At St George’s, a variety of surveys helps us understand in a more comprehensive manner students’ views and experiences, at various points in their educational journey. As a student, you are an expert in your own lived experience; it is important that this is captured so that we can tailor services, support and opportunities to you.
Student Experience Survey (SES)
SES 2021: 11 February - 5 March
The Student Experience Survey (SES) is open to all undergraduate students at St George’s who are not in their final year. Every February, the SES offers students the chance to give feedback on their university experience, including teaching, organisation, learning resources, community. Together we can celebrate what is good about St George’s but also make improvements where there needs to be some.
Listen to your peers tell you more about the SES
National Student Survey (NSS)
NSS 2021: 11 February - 30 April*
The National Student Survey (NSS) is a survey of all final year undergraduates in the UK and it gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses. The survey is conducted by Ipsos MORI, an independent research agency. It is commissioned by the Office for Students (OfS) on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Delivered between February and April each year, the survey gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses, including learning resources, organisation, student voice. This helps to:
inform prospective students’ choices
provide data that guides institutions’ actions to improve student experience
support public accountability
St George's final year undergraduate students will be invited to complete the NSS on the 11 February 2021. The survey will close on the 30 April 2021. All students completing the NSS 2021 will be entered into a prize draw awarding 5 prizes of £200 each.
*St George's runs a focused survey period between 11 February and 30 April but, nationally, the NSS starts as early as 6 January.
Listen to your peers describing why it's important to fill in the NSS 2021
It is important that eligible students can complete the survey without being influenced in any way. If you have any concerns about this, please contact Dr Marcus Jackson, Associate Dean for Student Experience or the Student Union in the first instance.
As outlined in St George's Privacy Notice for Students and because the survey is a task carried out in the public interest, your contact details will be transferred to Ipsos MORI for the purpose of the NSS only. All the data are held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. All your responses will remain strictly anonymous and at no point will you be identified. All information will be securely deleted by Ipsos MORI after the survey closes and will not be shared with any third parties. More information is available on the NSS website.
See the NSS core questionnaire (PDF) or go to Discover Uni to see results from the survey by course.
Learn more about the NSS at the Office for Students webpage.
Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)
PRES 2021: 5 April - 10 May
The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), also facilitated by Advance HE, offers postgraduate research students the opportunity to feedback on their university experience, including aspects such as supervision, resources, research community, skills and professional development, and wellbeing.
Postgraduate students registered on research programmes will receive an email and reminders about completing the PRES. The survey can be filled out on any device and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. All students who complete the survey will also be entered in a prize draw with a chance to win one of the 2 prizes of £500 each.
Learn more about this survey at the Advance HE Postgraduate Research Experience Survey webpage.
Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
PTES 2021: 30 April - 18 June
The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) enables postgraduate students on taught courses to reflect and feedback on their studies and overall experience at St George’s, including supervision, resources, research community and skills and professional development. The survey is facilitated by Advance HE, a national organisation encouraging excellence in higher education.
Postgraduate students registered on taught programmes will receive an email invitation and reminders about completing the PRES. The survey can be filled out on any device and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. All students who complete the survey will also be entered in a prize draw with a chance to win one of the 4 prizes of £250 each.
Learn more about this survey at the Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey webpage.
Both PTES and PRES give postgraduate students the chance to offer honest feedback on what they’ve enjoyed at St George’s and on what they feel could be improved. The results are reviewed by staff and integrated in action planning for enhancing postgraduate student experience. This way, postgraduate students contribute to bettering the experience of their fellow students’ and future cohorts.
Module and teacher surveys
Student Online Teaching Survey (SOLTS)
The Student Online Teaching Survey (SOLTS) invites all students to give feedback on specific modules throughout their programmes of study. SOLTS comprises 10 questions about a module’s content, delivery, and assessment, as well as the effectiveness of individual lecturers. The questions also include free text sections where students can leave more detailed comments about their experiences.
The survey is delivered at the end of a module or period of study. Module leaders reflect on the module reports, develop action planning based on the reports, send a reflection report of the feedback received and proposed actions to all students, and inform students of actions taken via various communication channels such as emails, student newsletters, wider University campaigns.
Students will be emailed about these surveys near the end of a module.
You might also be contacted throughout the year to participate in surveys about specific topics. Your engagement in these surveys is gratefully received.
Don’t forget you can see what changes have been made as a result of all this feedback via our You said, we did campaign.
Questions or concerns?
For any questions or concerns you may have, contact Alina Apostu, Student Experience Officer.