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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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The latest information about the National Student Survey is now available on the Office for Students website.

The NSS has been capturing final-year undergraduate students' feedback on their course experience since 2005.

Every university in the UK takes part, as do many colleges and alternative providers.

Response rates are consistently high.

‌Outcomes of the survey are published on the Unistats website to help prospective students. The findings are also an invaluable source of intelligence for universities and colleges.

Since 2005, the NSS has helped over two million students make their voices heard about the things that matter to them. These voices have helped to bring about significant and positive change in higher education.

The results are used by senior management teams, academics, students’ unions and others to drive improvements in curriculum, teaching and learning quality, learning resources and academic support.

The 2017 survey includes new sets of questions on student engagement: ‘Learning opportunities’, ‘Learning community’ and ‘Student voice’, and amends the wording of existing questions to bring them up to date and to make them clearer to understand.

Read the press release announcing the results of the 2017 survey.

Read the 2017 NSS data publication announcement

Download the 2017_NSS_data_publication_announcement as PDF (136 KB)

Read a letter to heads of institutions on the aggregated NSS dataset

Download the NSS_aggregation_letter_August_2017 as PDF (114 KB)


The survey is coordinated by HEFCE on behalf of its funders (HEFCW, SFC, DELNI, HEE and NCTL).

The NSS is currently delivered by Ipsos MORI and the results are made available to institutions by Texuna Technologies. 

Policy Leads, HEFCE: Julia MossDavina Benton

Ipsos MORI:

Texuna Technologies:


Page last updated 21 December 2017