National Student Survey (NSS)

This annual survey gives final year undergraduates the opportunity to comment on all aspects of your higher education experience.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is undertaken to inform students of where and what to study and to provide information that allows institutions to improve the experiences of students at that institution. It also gives the general public information about UK higher education.

How do I take part?

In 2021, the survey will launch at the University of Edinburgh on Monday 8 February. Ipsos MORI, the independent research agency that runs the survey, will contact eligible students via email in the first instance but they may also contact students via telephone or SMS. The survey can also be accessed anytime from 6 January via the Student Survey website:

What will I be asked?

The NSS is about your whole university experience, not just your final year. It asks you to provide honest and open feedback on the following:

  • Teaching on my course
  • Learning opportunities
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Academic support
  • Organisation and management
  • Learning resources
  • Learning community
  • Student Voice
  • Overall satisfaction
  • Employability and skills
  • Student safety
  • Covid-19 (this is an optional section)

What happens to my responses?

At a national level NSS results are made available through the Discover Uni website which can be used to help prospective students make the decision of where and what to study.

At a University level the results are analysed and then used to make recommendations for improvements across the University.

What happens with my contact details?

The University of Edinburgh supply the contact details of all eligible students to Ipsos MORI strictly for the purpose of NSS only. All student details will be removed from Ipsos MORI’s systems when the project is complete in summer 2021. 

More information on how the University uses and shares data can be found here: Privacy Statement

Can I opt out of the survey?

Participation is completely voluntary and so if you wish to opt out please contact

Who can I contact regarding the NSS?

If you have any queries regarding the NSS, please contact