Uni proves it's still the place to be as it climbs rankings
Higher education has spent a fair amount of time in the news over the past couple of years.
Rows over tuition fees hit dozens and dozens of headlines and there were fears numbers of students would drop.
But it would seem that has not put young people off studying for degrees at the University of Hull.
The latest student satisfaction results show 88 per cent of the 22,440 students are satisfied with their course – higher than the national average of 85 per cent.
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With about five applications per place at the university, it seems Hull is still the place to be.
This month, the Cottingham Road university also moved up the Sunday Times University Guide from 44th to joint 43rd nationally.
It is ranked as sixth in the north.
Professor Glenn Burgess, pro-vice-chancellor for learning and teaching at the University of Hull, said: "This is one of a number of indicators that show the university is delivering a high-quality student experience and excellent teaching.
"These have a lasting impact for our graduates and I am delighted we have improved our position.
"Degrees from the University of Hull are well- respected and this is reflected in the high number of students finding employment after graduating.
"These latest league table results will offer great encouragement to our current students and those who join us in the future."
The guide referred to the £75 million investment in facilities at the university over the past five years.
Mr Burgess said: "We are currently investing in major improvements on our campuses, including the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Brynmor Jones Library and the creation of a new state-of-the- art biomedical research centre.
"At the same time we have invested in a significant recruitment drive to attract key staff to continue to provide our students with outstanding teaching."
The guide noted the university performed well for the employability of graduates, with the second lowest graduate unemploy- ment rate in the north at just 6.4 per cent.
The Sunday Times guide said: "'It's anything but dull in Hull.
"Twice named the friendliest university in Britain, the university is regularly ranked among the top institutions in the country for student satisfaction.
"Undergraduates have a great time in and out of the lecture halls."