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18. Why have I been asked different questions to other people?

Some universities and colleges have chosen to ask their students some additional questions in areas relevant to their particular learning experience. Students are given the choice of whether they want to continue on to complete these extra questions when they have completed the main NSS questionnaire online. If you choose not to complete the additional modules, which should take a few minutes, then your responses to the main survey will still be taken into account. The additional question modules are only asked if you are completing the survey online.

Students studying NHS subjects undertake practice placements, so their experience of Higher Education is slightly different. Therefore, in addition to the standard 23 questions, students studying NHS subjects are asked additional questions about their practice placement.

The National Student Survey Questionnaire (NHS)

After you have completed the NSS, you may also be asked if you wish to take part in the Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS). Please note that this survey is separate to the National Student Survey. The survey asks final year students undertaking a Bachelor's degree about their plans after graduating from their current course and takes no more than three minutes to complete. Completion of this short survey is not obligatory and you can decline the invitation to complete it. Your answers for the NSS will still be submitted regardless of whether you complete this survey.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the National Student Survey (NSS)?
  2. How are the survey results used?
  3. Who is responsible for the survey?
  4. When and how does the survey take place?
  5. Who will be asked to take part in the survey?
  6. What is being asked in the survey?
  7. Who has access to eligible students' contact details?
  8. Are my responses anonymous?
  9. How do I take part in the survey?
  10. Can I select my preferred method of re-contact for completing the survey?
  11. Can I opt-out of the survey?
  12. How long will Ipsos MORI be holding the students' contact details? When will the data be destroyed?
  13. Where did Ipsos MORI get my contact details from?
  14. I have already completed the survey and I recently received a reminder. Do I have to complete it again?
  15. I am not a final year student and I received an invitation to take part in the NSS. Should I take part in the survey?
  16. I completed the survey in 2013 - why have I been asked to fill it in again?
  17. How have the survey results from the previous nine years been used?
  18. Why have I been asked different questions to other people?
  19. Is it possible to change or withdraw my survey responses?
  20. I have tried to complete the survey online, but it does not recognise me as eligible?
  21. What were the results of the 2013 survey?
  22. What is the Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS)?