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Surveys

One of the ways we collect feedback is through surveys. These help us to find out about your study experiences, what you feel has worked well and where you think there could be improvements. Below are details of the surveys that happen around the University.



NSS Survey

National Student Survey (NSS)

The NSS is an annual UK-wide survey for students in their final year of undergraduate study.

The NSS provides students with the opportunity to share honest feedback about their study experience. The Open University and The Open University Students Association actively use the results to improve what we do, and how we do it. The data is also shared publicly, allowing prospective students to make informed decisions when considering where and what to study.

The survey is anonymous – at no point are students identified to their institution. It runs between 7 January and 30 April.

Find out more about the NSS



SEaM Survey

Student Experience on a Module (SEaM) Survey

This is an Open University run module and tutor evaluation survey. Every student on every module is invited to take part in this survey two to three weeks before the end of the module and you will be asked to answer a mix of closed and open questions.

If you are studying a non-tutor supported or partnership module then you will receive an abridged version of the survey.

Search for a module review


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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

PTES is an annual national survey for taught postgraduate students and is run by the Higher Education Academy.

OU students become eligible to participate in this survey if they are working towards a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Qualification and have already completed 60 credit points of postgraduate study.

The focus of this survey is teaching and learning, engagement with the course, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, resources and services and skills development.



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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

PRES is national survey of PhD, Doctoral and Research Masters students and includes part and full time, distance and face to face, home and international students.

It gathers information regarding supervision, resources, the research community, progress and assessment, skills and professional development.



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Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE)

The DLHE longitudinal survey aims to find out what graduates have been doing, over a longer period of time, since completing their studies.

The survey is conducted in two stages. The first stage aims to find out what leavers are doing six months after qualifying from their HE course. The second stage aims to find out what graduates are doing three years after qualifying.

The University tends to report on the six month survey. There are two survey points in each year of the survey; one in April, which tends to cover mostly OU postgraduate students, and one in January, which tends to cover OU undergraduate students.