BBC Radio 5 Live Final Year Undergraduates Survey
Survey of final year undergraduates about their education for BBC Radio 5 Live.
  • Just half of final year undergraduate university students (52%) say that their university education has been value for money. 40% say it has not been value for money.
  • Two thirds of STEM subject students (65%) say their education was value for money, compared to less than half of humanities and social science students.

Q: Which of the following comes closest to your opinion about your university education?

%
It has been value for money 52%
It has not been value for money 40%
Don't know 8%

Base: All final year students (n=1,004)

 

  • Most final year students (58%) think that their university education has somewhat prepared them for the future.
  • A quarter think that it has prepared them a great deal (26%), while 14% think it has not really prepared them.
  • Just 3% say it has not prepared them for the future at all.
  • Opinions about this are similar across students of different subjects.

Q: To what extent do you feel that university has prepared you for the future?

%
A great deal 26%
Somewhat 58%
Not really 14%
Not at all 3%
Don't know 0%

Base: All final year students (n=1,004)

 

  • Less than half of final year students (46%) would take the same course at the same university if they could start again.
  • However, despite many students saying their education is not value for money, just 3% say they would not to go to university at all if they had the chance.
  • Similar proportions say they would do the same course again, but at a different university (18%) as say they would do a different course at the same university (17%).
  • One in eight (12%) say they would still go to university but would do a different course at a different university.

Q: If you could start university again, which of the following do you think you would do?

%
I would take the same course at the same university 46%
I would take the same course at a different university 18%
I would take a different course at the same university 17%
I would take a different course at a different university 12%
I would not go to university at all 3%
Don't know 5%

Base: All final year students (n=1,004)

 

 

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Date Published
22nd June 2015
Client
BBC Radio 5 Live
Methodology
Methodology Note: ComRes interviewed 1,004 final year undergraduate students online between 1st and 7th May. Data were weighted to be representative of all final year undergraduates at British universities, including by university type. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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