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National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) is for final year undergraduate students. NSS 2022 is open from 6 January to 30 April.

The 2022 National Student Survey runs from 6 January until 30 April. Eligible students will be invited to complete the NSS in emails from Ipsos MORI beginning 13 January. 

Final-year undergraduates can also complete the NSS directly at www.thestudentsurvey.com 

NSS 2021 results are available to download on the You Shape UCL website (log in required). 

Key NSS documents for UCL staff

NSS 2022 - full questionnaire for UCL students (PDF)

NSS 2022 - guidance for departmental NSS Liaison Officers (PDF)

Download NSS 2022 promotional materials

Ipsos MORI's NSS 2022 Good Practice Guide (PDF)

UCL's 2022 response rate reward scheme

At UCL, departments can qualify for an additional allocation of funds to use in collaboration with students, when they achieve an NSS response rate of 70% or higher. The funds range from £250 to a maximum of £1,500 according to the size of the NSS-eligible cohort. 

Size of NSS-eligible cohortAdditional funds
1-49 students£250
50-99 students£400
100-149 students£650
150-199 students£1,000
200 or more students£1,500

What the National Student Survey is

The National Student Survey (NSS), in which all UK final year undergraduate students are invited to participate, has been run annually since 2005.

The NSS is managed on behalf of the Office for Students (OfS) by Ipsos MORI, an independent survey research agency, which runs the NSS during the second term each year.

Students are asked to complete the NSS questionnaire online and may be contacted by telephone and by post.

The NSS covers the academic experience, including:

  • teaching
  • assessment and feedback
  • academic support
  • organisation and management
  • learning resources.

The NSS results are used as part of the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) data package and also discussed at the Student Experience Committee.

The NSS is a UCL institutional priority and the data is also reported annually to UCL Council.

NSS results form part of the information shown on the Discover Uni website, alongside graduate destinations and salaries, student continuation rates, tariff points for entry and accreditation / professional recognition of courses across the UK. 

NSS results

NSS 2021 results (login required)

NSS 2020 results (login required)