The National Student Survey (NSS) can be a powerful tool which, when used in the right way, can supplement and support student-driven, co-creative change that has course and even university-wide impact.
Last year, the Students’ Union ran an NSS boycott campaign as it was linked to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This meant that the higher the NSS score, the higher the TEF award, the bigger the increase in tuition fees. We felt this was wrong on far too many levels to support.
Fast-forward to this year and the link between the TEF and increased tuition fees has been temporarily frozen. Therefore, we are not democratically mandated by Union Council to support a boycott. It is for these reasons that your Students’ Union is promoting completion of the NSS this year and we would encourage all students to use the results to push for positive change within the University.
If you have any questions regarding the NSS, TEF or anything else, please feel free to email me on email@example.com or your Education Officer, Davey Silver, on firstname.lastname@example.org.