Understanding the surveys

Each year, we carry out a range of surveys to find out about your experiences whilst studying with us. This year the dates for the surveys are between 24 January and 29 April 2022.

Our internal and national surveys give students a powerful voice, shaping our institution by:

  • letting us know how we're doing
  • where to make improvements
  • where to celebrate achievements

Want to know what impact students' voice has already had? Find out more about the impact.

Below you can find out more about the range of surveys we conduct and how you can get involved.

What are the surveys, and why are there different ones?

We run a range of surveys tailored to different years of study and modes of learning so that we can ask the right questions for your experience. Some of the surveys are run nationally by external companies, and some are internal and only for University of Derby students. The surveys aim to hear about your entire experience with us up to now, so please ensure you think about your whole student journey at the University of Derby when you complete your survey.

When you put your student ID number into the student surveys page, you’ll be directed to the survey that’s correct for you. The surveys we run are as follows:

  • National Student Survey (NSS) - the NSS is an external survey and is predominantly aimed at students in their final year of study. Find out more about the NSS. As the survey is run by an external company Ipsos MORI you may be contacted by them until you complete the survey
  • UoDsurvey – this is an internal survey for undergraduate students who are not in their final year of study or are not eligible to complete the NSS
  • Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) – PTES is an external survey run by Advance HE. This survey is specifically aimed at students studying on Postgraduate Taught programmes (eg PGCert/PGDip/Masters). This survey launches from 1 February until 29 April 2022
  • Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) – PRES is an external survey run by Advance HE. This survey is specifically aimed at students studying on the Postgraduate Research route. This survey launches from 1 February until 29 April 2022

Please note: to allow you to settle into your studies if you're a January 2022 starter or from online (UDOL) postgraduate taught learning courses (i.e. online PGCert/PGDip/Masters) from September 2021, you will not be asked to complete these surveys. If you do however have feedback you would like to share with us, please contact students@derby.ac.uk.

How do I complete the survey?

All you need to do is go to the student surveys page and pop in your student ID number to open your survey window. We ask for your student ID number to make sure you get the right survey, and it is then wiped so everything you write is anonymous.

Please note that only the first time that you complete a survey will be recorded. If there is anything else you want to tell us after you’ve completed the survey (or at any point during the year), you can email us at students@derby.ac.uk 

If you’re eligible for National Student Survey (NSS) you’ll be asked to choose the institution, so type in University of Derby and then click the arrows to continue. At this point, Ipsos MORI will ask for further information so they know it is you completing it. This information is held by Ipsos MORI and also means they’ll stop contacting you (as mentioned above) once you’ve completed it. You can view further information about the Ipsos MORI privacy statement and their FAQs on their website.

What’s in it for me?

We are really grateful for the time you take to tell us about your experience. As a ‘thank you’ for completing the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to win £250. There are two prize draw opportunities for each survey and the winners will be announced in May.