The 2016 National Student Survey launches at RGU - final year students can win a £100 voucher of their choice

Edward Pollock, Student President for Communication and Democracy, calls for all final year students to help build a picture of what it is like to study at RGU by taking part in the National Student Survey (NSS) and win one of five £100 vouchers.

Edward PollockFebruary, 8th saw the launch of the 2016 National Student Survey at RGU. Entering its twelfth year, the NSS is your opportunity to give your opinions on your whole experience studying at RGU which will help prospective students make the right choice of university and course.

So, what is the NSS?

The NSS is an annual survey of mostly final year undergraduates in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It is a high profile annual census of nearly half a million students across the UK, which gives students a powerful collective voice to help shape the future of their course and university.

Commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the survey is part of a Higher Education quality assurance system to generate more detailed public information about teaching quality. Ipsos MORI, an independent research company, conducts the survey.

Why complete it - how are the results used?

By taking part you can enhance the student experience at RGU and help future students build up a picture of what it’s like to study here. The NSS results are made publicly available to help prospective students make informed decisions of where and what to study. Institutions and students’ unions also use the anonymised data to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to help effect change and bring about enhancements to improve the student experience for future generations.

What will the NSS ask you?

The survey looks objectively at your entire time at RGU. The questions allow you to provide feedback on a range of topics relating to six aspects of your learning experience, including what you thought about the academic support you received during your studies and how you felt about the organisation and management of your course. You will also be asked about your opinions on RGU’s Students’ Union (RGU:Union).

2016 National Student Survey graphicHow can you get involved?

Keep an eye out for an invitation email from Ipsos MORI which will give you instructions on how to complete the NSS. It’s really important that you complete it as soon as possible so don’t hesitate once you get the email invitation.

You can stop in past Level 5 of the RGU Library in The Sir Ian Wood Building where there will be computers or iPads set up for you to complete the survey or you can complete it from your own device at at any time.

The success of the NSS depends on your feedback so please set aside a few minutes to get involved. All RGU students who enter the survey online by Thursday 31 March 2016 will be put forward for a prize draw and five students will win a £100 voucher of their choice.


To find out more visit the NSS website via or contact the NSS team directly at

Go on, it’s your chance to have your say.

Posted by
Anna DuthieCommunications Officer