UAL’s student voice and freedom of expression results score above sector average in National Student Survey (NSS), published by the Office for Students (OfS) today
87.6% of final year UAL students shared that they felt free to express their ideas, opinions and beliefs while studying at UAL, scoring above the sector average, according to results from the National Student Survey (NSS), published today.
Furthermore, UAL respondents noted their opinions on their chosen course were valued by the staff (75.7%) and their feedback was acted upon (65.65%). These results are also above sector average.
82.8% of UAL’s final year students took part in the 2023 NSS survey (an increase on 74.3% the year before).
Nationwide, 339,383 students responded to the survey, which represents a 71.5 per cent response rate.
The NSS is an annual nationwide survey, one of the largest of its kind in the world. This year’s survey saw a change to format with new questions about mental wellbeing services, and in England, freedom of expression, as part of a wider review.
The updated survey asks final year students in the UK questions about a range of factors related to their academic experience, including the teaching on their course, assessment, and feedback, and how well courses are organised. New direct questions with item-specific response scales have also been introduced to improve students’ understanding and to enhance the accuracy of results.
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- The NSS is managed by the OfS on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies – the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland), the Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
- This year’s NSS was open to students from 11 January to 30 April 2023. 528 higher education providers took part in the survey. 339,383 students responded to the survey, which represents a 71.5 per cent response rate.
- Questions were asked on a four-point positivity measure, with a fifth ‘This does not apply to me’ option.
- There was a consultation on how this year’s NSS results would be presented.