As part of the NSS 2020, we are running the first stage of a pilot looking at the feasibility of expanding the NSS to students on one year (full-time equivalent) courses. These students have previously been excluded from the survey population.
This forms part of a wider programme of exploratory work designed to assess the feasibility of including students across all years of study in the survey.
More information and guidance on the delivery of this pilot will be sent directly to eligible providers.
Previous updates to the National Student Survey
In 2017 a new National Student Survey was introduced following extensive research. The new survey included nine new questions on student engagement and updated questions on assessment and feedback and learning resources.
The new survey was evaluated to see how it had worked in practice and to establish if there were any issues. See the report detailing findings from the student and institutional online surveys.
In 2018 existing optional banks were supplemented with new banks of questions.
From 2014 to 2016, there was a review of information on higher education, for which two major pieces of research were published:
In 2015, testing to inform a new survey was undertaken, including initial cognitive testing of potential student engagement questions, and a national pilot.
In 2016 there was a sector consultation on the new survey, and the outcomes the consultation were published.
Following this, we undertook further cognitive testing and another pilot to help inform the new survey questions. New optional bank questions were tested and students’ understanding of the optional bank questions was explored.