NSS Questions

The NSS has been operating since 2005, and previous to 2017 the main set of questions had remained unchanged.  The NSS changed in 2017 and the current questions are detailed below.  

NSS main set of questions

The teaching on my course
1.    Staff are good at explaining things
2.    Staff have made the subject interesting
3.    The course is intellectually stimulating
4.    My course has challenged me to achieve my best work 

Learning opportunities 
5.    My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
6.    My course has provided me with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
7.    My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt

Assessment and feedback
8.    The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
9.    Marking and assessment has been fair 
10.  Feedback on my work has been timely 
11.  I have received helpful comments on my work 

Academic support
12.  I have been able to contact staff when I needed to
13.  I have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to my course 
14.  Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices on my course 

Organisation and management
15.  The course is well organised and running smoothly
16.  The timetable works efficiently for me 
17.  Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively

Learning resources
18.  The IT resources and facilities provided have supported my learning well 
19.  The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well 
20.  I have been able to access course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when I needed to 

Learning community 
21.  I feel part of a community of staff and students
22.  I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course

Student voice 
23.  I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course
24.  Staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
25.  It is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
26.  The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

27.  Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

28. Looking back on the experience, are there any particularly positive or negative aspects you would like to highlight? 

Students answer with the following choices:
5. Definitely agree
4. Mostly agree
3. Neither agree nor disagree
2. Mostly disagree
1. Definitely disagree
N/A Not applicable