NSS 2013 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 the UBU.
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. The survey opens in mid January and closes in mid April, however each University chooses the week in which survey promotion will start at their institution (five possible weeks from early January) . Eligible students will first receive an e-mail inviting them to complete the survey online, non-respondents are followed up by post and telephone.
The University and the Student Union work with Ipsos MORI to help promote the survey. Promotional materials for departments and support services are available for download to assist with the promotion of the survey.
The survey results are published on the Unistats website, which is linked to the UCAS website.
If you have any general questions about the NSS please contact Sam Jones in the first instance.