Published: 15 December 2016

Last chance to enter a £500 prize draw


If you are a first year undergraduate and you’d like to be in with the chance of winning £500, why not take part in the Learning Gain project and complete an online survey? You need to complete the survey by 23 December 2016.

As a thank you for taking part in the project, you will be entered into a free prize draw. Prizes include one of the following:

  • Two prizes of £500
  • Five prizes of £100

The initial survey shouldn’t take more than 40-minutes to complete and includes questions about your study experience, as well as a number of problem-solving questions. Once you have completed the initial survey, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – the organisation who are running the initiative – will ask you to complete three more similar assessments at the end of your first, second and final years at the University.

Paul Gaunt, the Head of the Careers and Employability Service, explains other benefits you may gain if you complete the survey: “The skills first year students will gain by completing this survey could prove highly valuable. Many graduate employers across a range of sectors often use similar forms of assessment during their initial application stages.

“By honing these assessment skills now, and reflecting on their personal learning and development, students can make themselves more competitive prospects in the graduate jobs market once they have graduated.”

Once you have completed the survey, you will be sent a report that summarises your responses. The report will include a list of correct answers to the problem-solving questions.

HEFCE said the project aims to evaluate students’ personal and professional growth in their time at university.

Please note: If you have not received the email, you may have chosen to opt out of this particular communication.


    • The first survey should be completed by 23 December 2016
    • To enter the free prize draw, visit the IFF Research website via this link and complete their instructions in order to complete the survey

In brief: The Learning Gain Project

  • The survey is only open to first year undergraduate students
  • If you enter the survey, you  will be entered into a prize draw and could win a £500 prize or a £100 prize
  • The survey contains problem-solving questions and questions about your study experience
  • Once you have completed the survey, HEFCE will contact you again at the end of your first, second and final years of study

If you have a question or would like to know more information about the Learning Gain Project, please contact the Student Opinion Team.

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