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National Surveys

In partnership with the university, independent institutions run national surveys to monitor student evaluation of their education experience; this happens at all level - undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research.

Please see below for further details.

NSS (National Student Survey) - Final Year Undergraduates Students

Final year undergraduate students are asked to complete the National Student Survey (NSS), which has run annually since 2005 and is administered by Ipsos Mori.

Eligible students are sent an initial email from the college giving them the opportunity to opt-out of the survey.  If you do not opt out you will receive an invitation to participate in the survey in early Spring.  The survey normally stays open until the end of April and both the College and Ipsos Mori send reminders to non-respondents.  Please do take part in the survey - it is another opportunity to give you views on what you liked about your time at King's College London, as well as things that you felt could have been improved.

The NSS has become one of the College's key indicators of student satisfaction within the sector and the results are used to compile national league tables.  Results of the main 22 questions are published on the Unistats website, provided the publication threshold rare is met (a 50% response rate and 23 or more respondents.

Following the publication of the NSS results the Department produces a response action plan for the Faculty.  Examples of our responses to NSS feedback can be found on our Feedback Actions web page.

PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey)

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a service made available by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to all UK Higher Education Institutions which have postgraduate taught students.  PTES helps us to enhance the quality of taught postgraduate (PGT) degree provision by collection feedback from current PGT students in a systematic and user-friendly way.

This online survey invites you to rate your overall satisfaction with the quality of your course, how well elements of it have met with your expectations, and your satisfaction within the following themes:

  • Dissertation
  • Skills and Personal Development
  • Learning Resources
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Quality of Teaching and Learning
  • Organisation and Management
There is also a free text section for general comments.
If you are registered on a postgraduate taught programme you will be invited to complete the survey.  
The Department prepares a summary report of the PTES results with an outline action plan for the Faculty.
For further information please see the NMS Faculty pages.
PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey)

The College also takes part in the  Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), which runs every other year and surveys all current postgraduate research students. 

The results of each survey allow the College, Faculty and Department to facilitate best practice and enhance the student learning experience.

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23 August 2018
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