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Joint UCL and UCL Union Statement on the 2007 National Student Survey

14 July 2007

To Final Year Undergraduate Students, You are being asked to complete the 2007 National Student Survey (NSS) this term, the largest student survey of its kind in the world and now in its third year of existence.

The NSS is your opportunity to give feedback on all aspects of university life, from the learning resources available, to course teaching and academic support.  UCL received generally positive feedback from its students in the 2005 and 2006 surveys and wants to hear your views in 2007 on the educational experience you received.

You can take part in the survey by going to the NSS web-site at:http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/

The NSS results will enable future students to make well-informed choices about their courses.  By providing valuable feedback on their learning experiences, today's students have an essential role in helping future students make the right choices about their higher education.

The NSS results are also used by UCL to help improve the educational experience for our students.  The overall results are considered at senior committee level and feed into discussions on future strategy.  More detailed results and student comments on the individual subject areas are considered at faculty level and are used to inform faculties and departments of what they are doing well and of where improvements may be needed.  For example, one area in which UCL has scored less well in previous years has been "assessment and feedback". This has now been considered at all levels within UCL, with a Working Group on Assessment and Feedback proposing specific ways to improve this area of provision.

UCL Union is also given the results of feedback obtained through the NSS and is able, via its representatives, to contribute to discussions in UCL committees as well as to consider any comments specifically concerning UCL Union.

We hope that you will complete the survey.*  It takes only five minutes on-line and will assist future students to make the right choices as well as helping your university and student union to improve the quality of the student experience.

Thank you,

Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost of UCL (Academic & International)
Nick Barnard, the UCL Union Media & Communications Officer

*Please note that if you do not wish to participate in the survey, please visit the NSS website in order to opt-out and ensure that you are not contacted any further.