Student Surveys

The LTI in collaboration with AQSS takes the lead in supporting the NSS (National Student Survey) at institutional level.  In addition to this, a First Year Experience Survey (FYES) is conducted on an annual basis. The survey is designed, administered and analysed by the staff of the University's Learning and Teaching Institute (LTI).


What is the FYES?

  • Survey completed by all eligible first year students, full time and part-time
  • Confidential In-house survey
  • Running since 2007
  • Completed online, and by post between May and June each year.
Main Aim
  • Evaluate overall First Year experience
  • Evaluate student engagement and transition (retention and success)
  • Provide a longitudinal evidence-base from which the University can draw on and formulate policies for quality enhancement.

 Find out more about the FYES.


The NSS is an independant survey conducted by IPSOS-Mori on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).  As such the survey forms part of the national quality assurance framework for Higher Education. 

The National Student Survey focuses on the academic experience of final year undergraduate students over the full period of their programme of study.  The questionnaire is sent to all such students in all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England and Wales. 

The results of the survey are published on the Unistats website and are used as a measure in University league tables (see Public Data section for more details).  Prospective students can use the results of the survey to compare current students' views of their academic experience on provision at various Higher Education Institutions.