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National Student Survey now live

The National Student Survey (NSS) for 2013 goes live for final-year undergraduates at Sussex today (Monday 11 February).

Eligible students can now complete the survey at

Sussex students who complete this year’s survey will benefit from two incentives:

  • a £5 voucher to be spent in University-run catering outlets
  • £1000 for their School - if 70% of eligible students in a School complete the NSS, student reps in that School will be given £1000 to spend on enhancing local learning and social spaces

Professor Clare Mackie, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor says: “We hope that students will take their time filling in the survey.

“We listen very carefully to the feedback that students give us - whether in the classroom or more formal feedback linked to individual course evaluations - and the NSS provides a final opportunity for us to know whether the changes we have made have actually improved the student experience. 

 “For example, we are currently in the middle of the first academic year in a new structure that gives students an exams and assessment period in January as well as in the summer. This is helping us to assess students and get feedback to them much more quickly and effectively.”

Other changes in recent years include 24-hour opening of the Library, new buildings (including Fulton and Jubilee), and professional development initiatives such as Sussex Plus.

Feedback is also used to help prospective students choose where and what to study.

The results are published as Key Information Sets (KIS) on university websites; on a new national website; and on the UCAS course search tool. They are also used to help create the main university league tables.

The NSS can be completed online at

Three-quarters (more than 1,900) of eligible Sussex students completed the 2012 survey.

The NSS is an annual survey of final-year undergraduates across the UK, commissioned on behalf of the government by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and supported by the National Union of Students (NUS).

For more information visit the University’s NSS web pages (

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Monday, 11 February 2013

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