Satisfaction has improved since 2014 in five out of six of the groups of questions covered by the survey, these cover: assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.
More than 300,000 final-year students responded to the survey this year, from 155 HEIs, 190 FECs and 5 private HE providers from across the UK (Note 1). This represents a response rate of 71 per cent, the same as last year.
The results of the survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of UK funding bodies, provides valuable information for prospective students, and help universities and colleges to further improve the education they provide.
Commenting on the results of the NSS, Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:
‘The survey provides detailed and robust data which is used extensively by universities and colleges to improve the quality of their teaching and learning. It is also valuable in supporting prospective students and their parents and advisors in helping choose which higher education institution to select.’
A summary table of results for the UK is shown below. More detailed data are available through the HEFCE website. Prospective students will be able to compare NSS results and other relevant information on the Unistats website from September.
|Questions||2014 NSS||2015 NSS|
|1-4||The teaching on my course||87%||87%|
|5-8||Assessment and feedback||72%||73%|
|13-15||Organisation and management||78%||79%|
* The percentage satisfied is calculated by combining the ‘strongly agree’ and ‘mostly agree’ responses. Percentages may not sum due to rounding
Of those students studying at HEIs and FECs in England, around a third were studying under the old fee regime before the introduction of the £9,000 tuition fee. This includes students who were on longer courses such as medicine and dentistry. Further analysis of the results will be carried out in the autumn to determine if there is any difference in response from ‘old-regime’ and ‘new-regime’ students.