How the University of Manchester Improved Student Satisfaction From 67% to 98%

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Manchester received alarmingly low marks on the 2009 National Student Survey. To address the issue, the school knew it had to engage students with practical course work that would give them the chance to “do engineering.” Lab exercises with NI educational tools improved relevance for students and, after only one year, the school-wide effort raised overall student satisfaction by 31 percentage points. Use these resources to learn more about:

  • Replicating the Manchester approach at your university.
  • Scaling the NI platform from undergraduate to research courses and across engineering disciplines.
  • Introducing your students to the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS), NI Multisim, NI LabVIEW, NI myDAQ, and NI USRP™ (Universal Software Radio Peripheral).

Who is National Instruments?

Since 1976, National Instruments ( has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. The NI approach to graphical system design in engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company’s long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers, and shareholders.