National Student Survey 2021 is live

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2021 is now live.

Great Hall roof in Spring time

The NSS is an annual student experience survey of eligible undergraduates, normally in their final year, and is open until Friday 30 April.

It runs across all publicly-funded Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Its aim is to gather feedback from students on the quality of their educational experience. This feedback is then used internally as part of our ongoing review of our provision, as well as externally to help inform the choices of future applicants to higher education (see the DiscoverUni website).

You may be aware that, this year, providers in England are no longer required to promote the NSS to their students. However, they can choose to do so if they wish. Providers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are still required to promote the survey to their students. We’ve decided to continue promoting the NSS locally because we believe it’s the right thing to do. Therefore, we’re asking colleagues to continue to encourage completion of the survey to all their eligible students; the greater the response rate, the more reliable our results will be.

We want students to assess their experience honestly and objectively. Our Market Research and Insight Team will provide further guidance to schools on promoting the survey, including a toolkit of resources and important information about inappropriate influence.

Students can access the survey via the NSS website and can enter our prize draw for the chance to win one of 25 £50 Love2Shop vouchers. Students can also access the survey through Minerva, and it should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey is administered by Ipsos Mori, an independent market research agency, so answers remain anonymous at all times.

The core questionnaire has not undergone any changes since last year, but this year there will be a set of additional questions specifically focusing on the experiences during the covid-19 pandemic. Results will be available in August.

Please contact Stephanie Gow for further information.

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