The University has won the prestigious award because of its strong record of student retention, with a non-completion rate of 8.1% - better than the national average and roughly half the expected level given the intake of students and course profile.
There has been a concerted effort across the University to improve Roehampton's teaching and learning. For example, this year Roehampton introduced standardised evaluation of every undergraduate module that students study. Results are analysed thoroughly and then passed on to heads of departments and senior management. The results show that the standard of teaching and the academic support that students receive contributes to the high retention rate, according to the module evaluations received these are the areas that students are most satisfied with.
Departments and subject areas are asked to review and action any areas of apparent weakness while sharing good practice with others in the areas where they are stronger.
"It is testament to the hard work that colleagues have put in that we have been recognised for our achievements. The University is very committed to supporting our students and giving them the very best learning environment and experience we can." said Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O'Prey.
The University works continuously to improve the student experience, and has been shortlisted this year for a Times Higher Education Award 'Most Improved Student Experience'. The University also has an innovative Student Partnership - the Student Senate is made up of over 30 members, students making up more than half. The Student Senate is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and reports directly to the Senate and Council. The Student Senate has a budget of £50,000.00 for students to invest directly in areas they consider most important.
Roehampton is London's only collegiate campus university. It has four colleges; Whitelands, Southlands, Frobel and Digby Stuart based in a 64-acre campus, with stunning parkland and lakes, on or adjacent to Roehampton Lane. Whitelands is based in the eighteenth-century mansion, Parkstead House, overlooking Richmond Park, which also houses the Department of Life Sciences. The buildings have recently been refurbished with IT facilities, student accommodation, laboratories and teaching space. The colleges are the focus for the students' social activities on campus and there are still intercollegiate sports. The University is the only traditional collegiate campus in London.
Notes to Editors:
About the University of Roehampton, London: The University of Roehampton, London provides a high-quality learning experience in a friendly and supportive environment. The Roehampton ethos sees higher education as an important driver of both personal growth and social change. Roehampton has a proud and distinguished history dating back to the 1840s, its Colleges were also among the first colleges of higher education in the UK to admit women. That tradition of commitment to equality continues to be part of the ethos of Roehampton, which has one of the most diverse communities of students in the UK. Today the University has a broad range of expertise across business, the arts and humanities, social sciences and human and life sciences, at the same time as maintaining its historic strength in education.