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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

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The NSS ran at UCL between January and April 2019, with 69% of eligible students completing the survey. This compares to 61% of eligible students the previous year. 

UCL's overall results were encouraging, with overall student satisfaction rising to 82%, compared to 80% in 2018. 

There were also rises in student satisfaction with Assessment & Feedback, Teaching and Student Voice at UCL. 

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), said: "Students are at the heart of what we do, so we have to know what they think about their UCL journey.  We gather their opinions in many different ways – via NSS and other surveys, and through more than 1,000 students on our consultation panel and our network of fantastic student representatives.

"Their feedback informs the improvements we are making to education and the student experience at UCL, for example by enhancing our teaching, strengthening our support for health and wellbeing, and transforming our central London campus.

"So we’re very pleased to see that the work we’re doing, guided by UCL’s Education Strategy 2016-21, is beginning to have a positive impact on our students. There is much more to do, but today’s results confirm that we are on the right track.

"UCL’s distinctive research-based education prepares our fantastic students for the workplace and the world - 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."

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

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. 

Data from the NSS is featured on Discover Uni, which also contains data on jobs and salaries after graduation for prospective students.

UCL's NSS 2018 results showed that 80% of UCL students satisfied with the quality of their course.