The National Students Survey (NSS) is managed by the Office for Students (OfS) on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies - the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland), The Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
The NSS gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses which helps to:
- inform prospective students’ choices
- provide data that supports universities and colleges to improve the student experience
- support public accountability.
Every university in the UK takes part in the NSS, as do many colleges. Response rates are consistently high. You can have a look at last year's stats, here.
The Office for students has asked for stakeholders to share their views on the future of the NSS. The review follows a request by the universities minister to address concerns about how survey may be creating burden and impacting on standards while ensuring the NSS remains an important indicator of student opinion.
Your Officer Team have submitted a response to the OfS and stated that they think there’s value in the NSS continuing and that they believe it would be terrible to determine the quality of a course based on how much graduates earn.
The Officer Team finished their response with the following statement:
"?Thank you for this opportunity to give feedback, as a Students’ Union we strongly feel that there is a high level of value in the National Student Survey continuing. We would, however, encourage the OfS to more regularly survey Students’ Union’s on their views of the National Student Survey, as we believe this is currently too rare."