The National Student Survey (NSS) officially launches at the University today, giving final year undergraduate students the opportunity to share their views about their University experience.
To say thank you for taking part, students who complete the survey can choose to receive £3 in free print credits or to donate £3 to Claire House and The Basement – two local charities. You will also be entered into a prize draw. Each month between now and the end of April one of our students will win an iPad.
Students who are eligible to take part in the survey will receive an invitation email. The email includes a link you can use to either claim your free print credit or donate the £3 to charity. You will then be automatically redirected to the NSS website. Please check your University email account for the invitation email.
The survey is an opportunity to share your opinions on what you like about the University, as well as things that you feel could be improved. It asks students to give their opinion on a number of areas including:
- teaching quality
- assessment and feedback
- academic support
- learning resources
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Gavin Brown, said: “We value your opinions about your time here and use your feedback to improve the student experience across the University. In the past, we’ve introduced a range of new initiatives in response to feedback received through the NSS, including lower printing costs, lecture-capture technology and our #LibraryOnTour scheme.”
You can find out more about the improvements we have made based on your feedback within the Your Student Feedback webpages.
In December, the Liverpool Guild of Students organised a preferendum in which students voted to boycott the NSS. The University respects the outcome of the vote and the right of students not to take part.
Professor Brown explained: “We recognise that the survey’s link with the Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework is a contentious one. However, the NSS is an independent measure of student satisfaction nationally and because the survey typically attracts a high response rate it is something the University values highly. The results are very important in allowing us to prioritise investment and concentrate on areas that you tell us are important. Therefore, the University will of course continue to listen to any feedback we receive from the NSS and encourages all eligible students to complete it.”
The NSS is commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and administered by independent research agency Ipsos MORI.
Watch: Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, explains why the NSS is important