Shareable analyses for dealing with National Student Survey data (UK HE sector)
NSS data from previous years can be found on the Office For National Statistics website.
Data available from ONS may be shared.
What Data to Use
NSS_taught_all18 gives us data aggregated by teaching provider (not registered body). We use sheet NSS1 which also gives us provider and te HECoS systems level subject breakdown. Burgess et al, 2018 found that a Subject x University interaction made the largest contribution to variation in satisfaction scores over ten years.
NB - HECoS (Higher Education Calssification of Subjects) replaced JACS in 2018. Yet another difference between 2018 and previous years data!
Full list of NSS questions
The teaching on my course
Staff are good at explaining things
Staff have made the subject interesting
The course is intellectually stimulating
My course has challenged me to achieve my best work
My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
My course has provided me with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt
Assessment and feedback
The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
Marking and assessment has been fair
Feedback on my work has been timely
I have received helpful comments on my work
I have been able to contact staff when I needed to
I have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to my course
Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices on my course
Organisation and management
The course is well organised and running smoothly
The timetable works efficiently for me
Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
The IT resources and facilities provided have supported my learning well
The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well
I have been able to access course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when I needed to
I feel part of a community of staff and students
I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course
I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course
Staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
It is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
- The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
- Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course
Free text repository is here - separate at the moment to reduce change of uploading free text data.
NSS Ethics statement
How will the information I provide be used?
Your responses to the NSS will be used solely for research purposes, which includes providing information to allow the UK HE funding bodies to fulfil their statutory roles. The results of this research will be anonymous and provided in the form of statistical information only. We can assure you that you will NOT be identifiable in any published results.
Your participation in this research, together with your individual responses to the questions, will be kept strictly confidential in line with information security requirements and standards as agreed between Ipsos MORI and HEFCE. We can also assure you that any information you provide during this research will NOT be used for marketing, nor will we sell your information to any third parties. If you have any questions about the NSS, please contact the research team at email@example.com.
Institutions may not use NSS free text data to identify students, and that data must not be shared on repositories such as this.
The NSS privacy statement can be read here.