NSS 2017 – the best response rate so far!

A huge thank you to all colleagues who have helped to achieve the best response rate we have had at this stage of the survey – our shortest NSS prize draw incentive period ever!

The 28th February marked the end of our three-week campaign period to encourage students to complete the NSS and enter into the prize draw. We have exceeded our 60% target by the end of our campaign period, with 4,078 completions, 62.9% of our total. This result is over 11% higher than at the same stage of our 2016 survey. For context, the average response rate for institutions with the same campaign start date as us is 49.8%.

Students will still be able to take part in the NSS via mmu.ac.uk/nss until the survey ends on 30th April, but will no longer be eligible for the prize draw.

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

“A huge thank you to all the students who made the effort at a busy time of year to reflect on their time at Manchester Metropolitan and to fill in the NSS. And special thanks to all the Student Ambassadors and staff who helped promote the survey.”

The top course groupings for completions

You can download the latest results by visiting http://www.mmu.ac.uk/staff/nss/. As at 1st March, the top course groupings for completions are as follows:

  • 92% – Exercise and Sport Science: PE and Sport Pedagogy
  • 89% – Department of Media: Photography
  • 89% – Contemporary Arts: Theatre
  • 82% – Childhood, Youth and Education Studies: Education Studies
  • 81% – Department of Design: Other Design
  • 81% – Manchester School Of Architecture: Architecture
  • 80% – Accounting, Finance and Economics: Other Acc and Fin
  • 80% – School Of Science and The Environment: Geography
  • 80% – Primary Teacher Education: Crewe Primary Teacher Training
  • 80% – Exercise and Sport Science: Coaching

Further information

Please note that the telephone phase of Ipsos MORI’s campaign commenced Thursday 23rd February – they are now contacting our non-responding students by telephone and will continue to do so until the survey ends on Sunday 30th April.

Ipsos focus their efforts on those few Subject areas in which the University has not yet achieved the response rate threshold for the NSS results to be published.

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.