The National Student Survey (NSS) 2024 will run at Queen Mary from 29 January to 30 April. The survey mostly covers final year undergraduates.
The National Student Survey (NSS) is a nationally recognised annual survey of final year undergraduates in the UK. Queen Mary has been participating in the NSS since 2005.
The survey provides students with an opportunity to give some honest feedback on your whole experience at Queen Mary - feedback that we will use to make improvements for students of the future. As it’s a national survey, it gives us, the public, and future students valuable insight into how we compare with other universities. The NSS also provides important information for prospective students to inform their choices about where they want to study. Queen Mary Students' Union is fully supportive of the NSS.
Alongside your elected representatives, feedback from Student-Staff Liaison Committees has been critical to making positive changes to your learning experience. Every year, we also make improvements to the student experience based on your feedback – see below for some examples.
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The School/Institute that gets the highest percentage of responses between 29 January and 16 February will receive £500 and can decide with their students what to do with it, from charity donations to graduation packages.
Congratulations to the School of History who won in 2023 and decided to donate the money to charity!
As a thank you for completing the survey, we want to offer every student who completes the NSS a £5 voucher redeemable at any Students’ Union outlet or the online shop: Qmotion Sport & Fitness Centre, Ground Café, Union Shop, Village Shop, Drapers Bar & Kitchen and The Griff. It can also be used for any Get Active sessions or exchanged for an event ticket at Drapers.
To claim your voucher, complete this simple form where you’ll be asked to upload a screenshot of the confirmation email you receive on completion of the survey. You need to do this as your answers and comments to the survey remain anonymous. You will receive your voucher within 7 days.
Alternatively, you can choose to donate your £5 reward to either a Society or Sports Club of your choice, or one of our student nominated charities for the 2023/24 academic year.
Community outreach work and engagement have always been intrinsic to what we do at Queen Mary. We want to take this opportunity to support the causes that matter to you.
Your Students’ Union representatives were asked to help pick a charity on behalf of students, and this year we will be supporting Bow Foodbank. They were chosen as the cost of living is heavily impacting many students and it feels appropriate to acknowledge and support a foodbank in such hard times. They also won Partner Organisation of the Year at last year's Students' Union Volunteer Awards, so we appreciate their work!
You can help boost the University’s total charity donation by completing the survey and encouraging others to do so:
On reaching a 50% completion rate for the survey, the University will donate £500
At 60%, the University will donate a further £250 to a total of £750
At 70% or more, the University will donate a further £250 to a total of £1,000.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online. We encourage you to complete the survey as soon as possible, because:
You may opt out of the survey at any point.
The NSS results are made publicly available to help prospective students, their families and advisors make informed decisions of where and what to study. Universities and students’ unions also use the data to compare best practice. We identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to make changes and improve the learning experience for future generations who come to Queen Mary to study.
Data from previous surveys are available on Discover Uni.
You can also view the results of the NSS at Queen Mary on our NSS results page.
We continue to develop our facilities and services to improve the experience of all our students during their time at Queen Mary. Here are some recent highlights of what’s happening around Queen Mary.
Students’ Union Welfare and Liberation Wins
Students’ Union Education Wins
Students’ Union Medicine and Dentistry Wins
Students’ Union Sustainability Wins
Inappropriate influence is defined 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. A student guide on inappropriate influence is available which details what may constitute inappropriate influence and the types of promotion universities and colleges are, or are not, allowed to undertake. It provides details on the help and support available if you feel you are being or have been influenced in how to respond to the survey, along with the process in place to investigate allegations of inappropriate influence and what happens in case of a breach of guidance.