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The National Student Survey (NSS)

What is the NSS?

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a survey of final-year undergraduate students across every university in the UK, run by market research company Ipsos MORI.

The survey gives final-year students the chance to tell the world what's great about their course and about Solent University, as well as what could have been better. It's not just about lectures, but covers every aspect of academic life - resources, facilities, organisation, support and more.

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How is this information used?

Student feedback lets us recognise Solent's successes and identify those areas we need to improve.

NSS results are also published nationally, and are one of the measures which contribute to the main university league tables. They’re also listed on the UCAS website - providing prospective future students with information on what current Solent students feel about their time here.

Latest results: National Student Survey 2015

  • Solent’s scores increased across all seven survey areas, for the second year running – and by more than the sector average.
  • Highest ever scores for all seven survey areas. 
  • ‘Overall satisfaction’ increased by 3% to 82%.
  • Above-average scores on ‘Personal development’ and ‘Learning resources’.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

What is the DLHE survey?

The DLHE survey is an annual survey conducted by all UK institutions on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA). The survey provides information on the employment and further study circumstances of university leavers approximately six months after graduation.

How is this information collected?

Each institution is required to obtain information from at least 80% of its leavers(1), which enables the results to be used confidently.

Solent leavers are contacted by the University in December each year and invited to complete a postal or online version of the survey. Following this, the University then calls those graduates who have not responded, in order to complete the questionnaire with the leaver over the phone.

(1) The response rates required are 80% for full-time leavers, 70% for part-time leavers, and 50% for EU domiciled leavers.

How is this information used?

The DLHE survey helps gives students and prospective students an idea of the career prospects that their course will lead to, while Solent also uses the information to inform course development and improve its focus on employment support.

Nationally, the results are used by HESA to measure employability performance, and parts of the data are used in university league tables, as well as the Key Information Sets shown on

Latest results: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015

The University’s most recent results are for those who graduated following the 2014/15 academic year, who were surveyed at the start of 2016. In our most recent survey, information for over 2,219 graduates was collected. 

The results (for UK students studying full-time, undergraduate degrees) show that 87.5% of leavers were in employment or further study six months after graduating, with 58.2% of those employed holding professional or managerial jobs. Specifically:

  • 79.2% were in employment only.
  • 3.3% were employed and also studying.
  • 5.0% were in further study only.
  • 9.2% were unemployed.
  • 3.3% were unavailable for employment (for example taking time out to travel).
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