Shape the future! NSS 2018 opens next Monday

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 opens on Monday 15 January at the University of Portsmouth. The survey is open to mostly final year undergraduates, who can complete it at

What is the NSS?

The NSS is a nationally recognised annual survey of mostly final year undergraduates in the UK. The survey provides students with an opportunity to give their honest opinions on what they liked about their time on their course at the University of Portsmouth as well as things that they feel could have been improved.

The survey is administered by Ipsos MORI, an independent market research agency, so responses remain anonymous at all times.

Why should I take part?

  • The NSS provides you with the opportunity to provide honest feedback on your student experience
  • Your feedback will be used to improve the student experience here
  • The results are taken very seriously and feedback from previous students has led to improvements in courses, in departments and faculties, and University-wide.
  • Results are used by prospective students, their families and advisors to make decisions on what and where to study.

Are there any other reasons?

You have the chance to win one of 58 prizes in our own prize draw:

  • 4 x £250 Love2shop gift cards
  • 4 x Graduation packages
  • 25 x £10 Amazon vouchers
  • 25 x £10 Pizza Hut vouchers

What happens with the results?

The NSS results are made publicly available to help prospective students, their families and advisors to make informed decisions of where and what to study. We and the students’ unions also use the data to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to bring about change and enhancements to improve the student experience for future generations of students.

Data from previous surveys are available on Unistats website.

We have been participating in the NSS for several years and as a result of listening to what former students had to say, we have increased the Library and IS services on offer, given more support to students on assessment and feedback and offered a great range of career development opportunities.

How do I complete it?

On 15 January eligible students will be sent an invitation email to complete the survey by Ipsos MORI. You can complete the NSS online or on your phone at at any time to 30 April 2018. You may be contacted by Ipsos Mori up to eight times, however, as soon as you have completed the survey, you will not be contacted further by them.

More information about the NSS is available online or from your course leader.

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