Research

NUS is the leading voice on issues that affect students.

We conduct high-quality research on education funding, student support and the cost of living; the student experience in higher education; student welfare and communities; and further and higher education equality and diversity issues.

Our research publications cover the following topics:


Education funding and the cost of living

Double Jeopardy

Following on from 2015's Debt in the First degree, this report investigates the attitudes and experiences of the first cohort of students graduating under the post-2012 system of £9,000 fees.

Debt In The First Degree

2015 graduates paying up to £9,000 a year in fees begin to map out their futures laden with debt. What effect does this have on them? Do they think differently about their prospects to those just a year before them? Do they think their degree was worth the huge cost?

The Impact of the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review on Higher Education Fees and Funding Arrangements in Subjects Allied to Medicine

An NUS, Unison and London Economics report investigating the effects of the government's decision to cut NHS bursaries in 2017.

A Roadmap for Free Education

When it comes to free education, the destination is clear – a publicly funded tertiary education system that is run collaboratively and democratically in the public interest – it is the journey that needs planning. We have put together a roadmap to help politicians and vice-chancellors make the right decisions on higher education reform.

2016

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Higher Education





Comprehensive Guide to Learning and Teaching

This publication is a compendium of all NUS’s recent work on learning and teaching enhancement from 2013- 2015. As well as being a resource to support students’ unions lobbying for an improved learning experience for their students, it also outlines our views on what needs to be prioritised for enhancement.

Postgraduates Who Teach

Here we present a detailed picture of what postgraduates experience when they take on teaching responsibilities at their institution.

A Manifesto for Partnership

This manifesto explores what partnership could mean and why students’ unions are so important to partnership approaches. At the heart of this document is the idea that individual civic engagement is strongest when it comes about through the collective, and that strong students’ unions are core to any understanding of partnerships.

Student Experience Research 

The first report from our extensive QAA-funded research project exploring teaching and learning in 21st Century higher education.

2015

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Fu
rther Education




Forget Me Not 

This report shows how
this generation are
being shut out from vocational education because of financial constraints. We
challenge the very values placed upon different models of study and how the financial support attached to these different models continues to be a measure of the value placed upon them.

When IAG Grow Up

A thought pamphlet on Careers Information, Advice and Guidance with contributions from sector professionals and academics.

Informing the Reforms

Joint research between OCR and NUS demonstrates that students are deeply concerned with the Government's reforms to AS and A level qualifications. We interviewed 1765 Further Education and Higher Education students online between January and March 2014.

NUS and LSIS (2012) Complex needs, complex choices: The role of Career

This report presents the findings from research commissioned by NUS and LSIS exploring the complexity of the research needs of learners in the FE sector in relation to information, advice and guidance.

2015

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Welfare



Isolation and Vulnerability Report

The findings from this report form a preliminary response to the ways in which to alleviate the isolation and vulnerability students of faith continue to experience.

NUS & Unipol Accommodation Costs Survey

The NUS/Unipol Accommodation Costs Survey has been running for 33 years and has consistently tracked changes in the market over that time. It is the only research that provides a comprehensive view of purpose-built accommodation and gives detailed and open data on costs and trends.

Reaching Home

This report aims to help students’ unions and the higher education sector gain an understanding of the situation of students living in the parental home during study. It is based on an MA dissertation and focuses on England for this reason, though will have relevance for the rest of the UK.

Homes Fit for Study

This report focuses on the experiences of students in higher education, their housing choices and their experiences of the private rented sector in particular.

2015

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International Students and Internationalisation






Made in the UK

This report is the first significant attempt to survey international students’ views on entrepreneurship. Its aim is to encourage policy makers to consider the challenges faced by the current visa system, as well as encourage the UK education sector to better support international students with entrepreneurial ambitions.

Beyond Borders

A mapping project of international students' engagement in the Scottish higher education learning experience

Co-curricular Activity and Graduate Employability: Scottish Employers’ Perspectives

Funded by the Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum (SHEEF), this report explores the link between student co-curricular activity and graduate employability in a Scottish specific context.

Study Abroad Experience and Graduate Employability: Scottish Employers’ Perspectives

Funded by the Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum (SHEEF), this report explores the link between student study abroad activity and graduate employability in a Scottish-specific context.

2014

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Equality, Diversity and Liberation

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Pride and Prejudice in Education

This report, based on research conducted by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post-School Education (the Forum), seeks to fill some of the gaps in the evidence that has helped the post-school education sector to understand and respond to the concerns of LGBT staff and students.

Race Matters

This report provides a valuable insight into the experiences and barriers that many Black staff face in students’ unions, and confirms a wider picture of race inequality and under-representation beyond the third sector.

Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow

This research, the first of its kind, explores the experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) students in higher education, focusing specifically on their everyday life on campus, their access to different services and factors that influence success and course completion.

Learning With Care

Student carers are a hidden group of students who face unique barriers and challenges in accessing and succeeding in education. This report presents the findings of the first ever national research into the experiences of student carers in further and higher education.


2016

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