The National Student Satisfaction survey 2013, ranked the University of Portsmouth at 88 per cent, placing us in the top 30 of mainstream universities in England for student satisfaction. The results of the 2013 National Student Survey mark the seventh year running Portsmouth students have rated their university above the UK national average which this year stands at 85 per cent. The independent survey asks students across the UK to give feedback on the quality of their teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development. Portsmouth staff were particularly well regarded – 92 per cent of students thought staff were good at explaining things; 89 per cent thought staff were enthusiastic about their subject; and 88 per cent were able to contact staff when needed. Students also rated the University Library highly, with 88 per cent saying they were satisfied, again exceeding the sector average.The University of Portsmouth is in the top 50 universities in the UK, in The Guardian University Guide League Table 2014. Social Work, and Nursing and Paramedical Studies have also been placed in the top five in the country of the subject specific tables. Sports Science was ranked eighth. The University has risen 30 places to be placed at number 48 in the 2014 guide, up from 78 last year. This is the second largest rise of all the universities in the table. The marked rise in the rankings was due to an improvement across all eight indicators assessed by the Guide, including expenditure per student and graduate career prospects. Particular increases were reflected in the quality of teaching and an increased score for ‘added value’ which, according to The Guardian, means teaching has a bigger impact with more students achieving a better class of degree than might have been expected given their entry qualifications. The University has also risen eight places to 55 in The Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2014, largely due to our strong performance in the National Student Survey. This places us in the table's top five modern English universities.