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Union urges students to take part in survey

Final year undergraduates at the University of Portsmouth are being given the chance to put their opinions on the University forward for the annual NSS survey.

The National Student Survey, which launches for the eighth consecutive year in Portsmouth on 6th February, allows students to share their thoughts on what they believe to be good and bad aspects of the University.

The combined results will then be made available to help prospective students make decisions on which university they choose to attend. They will also be used in various university rankings.

In addition, the results will allow for positive changes to be made at the University in areas of dissatisfaction.

Students will be asked about what they particularly liked or enjoyed during their time at the university and also what they felt could be improved upon.

The questions will cover the organisation and management of student courses and the quality of academic support, whilst there is also space to add any additional positive or negative comments regarding student life.

All responses are anonymous and contact details are destroyed by the NSS shortly after submission.

Many changes have been implemented as a result of the University of Portsmouth’s eight year participation in the National Student Survey. There has been major refurbishment on many University buildings; the library has extended its opening hours and the personal tutor system has greatly improved as a result.

In addition there are more computers available to students than ever before and the IT resources are continuously expanding.

Liam Burns, President of the National Union of Students (NUS), said: “The National Student Survey is an important tool for identifying areas of concern amongst students. It is crucial that institutions work in partnership with students to make improvements where they have been shown to be necessary.”

Mr Burns added: “At a time of severe funding pressures it is more important than ever that students are involved in shaping their curriculum to ensure progress is made.”

From Monday 6th February, final year students will receive an emailed invite. Those who do not respond will receive a letter and ultimately a telephone call.

Vice President of Education and Democracy, Godfrey Atuahene, said: “The NSS is important because it is one of the ways that the University and Student Union can listen to students’ views. The results help to make changes, therefore in a way final year students are setting the direction for the future of the University and Students Union. This is their chance to make a change, and have their say.”

As an incentive to complete the survey, the University and the Union are giving away fifty £50 shopping vouchers to lucky participants.

For more information and to complete the survey, visit www.thestudentsurvey.com.