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National survey shows exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction at Kendal College

Higher Education Students

[F]eedback from Higher Education students attending Kendal College have exceeded the national benchmark for satisfaction levels for the third consecutive year.

In the annual ‘2017 National Student Survey’ published earlier this month, 95 per cent of Kendal College students were satisfied with their learning compared to the national average benchmark of 84 per cent.

Students in their final year were questioned on the overall quality of their course including the academic support they receive and the learning opportunities and resources that are made available to them. The results of the survey are then used to improve students’ academic experience and are published nationally for prospective students to compare further and higher education facilities.

This year’s survey covered 530 universities and colleges in the UK, from which Kendal College came out as the top-ranked college for student satisfaction in Cumbria and the North West.

Graham Wilkinson, Principal at Kendal College, said: “We know that our HE students are immensely satisfied with the quality of learning they receive at Kendal College and many go on to make exceptional progress because of it. However to have this backed up by a widely recognised survey and hear it direct from the students themselves is always music to our ears.”

One such student is Andrew Abbott from Kendal who studied the HND in Hospitality Management this year. He said: “The jump from the level 3 full-time course to the HND has been amazing: mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s been a step up and a great challenge. I’ve learnt about leadership characteristics and skills through the developing manager module, and learnt a lot about myself as a result!

“I love the College environment and have had so many experiences during my time here. I’ve been on trips to San Francisco, China, Berlin, Amsterdam and Belgium. I now work full time at Avanti in Kirkby Lonsdale and come to College two days a week.”

The National Student Survey is undertaken independently every spring by Ipsos MORI and all responses are confidential. More than 300,000 students in further and higher education completed the survey in 2017. For more information, visit

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