improve the quality of care for patients, while at the same time producing the next generation of doctors who care for patients and become medical leaders. We are delighted that our students are getting the best possible education and look to them to lead the future of health care sciences.”

Links:

Oxford Medical School

2013 National Student Survey results

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