Take the National Student Survey

Take part in the National Student Survey (NSS) to share feedback on your course experience at Sussex. The 2019 survey runs at Sussex until 30 April.

About the NSS

The NSS is a survey of all final-year undergraduate students in the UK.

It is run so the government can assess the quality of your degree as a whole.

More information about the NSS.

Reasons to take part in the NSS

Your voice matters – the feedback you give is vital in shaping the student experience.

By filling in the survey, you'll also help other students make an informed decision about their choice of course and university.

Ella from the Students' Union explains why you should take the NSS

Voucher worth £5

Complete the NSS online and, if you're eligible, you can claim either a £5 food and drink voucher (to be used in Sussex Food outlets) or printing credit to the value of £5 (should appear in your account the following Monday).

Get your voucher by showing your confirmation of completion email to staff at:

  • your school office
  • the Info Hub desk in the Library.

The deadline for collecting a voucher is Friday 10 May 2019. This is 10 days after the survey closes.

You can't get a voucher if you complete the survey over the phone as a confirmation email is required.

Past benefits

If you filled in the NSS online before 28 February 2019, you had the chance to enter a prize draw for £750 cash.

There were also free hot drinks for students who completed the online survey at an NSS café event in February or March.

Who can take part

You are eligible to take the survey if you are:

  • in your final year of study on a course leading to undergraduate credits or qualifications (such as undergraduate degree, foundation degree, higher education certificate or diploma)
  • on a flexible part-time programme (complete the survey in your fourth year of study)
  • repeating your penultimate year (complete the survey now, not when you progress to your final year).

If you have withdrawn

If you left Sussex early during your final year, you should still complete the survey as your feedback is equally valuable.


Important: If you completed the survey in 2018, you should not complete it again in 2019.

More about the NSS

The NSS is conducted on behalf of the UK government by the external polling company Ipsos MORI. While we help promote it, all the personal contact with Sussex students (such as by phone or email) is carried out by them.

The results are analysed and used to compile a year-on-year comparison of data that:

  • helps prospective students make informed choices of where and what to study
  • enables participating universities identify improvements to the experiences students have.

Contact details

We give Ipsos MORI your contact details, but you (and your answers) remain anonymous throughout the entire survey process.

You are asked for some personal identification information to verify you're eligible to take part.

Like other UK universities, we are required to take part in the survey and to provide students' contact details.

Changing your survey comments

Ipsos MORI do accept additional comments to the open questions. If you want to make additional comments, email thestudentsurvey@ipsos.com.

If you want to add additional comments to your submitted responses, we will ask you for some verification information.

You're entitled to ask that part or all of your record of the survey/research is deleted. Any requests to change responses should be made by 30 April 2019. For more details, email thestudentsurvey@ipsos.com.

Opting out

Participation in the National Student Survey is voluntary. If you do not want to take part in the survey, please opt out using this short form managed by Ipsos MORI.

Publishing results

The NSS results are published on the Unistats website, which aims to assist prospective students in making informed decisions about what and where to study.


The NSS uses some general terms which are not used in all universities.

Feedback – comments from your teachers and peers on all aspects of your work. At Sussex, feedback is given not only in response to assessments, but also in lectures, seminars, tutorials and individually by academics.

Academic support – the person who provides advice to you on your academic programme of study. At Sussex, this mainly means your academic advisor, but it also includes input you may have received from other academics in relation to course choice and so on.

Learning resources – this covers the range of resources available to you. At Sussex, this includes the Library, Study Direct and Canvas materials, hard-copy study packs, periodicals, books and so on.

Personal development – all the elements in your studies which help you develop wider experience and skills. At Sussex, these are often part of your teaching and include things like group working, time management and giving presentations. These also include opportunities at Sussex, such as clubs and societies, volunteering or development projects, mentoring other students or involvement in the Students' Union.

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