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National Student Survey to launch on 6 January

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The 2020 National Student Survey (NSS) will open to final-year undergraduates on Monday 6 January. The NSS is an important way for students coming towards the end of their courses to let us know what they think about their time at Sussex.

Managed by the Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England, and run by polling company Ipsos MORI, the NSS is used to assess the quality of a students’ degree as a whole.

Results are taken very seriously by the University and the OfS. NSS results are made publicly available through the Discover Uni website to help prospective students, their families and advisors make informed choices about where and what to study. 

Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, says: “Thank you for working together to maximise engagement with the NSS and gather essential feedback from our students.”

Why should students take part?

Our students’ views matter. NSS responses help to shape ongoing and future improvements.

This year, for every Sussex student who takes part in the NSS, the University will donate £2 to the Woodland Trust for their work, which includes woodland protection and reforestation projects in the UK. This way student feedback can have an even bigger impact – by helping to cut carbon emissions. 

In addition, if students complete the NSS online by 29 February they can opt in to a prize draw for £750 cash. The winner will be randomly picked by Ipsos MORI after the closing date. 

How can students complete the NSS? 

Eligible students can fill in the NSS online at www.thestudentsurvey.com at any time from 6 January to 30 April 2020. 

Ipsos MORI will soon be in touch with students by email to invite them to complete the survey. 

More information for students is available on the Student Hub.

What resources are available for staff?

Resources including the NSS Good Practice Guide and campaign assets are available via this Box link (you will need to enter your Sussex login details to access).

On Thursday 9 January there will be a briefing session from 10.30am to 11.30am in Jubilee 118, where colleagues who will be working on survey promotion can find out more. Please email internalcomms@sussex.ac.uk by 7 January if you plan to attend.

For further information visit the Staff NSS pages where you will find information and guidance. If you have any further questions please contact Denise Cooper, Associate Director for Academic Services.


By: Charlie Littlejones
Last updated: Thursday, 2 January 2020

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