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Student surveys help us to measure the quality of our teaching and the success of our students. 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 2016

  • Solent’s scores remained the highest that the University has ever recorded on five of the seven survey areas.
  • The University's scores for 'personal development' and 'learning resources' are higher than the average for the sector.
  • Students' 'overall satisfaction' with their courses continues to score highly at 81%.

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 2017

The University’s most recent results are for those who graduated following the 2015/16 academic year, who were surveyed at the start of 2017. In our most recent survey, information for over 1,942 graduates was collected. 

The results (for UK students studying full-time, undergraduate degrees) show that 95.2% of leavers were in employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA employment performance indicator), with 61.3% of those employed holding professional or managerial jobs. 

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