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Student surveys help us to understand our students' experience when they're here, and their success when they leave. This page focuses on the two main student surveys, the NSS and the DLHE.

The National Student Survey (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 Unistats website, which links through from UCAS - providing prospective students with information on what current Solent students feel about their time here.

Latest results: National Student Survey 2018

The University received its best ever NSS results in 2018.

Scores improved from the previous year in eight of the nine survey areas. These increases resulted in Solent scoring higher than the sector average in six of the nine survey areas, and equal to the sector in two.

Solent's 'overall satisfaction' score was the highest that the University has achieved (83%) and is 2% higher than the benchmark set for the institution.

Solent's score for 'academic support' was the 22nd highest in the sector, and the score for 'learning opportunities' was the 25th highest in the sector.

 Solent scores 2018 Yearly change in Solent scores Sector average scores 2018 Difference between Solent and sector 
The teaching on my course  84%  +1%  84%  0% 
Learning opportunities  86%  +2%  83%  +3% 
Assessment and feedback  75%  +4%  73%  +2% 
Academic support  83%  +3%  80%  +3% 
Organisation and management  74%  +3%  75%  -1% 
Learning resources  86%  -2%  85%  +1% 
Learning community  81%  +1%  77%  +4% 
Student voice  70%  +2%  69%  +1% 
Overall satisfaction  83%  +2%   83% 0% 

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (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

What happens to the information you provide?

The data you provide is safeguarded by the Data Protection Act 1998 and Solent University's own data protection policy. When data is used within the University for reporting and analysis, it is anonymised.

We will send information from this survey to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The uses that HESA makes of your survey responses are described in detail on the HESA website.

Latest results: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2018

The University’s most recent results are for those who graduated following the 2016/17 academic year, who were surveyed at the start of 2018. In our most recent survey, information for over 2,100 graduates was collected. 

The results (for UK students studying full-time, undergraduate degrees) show that 94% of leavers were in employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA's Employment Performance Indicator). Of those who were in employment, 69% had jobs that were considered to be 'professional or managerial'.

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