National Student Survey (NSS)

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

Why should I take part?

The NSS is a survey for all final year undergraduate students in UK universities. It is a unique opportunity to pass on your thoughts about your whole experience through all your years of study at the University of Edinburgh. We read all of your ratings and comments carefully, so this is also your opportunity to identify improvements and shape the future student experience. The results of the survey are widely published externally and used by future students to make informed choices about where and what to study.  

How do I take part?

In 2019 the survey will run from 4th February to 30th April 2019. Eligible students will receive an email notification when the survey opens.

What does it ask about?

The National Student Survey (NSS) gathers opinions from mostly final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. It asks you to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study your course at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2018, the NSS included questions on:

  • 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
  • Personal tutor

What happens to my responses?

The survey is run by Ipsos MORI, an independent research agency, so your views are completely confidential. They hold your data for the purposes of the NSS only. Ipsos MORI may remind you to complete the survey by email, text message or telephone and the University has no control over how or when this happens. However they will not contact you once you complete or opt out of the survey.

What happens afterwards?

At a national level

Your feedback is used to compile year on year comparative data. The results are publicly available to prospective students, their families and advisers to help make informed choices of where and what to study.

The NSS results are also available through 'Key Information Sets' (KIS), which are published on the websites of universities and colleges and the Unistats website, the official resource for comparing UK Higher Education courses.

UniStats website

At the University of Edinburgh

We analyse the results and make recommendations for change based on the findings, and the results and feedback (including free text comments) are used by Schools to improve and enhance the student experience for future students. You can find examples of actions the University has taken in response to recent student feedback, including the NSS, at the following link: 

Inspiring Students: We're listening

Some of the findings may prompt further research so we can gain more of an understanding of how students feel about particular issues.