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National Student Survey (NSS)

The NSS is used to inform future students about courses and universities across the UK.

You may have heard of the National Student Survey already as every final year undergraduate in the UK is invited to participate. This survey takes place in the second term of your final year, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

National Student Survey 2019

This year's NSS is now open for all final-year undergraduates. It's your opportunity to give honest feedback on your experience of studying at UCL. 

You will have received an email invitation to complete the survey from Ipsos MORI, the independent research agency who organise the NSS. You can also complete the survey here

UCL will also be promoting the survey, as it gives us a vital insight into how students feel about the university and their course. Suggestions from surveys such as the NSS have brought about a number of improvements across UCL.  

You can even earn a reward for your department by completing your NSS questionnaire. When 70% of eligible students in a department complete the survey, the department recieves a reward to spend on final year students.

National Student Survey 2018

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The NSS closed on 30 April 2018. UCL achieved a response rate of 61%, up from 49% in 2017. The NSS results were published in late July 2018. 

The data from the NSS is featured on the Unistats website, which also contains data on jobs and salaries after graduation for prospective students.

UCL's NSS 2018 results were encouraging, with 80% of UCL students satisfied with the quality of their course.

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), acknowledges there is more work to do to improve student satisfaction at UCL. He said: "We acknowledge that we have more to do and we are working hard to improve our students’ experience by enhancing our teaching, transforming our central London campus and developing a brand new dedicated student centre in Bloomsbury and our new UCL East campus in Stratford.

“As one of the world's leading universities, our aim is to give all our students the opportunity to carry out intellectually-stretching research and interact with world-class academic staff. As a result, over 93 per cent of UCL students graduate with a high level degree (1st or 2:1).

“Our students also benefit from all the fantastic opportunities that are on offer in London – including volunteering, work experience, networking and employment – and our graduate employability ranks highly in the UK and globally. We also work closely in partnership with our student community, including more than 1,000 students on our consultation panel, to shape the future of education at UCL.”

You can find more information here on how student feedback is being used to shape UCL.