National Student Survey


Leave your mark

As a final year undergraduate the National Student Survey (NSS) is your chance to make your mark on your University.

Give your opinions on what you loved about your time here, as well as how you feel we could improve the student experience.

Here you can find out where to fill in the survey, what you will be asked and how your answers will be used to benefit you, your University and future students.

A record 68% of eligible students filled in the 2013 survey. Thank you to everybody who took part.


The NSS launches for Nottingham students on Monday 3 February. You will receive an email from Ipsos MORI inviting you to take part in the survey and give anonymous feedback about your experience studying here.

What is the NSS?

Find out what the survey is, how and where to fill it out and what you will be asked.

You can fill out the survey online.

Top ranking subjects


As a result of the NSS 2013 survey, Veterinary Medicine was rated as the best course of its kind in the UK for overall student satisfaction (99%).

Other subjects at Nottingham to have been ranked amongst the top ten for satisfaction in their discipline include:

Zoology (100%), Music (93%), Classics (96%), Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (90%), German Studies (92%), Culture, Film and Media (90%), and Microbiology (94%).


What difference does the NSS make?

We are committed to listening to your views and as a result of answers given by past students in the National Student Survey we have made significant improvements to the teaching and facilities that we offer.

These changes include:

  • implementation of a University-wide guarantee of minimum contact hours for students
  • a guarantee of prompt feedback on all examinations and coursework
  • extended library opening hours around exam periods
  • redeveloped careers service, including a number of new careers posts in schools. This has led to Nottingham students becoming the most targeted by the UK's top 100 graduate employers (High Fliers 2014
  • a restructured system of pastoral support in University and off-campus halls
  • improved computer access across the University, with wireless connectivity made available in all teaching and learning areas as well as University managed accommodation
  • a sizeable increase in funding provided to the Students' Union
  • launch of Blue Castle, enabling students to receive information about their assessments more easily
  • improved sports facilities on all three campuses and a more inclusive sports programme via the Any-Body Club and Any-Buddy initiatives
  • significant investment in the redevelopment of the George Green Library  
  • the introduction of Student Service Centres at Jubilee and Sutton Bonington campuses

Why should I take part?


You may not have realised it but you've already benefited greatly as a result of previous NSS feedback.

Five minutes of your time will help us to keep improving the student experience at Nottingham.

The NSS results also provide valuable information for prospective students, helping them to choose the right course for them.

What will I be asked?


The 5 minute survey, includes 23 questions covering:

  • the teaching on your course
  • assessment and feedback
  • academic support
  • organisation and management
  • learning resources
  • the Students' Union


Top target for employers 


If you're graduating this year, we've got some good news for you.

The UK’s top employers have cited The University of Nottingham as the best university for finding graduate recruits.

According to the latest study by High Fliers Research, the University is the number one choice among the UK’s top graduate employers.



Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353
e: studentcommsoffice@nottingham.ac.uk