University is praised for information it provides

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The University of Portsmouth has come out on top in a Which report which examines how much information it provides to prospective students.

The university is one of 50 institutions sampled in the report which examined how each university’s website displayed information for an undergraduate psychology degree course.

Three-quarters of the institutions sampled were found to be breaching consumer law by not providing all necessary information including fees, how students will be assessed or how many hours teaching they would receive. In addition, two-thirds of universities failed to give up-to-date information on fees.

The university didn’t fail in any category and was judged to be following good practice in nine categories.

The university’s web and new media manager James Mellor said: ‘Ensuring visitors to the website can find what they need easily is absolutely paramount.

‘By far the majority of traffic to our website is from people deciding whether to study a particular course.’