Roundtable discussion on National Student Survey data

We're hosting two discussions with senior staff at higher education providers to understand how National Student Survey (NSS) data is used to improve the student academic experience.

The NSS is the largest student feedback survey in the UK. Every full-time undergraduate student is invited to complete the NSS at the end of their course.

The NSS is currently used:

  • To inform applicants about the student experience in higher education
  • To improve the student academic experience at universities and colleges
  • For public accountability

The UK higher education funding and regulatory bodies are currently in phase 2 of reviewing the NSS. This stage of the review is exploring the questions the survey should pose to students, and the publication of data we obtain from the NSS. The aim of this work is to ensure that the NSS remains fit for purpose, and that it continues to support regulation and student information across all four countries of the UK.

We’re hosting two roundtable discussions, on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June.

The aim of this roundtable is for the OfS and UK funding and regulatory bodies to understand:

  • How staff at providers currently use the available NSS data to improve the student academic experience
  • What and how the NSS data should be presented publicly and on the NSS results portal
  • What support and guidance is required to use NSS data
  • How we can encourage responsible use of NSS data
  • What NSS data is not available and how this would be useful
  • How we can remove burden on users of the NSS data

Participating will give you the opportunity to inform the development of the UK wide NSS consultation in the summer 2022 on the NSS data and dissemination.

Who should attend?

The OfS and UK funding and regulatory bodies are committed to engaging stakeholders from across the UK in the review of NSS data and dissemination and are looking to hear views from a wide range of providers. We would like to hear from senior staff at universities and colleges with a role in making policy decisions about the quality of higher education courses using NSS data.

How to register

Please complete the Eventbrite registration form by 1 June 2022 to express your interest in attending the roundtable.

Once the deadline has passed, we will review registrations received and then confirm your participation. There are 30 places available across the two events. As we are looking to hear views from a wide range of providers from across the UK, we will consider the following criteria when selecting participants

  • Provider type, e.g. university or college
  • Location of provider in UK

Only one person per provider can attend the roundtable event.

Register your interest for Wednesday 15 June Register your interest for Thursday 16 June

Additional information

Captions (subtitles) for online attendees: The roundtables will be held on Microsoft Teams. Closed captions can be turned on in a Teams meeting. 

Privacy: Please see our full privacy notice and our Eventbrite privacy notice.

Further questions: Please email [email protected].

Published 12 May 2022

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