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The National Student Survey for 2008 started on the 7th January. In the last NSS we did very well, coming second in the Russell Group regarding overall student satisfaction amongst those studying first degrees, and fifth nationally with respect to our learning resources.

As we want to at least hold our national position in this survey, if not improve our showing, we ask all staff who have contact with final year students to encourage their participation in this survey. It is vitally important that students provide their feedback. In previous years we’ve reached the 50% response threshold, although achieving this has required significant promotional activity by both the Students’ Union and staff; this year will be no different.

The outcomes from the survey will be published in the autumn through the Unistats website, run by UCAS, designed to help future students choose which programme at which University to study. The results are also used in various league tables and provide us with useful comparative information across the sector.

The NSS covers all HEIs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is designed to run alongside QAA institutional audit.


The new regulations and procedures have now been in place for one full academic year. The original working group is being reconvened by Dr Roger Calvert to consider feedback from Schools on the implementation of the regulations, with a view to considering if procedures need to be amended in the light of this feedback.

Further information can be obtained from Mary Morrison.