Unistats and NSS

All institutions are required to publish information on the Unistats website. The aim is to help provide information for potential applicants. See the Unistats website for further information.

The Unistats information includes data from the National Student Survey. This is an annual survey of all full-time final year undergraduate students in higher education institutions in England. See the National Students Survey website for further information relating to the NSS.

What is the NSS?

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a very well established national survey, which the majority of undergraduates are invited to complete in their final year of study*. It is a nationally recognised survey which gives students a way of providing honest feedback on their satisfaction with their programme at their university or college.

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 is now live at LSE.  The survey is open to mostly final year undergraduates, who can complete it now at www.thestudentsurvey.com

Why should I take part?

  • The NSS provides you with the opportunity to provide honest feedback on your student experience;
  • Your feedback will be used to improve the student experience at LSE;
  • The results are taken very seriously and inform the quality assurance system with regards to teaching quality;
  • Results are used by prospective students, their families and advisors to make decisions on what and where to study.

What happens with the results?

The NSS results are made publicly available to help prospective students, their families and advisors make informed decisions of where and what to study. Institutions and students’ unions also use the data to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to help bring about change and make improvements for future generations of students.

How do I complete it?

During week commencing 11th January eligible students were sent an invitation email to complete the survey by Ipsos MORI. Later, non-respondents may be contacted by post or ultimately by telephone, so complete the survey early to avoid being reminded. You can complete the NSS online or via a mobile device at www.thestudentsurvey.com at any time from 11 January 2016 to 30 April 2016. You may opt out of the survey at any point during fieldwork.


*You are eligible for the NSS if you are a final year undergraduate or are on a flexible part-time programme. If your final year cannot be easily predicted, you will be surveyed during your fourth year of study. If you were due to be in your final year in 2016, but have withdrawn or are repeating your penultimate year, you are also eligible to take part.