Surveys

The University conducts regular surveys to listen to the voice of our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) takes place at most higher education providers across the UK and is run each Spring Term. It is aimed at final-year undergraduate students.

The NSS is your chance to feedback on your student experience during your time here at the University. It's an independently run survey and you'll be asked to give your opinions anonymously on what you liked about your course and also what you think we could do to improve things here at Essex.

The results are made publicly available to help prospective students make informed decisions about where and what to study. Your voice is hugely important and could help to shape the future of your course and the University.

If you're eligible to complete the survey, Ipsos Mori will contact you in the 2020 Spring Term to invite you to fill in the survey online.

More information about NSS

Sharing your information

The University is required to pass details of students in their final year to Ipsos-MORI for the National Student Survey (NSS). This data is used only for the survey and removed from their systems as soon as the survey is over. All responses are reported anonymously. Find out more about the NSS.

Opting out

You will be able to update your preferences when the next survey is launched in the Spring Term.

UK Engagement Survey (UKES)

The UK Engagement Survey (UKES) is a national survey for undergraduate students. It invites you to reflect on your time at University so far in relation to your course and wider learning experience. The survey is run each spring term and is open to first, second and some third/final year students.

We’re keen to make sure students have the best possible experience while studying at the University. To do that we need to know what we are doing well and what we can do better. The survey is a chance to reflect on how you study and what might help your studies in future. The results also help the University and Students’ Union to make changes that will improve what we do in future and to make sure we keep doing the things that are of value to students.

If you’re eligible to complete the survey, we will contact you in the Spring Term to invite you to take part.

For more information about UKES

Sharing your information

The University passes details of students in their first, second (and a small number of third/final year undergraduate students) to JISC who co-ordinate the UK Engagement Survey on behalf of Advance HE. This data is used only for the survey and removed from their systems as soon as the survey is over. All responses are reported anonymously.

Opting out

The University will contact eligible students by email and text during the survey period. If you do not wish to receive any communications and/or want to opt out of the survey, you can do so by emailing studentenexperience@essex.ac.uk providing your full name and course registration number.

Office for Students pilot Postgraduate Taught Survey

It is very important to us that we understand the views of all our students. The well-established National Student Survey (NSS) explores what undergraduates think about their experience but there is no comparable opportunity for postgraduate students to express their views.

This trial Postgraduate Taught Survey is being launched by the Office for Students (OfS) in cooperation with over 60 participating universities and colleges including Essex. All full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate taught students are eligible to complete the survey (including but not limited to MA, MSc, PGCE, PGCert, PGDip courses, or credits at PGT level).

The survey is currently closed. If you are eligible, you will be notified via email when it opens.

For more information

Opting out

The University will contact eligible students by email during the survey period. If you do not wish to receive any communications and/or want to opt out of any survey, you can do so by emailing studentenexperience@essex.ac.uk providing your full name and course registration number.

Student Assessment of Module and Teaching (SAMT)

Student Assessment of Module and Teaching (SAMT) is your opportunity to provide direct feedback on the quality of the modules you have chosen. SAMT is carried out every year and all registered students have the opportunity to take part in the survey.

The outcomes of SAMT are summarised and reviewed by Student Voice Groups (formerly known as Student Staff Liaison Committees) and inform Annual Review of Course reports. Departments also let students know what action was taken in response to previous surveys before they complete their own.

National Student Housing Survey (NSHS)

The National Student Housing Survey (NSHS) takes place at most higher education providers across the UK and is run each Autumn and Spring Term. This survey is for all students living in University-owned or administered accommodation.

The NSHS is your chance to feedback on your student experience within our accommodation during your time here at the University. It's an independently run survey and you'll be asked to give your opinions anonymously on what you liked about everything from your booking experience to how good the internet is, and also what you think we could do to improve things here at Essex.

The results are delivered to the University and we use this information to help improve the student experience. We also have the potential of being nominated for some national housing awards. Your voice is hugely important and could help to shape the future of your accommodation and the University.

We will send an email once you have arrived and then again in the Spring Term to invite you to fill in the survey online.

Graduate Outcomes Survey

After you graduate from the University of Essex, you will be asked to fill in the Graduate Outcomes Survey. It is the biggest annual social survey in the UK and captures the perspectives and current status of graduates.

All graduates who completed a higher education course in the UK after August 2017 will be asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies.

Race Equality Charter Survey

The University is proud of its diverse and international community and is committed to addressing racial inequalities and creating an inclusive culture and environment where individuals are able to thrive, irrespective of their race or ethnicity.

As part of this commitment we are working towards an application for ECU’s Race Equality Charter.

We want to hear your views and experiences of studying at the University. We want you to tell us whether you think racial inequality exists on our campuses, and your suggestions for things we can do to eradicate racial discrimination and advance race equality.

Other University surveys

The University conducts a number of other surveys to enhance the quality of our services. You may receive an email with an invitation to participate in one of those surveys after using services on campus.

You can also tell us about your experience by voting using the question boxes or tablets located in some catering outlets.

Travel and Transport Survey

Each year the Sustainability team asks the whole University community to complete a Travel and Transport Survey. We ask for information about how you travel to, from and between our campuses. It helps us to understand where to focus our attention in our on-going work to support sustainable modes of travel.

Residence Life Survey

Students living in on-campus accommodation at our Colchester and Southend Campuses will be contacted by Residence Life to fill in a survey, asking them about their experience with the service.

Students' Union surveys

The Students’ Union runs a variety of independent surveys to inform its priorities and services. To find out more about these please visit the Students’ Union website.

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