The 2019 HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience

Press and Announcements | 19 Jun 2019

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Advance HE launched their 2019 Student Academic Experience survey at the HEPI annual conference in the National Gallery conference centre, London, 13th June 2019.

The Student Academic Experience Survey has been recording the views of students for the last 13 years, (generally annually). And YouthSight has been behind the data collection and portions of the data analysis every year since its foundation. 

The study offers a unique evidence-base to better understand the academic experience. For the latest wave, we completed 14,072 surveys with current students between 4 February and 11 March 2019. We applied weighting to ensure the sample was balanced and reflective of the full-time student population as a whole and provided consistency in approach with previous years.

This year the survey shows rising value-for-money perceptions of students.

Survey highlights include:

  • 41% of students perceive ‘good’ or ‘very good’ value from their course – this is the second consecutive year with a three percentage point improvement.

  • Value-for-money perceptions differ according to the characteristics of students. Those from Scotland have relatively high positive perceptions (63%) while non-EU international students have relatively low positive perceptions (37%).

  • Teaching quality is the main factor for students who perceive positive value (64%) and tuition fees are the main factor for students who perceive poorer value (62%).



The Student Academic Experience Survey is one of the most important surveys of its kind in the UK higher education sector.  It provides long term tracking of the health of the student experience.  At the conference the research was commended by – amongst others - Chris Skidmore the current Minister for Higher Education and Nicola Dandrige, Chief Executive of the Office for Students.  YouthSight would, similarly, like to commend the research and everyone behind it at HEPI and Advance HE including co-authors Jonathan Neves and Nick Hillman.

The full survey is available here to download.

The HEPI press release is available here.

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