The National Student Survey is officially open for all final year students to enter. The National Student Survey (NSS) is your opportunity to give your opinions on how well the University teaches and supports its students, as well as commenting on things that you think should be improved.

To get you set and help you find out if it is something you should be interested in, we’ve been answering some of your questions on the survey:

Why should I bother entering?

As a final year student you have experienced the University and the Students’ Union for at least the last three years and so you have an informed opinion. Your input can make a real difference in helping the University choose which areas need the greatest focus and investment, which will help enhance the experience of future Southampton students.

For example, positive feedback on the changes being made to opening times and learning spaces in the Library led to further investment in quiet study space in the Hartley Library for 2012/13.  Feedback also told us that our students wanted better access to IT resources on the move, and more IT support services on campuses and in halls. As such we updated MySouthampton, our student mobile portal, doubled the size of student mailboxes and expanded our Wi-Fi networks on all our campuses. You can find out more about how the University has responded to student feedback at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/yousaidwedid/

The NSS results are made publicly available through the media to help prospective students make informed decisions of where and what to study. The results also input to University League Tables and thus impact the rankings of Southampton.

What will the NSS ask me?

The questions allow you to provide feedback on a range of topics, from how you would rate the academic support you received during your studies, to how satisfied you were with the organisation and management of your programme. You can even comment and provide feedback on the Students’ Union – this covers everything from whether you’re happy with your student group to if you enjoyed the last meal you ate in the Bridge!

At the end there is space for any comments you have about your experience. Were you satisfied with the way in which the University communicated with you? What were your thoughts on the advice and support available through your programme? Write it down and let us know!

So how do I get involved?

If you are eligible* for the survey, Ipsos MORI will contact you by email during w/c 10February to invite you to fill in the survey online. You can then complete the NSS online or via your smartphone at www.thestudentsurvey.com^.

We’d be very grateful for your feedback and support!