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At UCL we view students as partners in their education. In order to involve you in the process of creating a better UCL education, it's important that we are open with survey results and make reports accessible to you, as well as showing how we are addressing areas of concern.

We aim to minimize the number of institutional surveys that you receive. The infographic below shows which survey you will be invited to depending on your level- and year of study. There is one survey per year for undergraduates and two for postgraduates.

UCL survey cycle

Summary of UCL Annual Survey Cycle infographic

Undergraduates will receive:

  • In their first year: New to UCL Survey
  • In their penultimate year: Student Experience Survey (SES)
  • In their final year: The National Student Survey (NSS)

Postgraduate Taught students will receive:

  • In their first year: New to UCL Survey
  • Annually: The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Postgraduate Research students will receive:

  • In their first year: New to UCL Survey
  • Final term every other year: The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

Find out more about our different surveys, view headline results and explore your department report.

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All new students: New to UCL

We want to ensure you experience a warm welcome to UCL and feel part of our university community. This survey is sent out to all new students and helps us to ensure we are providing you with the information and guidance you need to settle in. (Runs October - November)

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Penultimate year undergraduates: UCL SES

The UCL Student Experience Survey is for undergraduates in their second year of study. By sharing your feedback with us we hope we can understand what's important to you and how we can make a difference to your time at UCL. The survey focuses on your academic studies and support services. (Runs March - April)

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Final year undergraduates: NSS

Every year all final year undergraduate students studying in the UK are invited to take the National Student Survey (NSS). The NSS is used to inform future students about courses and universities across the UK. This survey takes place in the second term of your final year, and takes about five to ten minutes to complete. (Runs January - April)

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Master's students: PTES

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) aims to understand the specific needs of Master's and other PGT students. It runs during final term and covers your academic experiences. (Runs March - June)

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Research students: PRES

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is for all research students, it runs during final term every other year, and is administered by the Doctoral School. You can find further information about the PRES on the Doctoral School website. (Runs February - April)