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Open Days: Graduates provide positive endorsement for ECS courses

Published: 1 September 2011

Prospective students and visitors to ECS Open Days on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September will find excellent endorsement of the quality of ECS courses in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

The Survey reports each year on student satisfaction with courses across a range of variables. The results are compiled from a survey of final-year students carried out by the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency. Results for ECS-Electronics and Computer Science and all other university courses can be found on the Unistats web site, which also provides information on employability and entry levels to courses.

In the latest survey ECS Computer Science students gave a satisfaction rating of 92% - surpassed in England only by Cambridge, Bristol and West London Universities. The overall satisfaction rating for Electronics and Electrical Engineering students was 86%, which was in the top 20 of UK universities.

Figures for employability of ECS graduates (those in graduate-level jobs six months after graduation) were an outstanding 95% for both Computer Science and Electronics and Electrical Engineering, demonstrating the value that employers place on an ECS degree.

Open Days for prospective students take place this week on Friday and Saturday, 2 & 3 September.

On each of those days ECS-Electronics and Computer Science will be holding a day of tours, presentations, demonstrations and drop-in sessions, highlighting the opportunities available on our degree programmes, and emphasizing the unique character of the School. Visitors will have the chance to see all our undergraduate labs, and to meet past and current students, as well as to find out about our students' excellent career prospects.

Presentations are held in the Turner Sims Building (see map) and begin at 10 am (the Turner Sims is open for registration from 9 am with coffee available); there will then be separate tours and presentations for Computer Science & Software Engineering; Electrical & Electromechanical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; and Information Technology in Organisations. These presentations and tours are repeated at 11 am, 2 pm, and 3 pm.

Between 12 noon and 2 pm we will be holding two drop-in sessions in the Mountbatten Building where visitors can meet staff and students, tour the labs, watch videos of our Careers Fair and student project work, and find out more from ECS Admissions Tutors. Refreshments will be available. There will also be a presentation on 'Robotics in ECS' by Dr Klaus-Peter Zauner (12 noon in Turner Sims), and a Careers Talk by Joyce Lewis, who runs the ECS employability initiative, at 12.30 in Zepler Building (repeated at 1.15).

The University of Southampton Open Day website provides further information and booking.

'Visiting universities is extremely important in enabling students to find the best place for their study,' says ECS Professor Alun Vaughan. 'There are many factors which make a difference to the kind of educational experience that will suit a particular student and we urge prospective students to take advantage of these visit days to find out as much as they can about what we can offer them.'

Watch our Introduction to ECS Open Days (video) by Professor Alun Vaughan.

Electronics and Electrical Engineering is ranked 1st and 3nd in the UK in recent league tables (The Guardian and The Times May/June 2010) and Computer Science and IT is ranked 5th and 8th.


For further information contact Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0)23 8059 5453

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