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NUS responds to students’ unions results of the National Student Survey

Wednesday 9 August 2017

The results from the National Student Survey (NSS) undertaken in the Spring term have been made public.

Responding to the results of the National Student Survey 2017, a spokesperson from the National Union of students said: 

“This year’s NSS used a whole host of new questions. One of the changes saw the question around students’ unions narrow to focus specifically on teaching and learning. This is only a small part of the contribution SU’s make to student life. SUs play a vital role in helping students make lasting friendships, explore ideas, contribute to their communities and develop life skills which help them stay in education and succeed in employment. The Higher Education Funding Council for England have warned against comparing the results of this year’s survey with those of previous years, and we would echo that message. 

"In the last year, students unions have helped with 168,000 student enquiries, they have provided huge amounts of funding to the sports clubs and societies that we know are so vital to student wellbeing, SUs have encouraged 1 million students to register to vote and we have raised £7.9 million for charity. Students’ unions across the country continue to work tirelessly to deliver for their students. While we should take all feedback on board and continue to strive for improvement, we should not be defined by the results of one survey question.”


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The National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.

We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students. We promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions.