University of Essex Online wins online classroom experience award at Global Student Satisfaction Awards


15th Oct 2021


Online study


The University of Essex Online has taken home the award for best online classroom experience at the Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021. This fantastic achievement recognises us for our commitment to world-class online learning.

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards are the only student-powered global university overview that captures students’ feedback on their study experience. The Awards are delivered by Studyportals in collaboration with the British Council, IELTS and Unibuddy.

This year, 108,000 reviews were collected from students across 4,000 organisations around the world, to recognise the best universities for their excellence in 8 different categories:

  • Overall satisfaction
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Quality of student life
  • Career development
  • Student diversity
  • Admission process
  • Online classroom experience
  • Covid-19 crisis management

For the online classroom experience award, we were nominated as the EMEA nominee and up against Toronto School of Management from the Americas and La Trobe University from Asia Pacific regions.

The Awards ceremony took place on 14 October in Eindhoven, Netherlands and featured keynote speeches from luminaries in international higher education. This included Dr Fransesc Pedró, Director of UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education, who spoke on reimagining the future of higher education mobility, and Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, who shared his views on student experience.

“Our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment contains teaching materials designed for online delivery from the very start. But we know that this isn’t all the online student experience is about. And I don’t think we’d have won this award without the outstanding support we provide to our students all the way through their degree.”

Acceptance speech by Nicola Pittman, Managing Director of the University of Essex Online

We are so pleased to be recognised by our students and alumni for our outstanding performance in online classroom experience and we would like to thank them all for their reviews!

If you want to find out more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, you can download our prospectus. Or if you already know you would like to study with us, you can apply online.