2017 NSS incentives programme closes 28th February!


There is just over one week left to encourage final year undergraduate students to complete their National Student Survey, and be entered into our 2017 NSS prize draw. As at 1.30pm Friday 17th February, we had 3,047 completions, 47% of our total. Our aim is to achieve an average of 60% responses by midnight on Tuesday 28th February 2017, when our incentives programme will close.

Professor Helen Laville, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, said:

“I am really grateful to all the students who have taken the time to complete the NSS, and to all the Student Ambassadors who have been working on our NSS stands to promote the survey and explain its importance. Students often tell us that they complete the survey after a member of staff has asked them to take the time to fill it in, so thanks to all staff who have encouraged their students to take part. We’d like to get as many students as possible to complete the survey by the end of February, so please do keep on encouraging as many students as possible to take this opportunity to reflect on their time with us.”

Colleagues in Photography already have 89% completions. You can download the latest results by visiting http://www.mmu.ac.uk/staff/nss/ A threshold of 10 respondents and a 50% response rate per subject area needs to be achieved for the results to be publicly available.

The top course groups for completions

So far, the top course groups for completions are as follows:

  • 89% – Department of Media, Photography
  • 88% – Exercise and Sport Science, Exercise and Sport Science: PE and Sport Pedagogy
  • 79% – Childhood, Youth and Education Studies: Education Studies
  • 73% – Primary Teacher Education: Crewe Primary Teacher Training
  • 73% – Sociology: Criminology
  • 73% – Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management: Hospitality Management
  • 69% – Department of Design, Other Design
  • 69% – Sociology: Sociology Combined Hons
  • 68% – School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology: Other CMDT
  • 68% – Contemporary Arts, Theatre

Please note that the telephone phase of Ipsos MORI’s campaign will commence Thursday 23rd February, when they will be contacting our non-responding students.

Our NSS campaign this week  

  • Click it, Fill it, Win it posters, online banners, IT pop-ups, outdoor banners and internal TV screens live across all faculties and departments, directing students to ac.uk/nss
  • Student Ambassadors in Geoffrey Manton and Brooks, promoting the survey and handing out promotional items.
  • A reminder email went out Sunday 19th February to all eligible students, with another one planned for Friday 24th
  • Social media activity – NSS posts will be going out from the central university social media accounts (https://www.facebook.com/manmetuni and https://twitter.com/manmetuni).
  • The Students’ Union have created a series of three videos that link together to tell an evolving, relatable and engaging story to students. The videos will be posted on the Students’ Union social media pages (https://www.facebook.com/theunionmmu/ and https://twitter.com/TheUnionMMU) – the third video was posted on Monday 20th
  • IT suites booked for eligible students to complete the survey and offering £1.35 drinks vouchers on a first come, first served basis at the following locations w/c 20th February and w/c 27th February:

Education & Health
3.68 and 3.88, Brooks Building
20th – 24th February, 12pm – 1pm

Humanities, Art & Fashion
Lab119, Geoffrey Manton Building
Tuesday 21st February, 1pm – 3pm

Lab111, Geoffrey Manton Building
Thursday 23rd February, 11.30am – 2pm

Computer Suite, Brock 2-03
Monday 27th February, 1pm – 5pm

What you can do now

  • Continue to encourage students to take part in the NSS – this can also be done at faculty level, offering small incentives.
  • Communicate the benefits of completing the survey – the NSS is an important opportunity for students to reflect and feedback on their time here at Manchester Met. The University prize draw is open to all eligible students who opt in online by midnight on Tuesday 28th February 2017 through the NSS website for a chance of winning one of:
    • 20 x Graduation Photography Packages
    • 50 x £50 High Street Shopping Vouchers
    • 50 x Graduation Gowns
  • Ipsos MORI have also stated that 40% of online respondents indicated that they were told about the survey by a lecturer/member of staff. Therefore, it’s essential for academics to encourage final year undergraduate students to complete the NSS, as this is a very influential communication tool.
  • Post about the NSS on your social media accounts.

Further information

Once a student has either taken part in the survey or opted out by ticking the box on the survey website, no further contact will be made by Ipsos MORI. Please let students know that they can opt out of the survey at any time by visiting the survey website at www.thestudentsurvey.com and following the instructions.

  • If you have any queries about the communication of the survey and the incentives activity, please contact Sarah Starkey, Sarah.Starkey@mmu.ac.uk, x.3499 or Abbi Ferati, A.Ferati@mmu.ac.uk, x.5048 in the Marketing team.
  • For queries relating to any other aspect of the survey, please contact Rob Baker in CASQE, r.baker@mmu.ac.uk, x.3695.