National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) gathers opinions from students about their time in higher education, asking them to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study on their course at their institution. It is an influential source of public information about higher education and gives students a powerful collective voice to help shape the future of their course and their institution for current and prospective students.

The NSS asks 27 questions, relating to eight aspects of the student experience. Students also have the opportunity to tell us where things are going well or where they can be improved in an open-ended question. For an overview of what we've achieved as a result of the 2020 survey, have a look at our results.

The next NSS survey is open and we will be donating £1 to the SU RAG charities for every survey filled in. But we value your feedback at any time and you can take a look at how your 2020 feedback has been acted on here.

You can tell us what you love, or want to be improved, anytime outside of surveys like the NSS by:

NSS 2020 Update

Thanks to all final year students who took the time to complete the NSS 2020 survey which has now closed. We appreciate your valued feedback about your experience at Bucks which will help us to plan for the students who follow in your footsteps. Our final NSS response rate was 76%, just slightly lower than 2019 (79%) which is understandable as the final weeks of the survey coincided with the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The University donated £1 to the Students’ Union’s RAG charities for every completed survey, and we’re delighted to announce that together you’ve raised £1434 for Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

We’re waiting to hear when this year’s NSS results will be published. As always, we’ll share the results with our University community and explain what action we’ll be taking in response to our students’ feedback.

Many congratulations to the three winners of our online prize draw who will each receive £100 of vouchers:

  • Charity Muchung: BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children's) with NMC Registration
  • Kirsty Phipps: BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management
  • Sandun Gunasekara: Foundation Degree (Science) Assistant Practitioner

Please remember that we welcome your feedback throughout the year. There are many different ways to make your voice heard. From completing surveys and module evaluations to attending the SU’s Union Council meetings, and by talking to your tutor and Course Reps. We’re here to listen and will keep you informed about how we’ll act on what you tell us.

If you have any queries, please contact