The National Student Survey (NSS)

Please note the 2023 National Student Survey (NSS) has now closed.

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The National Student Survey (NSS) is a nationally recognised annual survey of final year undergraduates in the UK. 

It is commissioned by the Office for Students (OfS) on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. It is administered by Ipsos MORI, an independent market research agency, so answers remain anonymous at all times.

Although not compulsory, it’s a great opportunity for you to share your honest feedback on what it has been like to study on your course as well as your overall experience at Birmingham. You can help us to understand what is working well for students, and where we need to make further improvements.

Everything you need to know about the NSS

Can I complete the NSS?

If you are in your final year of studying on a course leading to undergraduate credits or qualifications, you could be eligible. If you are eligible you will receive an email from Ipsos MORI with a personalised link to the survey.

How do I complete the NSS?

Please note that the 2023 National Student Survey window for UoB student has now closed.

What is ‘inappropriate influence’ and how can I report it?

Staff and students at the University may encourage you to complete the survey, but they should not influence the way you respond to the questions – this should be your own opinion.

The Office for Students (OfS) class 'inappropriate influence' as: ... ‘any activity which may encourage students to reflect anything other than their true opinion of their experiences during their course in their NSS responses’.

You may find this guide on inappropriate influence helpful. 

If you have any concerns about whether someone has tried to influence your response to the NSS inappropriately (rather than simply encouraging you to participate in the survey), you can contact the OfS’s dedicated NSS allegations email inbox: 


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