The National Student Survey (NSS) 

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey which gives final year higher education students the opportunity to provide feedback about their experience on their course. The information gathered is intended to help future applicants to decide between courses and also to allow higher education providers to improve the learning experience in areas where feedback is less positive.

The survey is run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of:

  • The Department for the Economy Northern Ireland
  • The Office for Students
  • The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • The Scottish Funding Council

In the survey, students respond to statements using a five-point response scale from 'definitely disagree' to 'definitely agree'. The statements are grouped into the following sections:

  • The teaching on my course
  • Learning opportunities
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Academic support
  • Organisation and management
  • Learning resources
  • Learning community
  • Student voice

On Unistats we display the percentage of students who either responded 'definitely agree' or 'agree' to each statement.

For more information about the NSS, visit the National Student Survey website (Opens in a new window).

Publication of results

NSS data for the course can only be displayed on Unistats where at least 10 students have completed the survey and where we have responses from half of all the students surveyed on that course.

For the 2019 survey, where we have had fewer than the 10 responses we need, we will group responses with those from the 2018 survey.

For some courses we need to group responses with those from other courses in the same subject area at the institution.  This may be because the course has not run before, is small or has not been running for long enough for the data to be available.  There will be an icon with four bars where this has been necessary and you can hover over this to see more information.  In some cases, we still do not have enough data to publish even when it is grouped, so no data appears.  It is important to note that this is not a reflection on the quality of the course.



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