BNU students outside Gateway on sign

BNU now the No 1 ranked University across Greater London and the South-East for student satisfaction!

The 2023 National Student Survey (NSS), undertaken by final-year UK students, has been published today (10 August) and Buckinghamshire New University’s (BNU) performance continues to be consistently sector-leading. 

In fact, BNU is now the No 1 ranked University across Greater London and the South-East and 4th in the UK for overall student positivity1 and ranks as No 1 University in the UK for Assessment and Feedback for full-time, first degree students. 

BNU also exceeds or meets the sector average in 22 of the 27 core survey questions, including in each of the new six healthcare, allied health and clinical practice placements questions. 

Among all UK Universities, for all students, BNU ranks: 

  • 9th best for teaching 
  • 5th best for learning opportunities 
  • 5th best for assessment and feedback 
  • 5th best for student voice 


Bucks Students’ Union ranked No 1 in the UK among taught students at non-specialist institutions. 

For taught students, BNU also performed strongly in the new NSS question about the strength of communication around mental wellbeing services (BNU: 85% vs 76% sector average). 

For students taught or registered with BNU, the University performed above sector benchmark in six of the seven themes in this year’s NSS: 

  • Teaching on my course (BNU: 90% vs 87% sector benchmark) 
  • Learning opportunities (89% vs 85%) 
  • Assessment and feedback (87% vs 83%) 
  • Academic support (87% vs 85%) 
  • Organisation and management (80% vs 78%) 
  • Student voice (82% vs 77%) 


Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor of BNU said: “The University’s tremendous NSS results are testament to the dedication and tireless efforts of University staff and Bucks Students’ Union to deliver the best student experience. We are delighted that BNU is now the number one ranked University across Greater London and the South-East for student satisfaction. We’re also 4th in the UK for overall student positivity and first for  

assessment and feedback for full-time, first-degree students, as well as holding top-ten rankings for teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, and the student voice.” 

“Our university community takes great collective pride that this year’s NSS respondents are likely to have reflected on our award-winning response to the cost-of-living crisis, and their university experience during the COVID-19 pandemic when, together with the Students’ Union, we ensured that students were at the heart of everything we did.” 


[1] Averaging all questions in the National Student Survey, and considering the population of BNU taught or registered students.