1994 Group
members are committed to delivering very high levels of student satisfaction and offering an excellent experience to all students. The 1994 Group is consistently an excellent performer in the National Student Survey.


Each year, since 2005, the majority of the top 10 universities in the National Student survey, rated on student satisfaction, are 1994 Group members. The Group's aggregate performance substantially exceeds the sector as a whole. 

Higher Education has changed radically over the past decade, and no group has been more affected than students. The new system of variable fees has been introduced, together with bursaries and the welcome return of maintenance grants. As students assume more and more financial responsibility, this is undoubtedly affecting the choices they make as they start life at university. Inevitably, attitudes towards higher education are shifting.
 
The Group's members are small- to medium-sized institutions that operate on a human and personal scale. This allows them to respond rapidly and flexibly to student needs and maximise student-staff contact whilst having sufficient size to make a substantial contribution to high quality research.

'Managing Students' Expectations of University':

Click below for the recently published Policy Report, which illustrates innovative and excellent practice in the areas of: communicating with prospective students; providing information, advice and guidance (IAG) to applicants; and managing student expectations of university:
 

> 'Managing Students' Expectations of University', 1994 Group Policy Report, Nov 2010


'Beyond the Curriculum: Opportunities to enhance employability and future life choices':

Click below for the Policy Report, which investigates the co-curricular activity and awards being delivered by 1994 Group institutions, with recommendations to HEIs, business and government:

> 'Beyond the Curriculum', 1994 Group Policy Report, Nov 2009


Graduate Employment and Earnings Report, Nov 2008

To investigate the level of earnings and employment prospects of graduates from research-intensive universities, the 1994 Group launched its research report examining the Destination of Leavers from HE Longitudinal Survey.  We found that student expectations are being met to a greater extent in research-intensive universities, in terms of the employment and earnings prospects they graduate with.  To view this report, please follow the link below:

> Graduate Employment and Earnings Report, Nov 08


Student Experience Policy Report 2007:

To try to understand the changing expectations and experiences of students, and in attempt to raise this issue high on the national agenda, the 1994 Group launched its Student Experience Policy Report in November 2007. To view the Policy Report and accompanying Policy Statement, please follow the links below:


New Foundations, Enduring Values: Undergraduate Education, Research-Intensive Universities
and the Government's Reforms of 14-19 Education in England

In 2007, the 1994 Group undertook a research project, co-funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the 1994 Group, into the impact on research-intensive universities of three aspects of the government’s current reforms to 14-19 education

The report, titled, ‘New Foundations, Enduring Values: Undergraduate Education, Research-intensive Universities and the Government’s Reforms of 14-19 Education in England’ was published on 23 January 2008. The research found that 62% of admissions tutors in relevant undergraduate areas felt it was very likely, quite likely or possible that they would be admitting Advanced Diploma students to undergraduate courses from 2010.


National Student Survey Information:

Three years of the National Student Survey show that 1994 Group universities receive the highest levels of satisfaction. St Andrews is the highest performing UK university in 2007, and with Leicester, Loughborough and Exeter’s excellent results this means that four of the top five universities are from the 1994 Group. UEA and Birkbeck join them in the top ten, and the rankings of Durham, Lancaster and Reading mean that there are nine 1994 Group universities in the UK’s top twenty. The 1994 Group is consistently the best performer in this survey compared to other mission groups, improving on its excellent figures between 2005 and 2009.