The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey of all final year undergraduate degree students in the UK, designed to assess their experience of university life.
NSS is made up of 27 questions covering topics such as teaching on the course, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, learning resources and the student association. Students are also asked to give an overall satisfaction score.
The results of the survey are used by universities and colleges to improve students’ academic experience, pinpointing areas for change and the enhancement of teaching and learning.
Last year’s survey was completed by 78% of eligible students, and saw Edinburgh Napier University obtain an overall course satisfaction score of 74. Overall Student Satisfaction is one of the University’s Strategy 2020 key performance indicators and our target is 90+ by 2020.
A number of activities are planned to promote NSS 2019 to students, but 52% of 2018 NSS participants said they heard about the survey from a lecturer or member of staff. It’s therefore critically important staff get their final year undergraduate students to reflect on their entire experience at Edinburgh Napier and encourage them to complete the survey.
Here’s how you can help:
- Encourage students to reflect on their entire experience at Edinburgh Napier when completing the survey, not just the last few weeks/months/year
- Ask students to check their student email account for an email from Ipsos MORI – and to complete the survey online to avoid a call from Ipsos MORI to complete the survey over the phone!
- Where possible, set aside five to ten minutes at the end of relevant classes to allow students to complete the survey during that time
- A staff intranet hub is available, containing information and resources such slides, email templates and designed campaign collateral to help promote NSS 2019 to students
The survey is open until Tuesday, 30 April and we’d love to beat last year’s student participation rate of 78%.
So get involved and help make Edinburgh Napier an even better place to study.