Over 200 responses were received, and broadly supported the proposed changes to the National Student Survey (NSS) and Unistats. We have amended our plans in light of feedback, notably on the removal of some NSS questions. This publication summarises the responses we received, the decisions we have taken, and our next steps.
These are to:
Our evidence base and responses to the consultation indicate that we need to make changes now to ensure that Unistats and the NSS remain fit for purpose, but the implementation of these decisions may be affected by subsequent policy developments including the Higher Education White Paper, the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in England, and the UK Higher Education and Research Bill.
We will continue to work closely with the four UK governments on this. We are also taking steps to ensure that changes to the NSS do not hamper the availability of time-series data for future use in the TEF, and that the design of the successor to the Unistats website allows for the publication of TEF outcomes.