As the NSS closes, the USS and PTES begin Articles

The National Student Survey (NSS) closed on 30 April and our final response rate was 74.8%, which is 1.6% ahead of the same time last year. Thank you to everyone who encouraged our eligible students to complete the survey. Ipsos Mori will now process the data and we expect to receive the results in August.

Two further surveys will open shortly they are, the University Student Survey (USS) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), both will close on Friday 16 June.

The web-based surveys are quick and easy to complete and students eligible to complete the surveys will receive an invitation by email. Students eligible for the USS and PTES are:


  • On-campus USS is restricted to first year undergraduates,
  • Non-final year students at UK partner college,
  • All wholly overseas college students.


  • UK taught postgraduates.

Both surveys help provide an accurate picture of student views and inform university policy so we are keen that as many students as possible take part.

To make the 2017 USS as relevant as possible, on-campus students will only be asked a small number of NSS questions together with questions on areas of specific relevance to the University.

The PTES is part of a nationwide Higher Education Academy (HEA) initiative and allows for the benchmarking of the views of taught postgraduates against other universities.

How you can help

We are aware students may not be attending teaching while these surveys are open, but where possible it would be helpful if you can explain the purpose and importance of these surveys to the university and how they help us improve the service we deliver to students.

For detailed results of previous year's surveys see the Student Surveys webpage. 

If you have any questions about the student surveys please email Sonia Singh for the NSS and Katarina Thomson for the USS and PTES.