National Student Survey

Running since 2005, the National Student Survey (NSS) is your chance to have your say about what you liked and didn’t like about your experiences during your time at University.

What is the NSS?


The NSS is a nationally recognised annual survey of mostly final year undergraduates in the UK. The survey provides students with an opportunity to give their opinions on what they liked about their time at University as well as things that they felt could have been improved.

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

Why should I take part?

  • You can give honest feedback on your learning experience
  • Your feedback will be used to improve the learning experience at the University
  • The results are taken very seriously and inform the quality assurance system with regards to teaching quality
  • Results are used by prospective students to make decisions on what and where to study

What happens with the results?

The NSS results are published to help prospective students make informed decisions of where and what to study. The University and the Students’ Union also use the data to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. This enables the University to focus our efforts to improve the student experience for future generations of students.

Data from previous surveys is available on Unistats.

How do I complete it?

Do not attempt to complete the survey before receiving an invitation email! Your details will not be in the system and you will not be able to complete the survey

Near the start of the calendar year, eligible students are sent an invitation email to complete the survey by Ipsos MORI. Later, non-respondents will be contacted by post or ultimately by telephone. You can find out more about the NSS online at

There’s usually an incentive to take part in the survey: in 2017, the cohort(s) with the highest completion rate won a prize.

Data protection

Your response is anonymous, so your answers can reflect your genuine perceptions of your experience. There’s no need to worry about your contact details being passed on; they will only be used for the purposes of the NSS and are destroyed shortly after.