National Student Survey

Take part in the NSS - a survey of all final-year students in the UK about the quality of your academic experience. The survey means you can make your opinions on your higher education student experience count at a national level. You may win a prize for taking part in the survey. The 2018 survey is running at Sussex from 5 February until 30 April.

Enter into a prize draw

If you take part in the survey, you can enter into a prize draw for a chance to win one of more than 60 prizes. Every three weeks (until 30 April) we'll choose 15 lucky students who have already responded to the survey and give them the chance to pick from top prizes, including: 

  • £60 Stanmer House afternoon tea vouchers
  • £300 and £250 travel vouchers
  • £60 Pizza Express vouchers
  • £60 vouchers for Terre a Terre restaurant
  • Two tickets for BA i360 flight and sparkling wine
  • Sea Life Centre package worth £60.

What’s more, the sooner you respond, the more chances you have to win. For example, if you complete the survey in the first week and win a prize you will still be entered into the prize draw for all of the other weeks – including the £500 travel vouchers. 

We'll also give £1,000 for improving the student experience to each school that achieves a 60% response rate and £2000 for each school that achieves 70%.

Who can take part

You can take part in the survey if you: 

  • are in your final year of study on a course leading to undergraduate credits or qualifications (such as undergraduate degree, Foundation Degree, Higher Education Certificate and Diploma)
  • are on a flexible part-time programme (you should complete the survey in your fourth year of study)
  • have withdrawn from study during your final year (you should still complete the survey as your feedback is equally valuable)
  • are repeating your penultimate year (you should complete the survey now not when you eventually progress to your final year).

If you already completed the survey in 2017, you should not complete it again in 2018.

More information about the NSS

The survey is run on behalf of the UK government and is used to assess the quality of a student's degree as a whole. If you decide to take part, you should think back over your three years at university when responding - not just your final year.

It is conducted by the external polling company Ipsos-MORI and whilst the University helps to promote it, all the personal contact with Sussex students, e.g. by phone or email, is carried out by them.

By giving a few minutes, you'll help to inform students who plan to enter university about the quality of their course (and Sussex).

The results are analysed and used to compile a year-on-year comparison of data that:

  • helps prospective students make informed choices of where and what to study
  • enables the participating institutions to identify and improve in areas where they may have let their students down.
Your contact details

Students' contact details are provided to Ipsos MORI by the University. The participants and their answers remain anonymous throughout the entire survey process.

Students are asked for some personal identification information in order to verify that they were eligible to take part.

Sussex, like other UK universities, is required to take part in the survey and to provide students' contact details.

Changing your comments in the survey

Ipsos-Mori do accept additional comments to the open questions. If you would like to make any additional comments please email: Please note that to append additional comments to your submitted survey responses we will ask you for some verification information. 

Respondents are also entitled to ask that part or all of their record of the survey/research to be deleted. Any requests to change responses should be made by April 30 2018. For further information, please contact:

Publication of NSS results 

The results are published online at the Unistats website which aims to assist prospective students in making informed decisions about what and where to study.

Understanding NSS terminology

The NSS uses some general academic or student experience terms which are not used in all universities:

  • "Feedback": comments from your teachers and peers on all aspects of your work = at Sussex feedback is given not only in response to assessments, but also in lectures, seminars, tutorials and individually via academic advising and office hours
  • "Academic support": the person who provides advice to you on your academic programme of study = at Sussex this mainly means your academic advisor, but it also includes input that you may have received from other academic colleagues in relation to course choice, and so on.
  • "Learning resources": this covers the range of resources - electronic library, Study Direct materials, hard copy study packs, periodicals, books and so on, across the full range of resources provided by the Library, ITS and your department;
  • "Personal development": all the elements in your studies which help you develop wider experience and skills = at Sussex these are often embedded in your academic programme and includes things like group working, time management and making oral presentations. But it also includes extra-curricular opportunities that you have experienced at the University, through clubs and societies, student volunteering/development projects, mentoring other students, student representation and/or involvement in the Students' Union, and so on.

For more information visit the NSS website


For information about how the survey is promoted at Sussex, contact the central internal communications team: 
T 01273 87 8888

For information on how the NSS results are used at Sussex, contact Chris Wellings, Head Of Academic Development & Quality Enhancement Office:


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