Leaving us next Summer? Help shape your university

NSS - National Student SurveyThe National Student Survey (NSS) is carried out each year with all final year undergraduate students in UK Higher Education having the opportunity to take part. This is around 300,000 students, including over 4,500 from the University of Portsmouth.

How your answers help

The NSS is your opportunity to give your opinions on what you liked about your time at Portsmouth as well as things that you feel we could improve.  Your feedback from the survey will be used to improve the University’s courses, influence investment in University facilities and guide how your experience at the University is delivered.

How to fill out the National Student Survey (NSS)

If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, You will receive an email from the independent research company who run the NSS, Ipsos MORI, containing a personalised survey link.  When you follow this link you will be asked to enter your date of birth and it will then take you directly into the survey.  

Don’t leave it too late

It takes only 10 minutes to provide this crucial feedback.  You have until 30 April to fill it in but Ipsos MORI will begin to make follow-up calls to anyone who has not responded and who has a valid UK telephone number from three weeks after sending the initial email.  We regret that the University has no control over this, and that Ipsos MORI may call up to eight times.

There is also an opportunity to win prizes (see information at the end of the article).

Other ways to access the survey

  • Via a link through your Moodle account, use the QR code to access it
  • Go online to complete the survey directly at www.thestudentsurvey.com, any time until 30 April, regardless of whether you have received an email or not

If you access the survey via these routes, you will be required to enter the following personal information in order to verify that you are eligible to take part:

  • Registering institution
  • Known ID (student number) 
  • First four letters of surname
  • First and third letter of forename
  • Day and month of birth

Length of survey and question topics

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

There are 27 core questions across eight themes providing opportunities to comment on your experience as a student. The final comments question enables you to give positive and/or negative comments on your learning experience as a whole.

NSS results – where do they go?

The results are publicly available and can influence current and prospective University of Portsmouth students.

You can access the results on the Unistats website (they are usually published in September).

Prize draw entry on completion

Every student who completes the 2018 NSS will be entered into a prize draw. There are 20 prizes are:

  • 1 x £1,000 One4All gift card
  • 4 x Graduation packages
  • 5 x £50 Amazon vouchers
  • 10 x £25 Pizza Hut vouchers
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