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Student surveys and results

Information on UCL's institutional surveys, including who is eligible to take part and the latest results.

Our institutional student survey cycle reflects the journeys of our students throughout their time at UCL, aiming to keep the number of surveys that they are asked to respond to as low as possible, while collecting the information we need to make improvements.

In general, our undergraduates take just one survey per year, while our master’s students might complete two.

UCL's institutional surveys

New to UCL

All levels of study

New students (at all levels of study) are invited to complete an internal survey which captures their opinions of arrival, induction and motivations for studying here.

The survey runs from late October to December each year.

UCL Student Experience Survey (SES)

Penultimate-year undergraduates

Penultimate-year undergraduate students complete an internal survey with National Student Survey-style questions on the academic experience, as well as answering questions about UCL support services.

The SES runs from March to April

National Student Survey (NSS)

Final-year undergraduates

This nationwide survey invites all UK undergraduates to participate.

The survey runs from January to the end of April

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 

Taught postgraduates

This national survey from Advance HE collects students’ responses about the academic experience, and provides an opportunity to benchmark our performance against the sector and Russell Group.

The survey runs from April to June.

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 

Research students

This is also a national survey which collects students’ responses about the academic experience, and provides an opportunity to benchmark our performance against the sector and Russell Group.

The PRES is administered by the UCL Doctoral School and runs in March and April every other year. 


UCL puts students’ feedback, insights and contributions at the heart of our decision-making. We want students to know that we value their feedback and ensure they are given the opportunity to participate as partners in the process of shaping education at UCL.

Surveys are an important tool in gathering student feedback on their experience of studying at UCL, and complement UCL's other feedback opportunities. Whether collecting student perspectives on teaching, accommodation, or facilities, UCL encourages students to tell us what works and what needs improving.

Student survey policy and guidance

UCLs survey policy states that no large-scale surveys of students should be conducted without prior agreement from the Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs).

This does not include small-scale surveys (for instance of all the students in your department) but would cover, for example, a survey of all study abroad students.

The comprehensive Guide to Running a Survey is a great starting point if you have not run a survey before or if you would like to improve your future surveys.

The guide contains information on:

  • Basic survey principles – things to consider before running a survey
  • Available survey software – options to run surveys
  • Survey design best practices – survey length, style, scales
  • Response rates – representativeness, margin of error and how to increase your rates
  • Survey links – controlling survey access

Please note that in line with UCL’s Survey Policy, no institution-wide survey should take place at the same time as any of our annual student surveys. For more information, please read the survey policy or contact us at student.engagement@ucl.ac.uk.

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