The National Student Survey (NSS)

Eligible final year undergraduates can complete the 2023 NSS from Monday 6 February 2023. 

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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.

Have your say through the NSS

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?

The survey will be live for eligible UoB final year students from Monday 6 February to Sunday 30 April 2023. You should have received an email from Ipsos MORI inviting you to complete the survey. This email contains a survey link unique to you. You can also take part in the survey directly through the survey website.

Complete the survey

If you don’t complete the survey, you’ll continue to get reminders from Ipsos MORI by email or phone until you've completed it. You can opt out at any time by contacting them directly. At the University, we never know who has or hasn’t completed it, so you may still receive reminders from us via email.

Completing the NSS is really quick and easy – it won’t take longer than ten minutes to fill in. Visit the National Student Survey website to learn more. 

Your feedback really does help make a difference in shaping student experience and we hope you will take part in the NSS this year.

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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