National Student Survey 2017
What is the NSS?
Every year the National Student Survey (NSS) gives final year undergraduates the opportunity to share your views on your experience here at Imperial.
By taking part in the survey, you play a key role in helping the College to identify where we can improve – your feedback helps to inform key education-focused developments at the College. Once the results of the survey are released later in the year, each department creates an action plan aimed at enhancing areas such as teaching and student support, as part of the College’s strategic commitment to enriching the student experience.
Imperial College Union also uses your feedback to produce their annual Response to the NSS, which helps set priorities in their work with the College for the benefit of students.
Have your say
The higher the response rate from Imperial students, the more representative the outcome. To help make the survey as useful as possible we have a few tips when filling it in:
1. Rate your entire degree, not your final year.
The NSS is very different to SOLE. Use SOLE to discuss the positives and negatives of specific modules completed in a particular term and NSS for the positives and negatives of your whole degree.
2. Make your voice count.
Your responses are an important indicator of where things are going very well or need improving, help us by taking this opportunity to think about your time here and sharing your views. Your feedback will help the College to make changes to improve the experience of future students.
3. Give detailed comments on open text boxes.
There are free-text boxes on the survey. Be as detailed as possible if you want to help your Department and the College improve in the future, you can equally share your highlights.
How to take part
If you are a final year undergraduate you will receive an invitation to take part in the survey by email from Ipsos Mori, the organisation responsible for conducting the survey. They will follow up with reminders for those who haven’t yet completed the survey.
The survey itself consists a series of statements, grouped into eight categories. You’ll be asked to rate each statement from ‘Definitely agree’ to ‘definitely disagree’, or indicate where not applicable.
It takes about ten minutes to complete, and the full list of statements can be found below.
The teaching on my course
- Staff are good at explaining things
- Staff have made the subject interesting
- The course is intellectually stimulating
- My course has challenged me to achieve my best work
5. My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
6. My course has provided me with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
7. My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt
Assessment and feedback
Organisation and management
17. Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
26. The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’academic interests