National Student Survey (NSS)

NSS 2017 specific information

The NSS is a national survey of final year undergraduate students. It runs across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some HEIs in Scotland are also choosing to take part. It is a national initiative that has been conducted annually since 2005 www.thestudentsurvey.com

The survey was commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Ipsos MORI, an independent market research agency, was commissioned to undertake it. The survey is supported by the NUS and Bristol SU.

Those surveyed include full and part-time, final year undergraduate students; however it does not include students studying initial Teacher Training or some Nursing related subjects, (see who is eligible to be surveyed in the NSS for full details).

The survey asks final year students a series of questions about the quality of the education they have received. Each University chooses the week in which to start the survey promotion at their institution (five possible weeks from early January) and the survey closes at the end of April. Eligible students will first receive an e-mail inviting them to complete the survey online, non-respondents are followed up by email and telephone.

The survey results are made public on the Unistats website, which is linked to the UCAS website.

If you have any general questions about the NSS please contact Sam Jones or Sara Moore or email student-surveys@bristol.ac.uk.