Students' Union response to NSS boycott

Posted by rmt22 at Jan 18, 2017 01:20 PM |
Leicester Students' Union have chosen not to support the national NUS boycott of the National Student Survey. In this guest post, Education Officer Alex Mitchell explains why.

The University of Leicester Students’ Union has decided not to boycott the National Student Survey (NSS), and instead work with the University to implement it for this academic year.

This decision was not made on a whim and the executive team discussed the options thoroughly over the summer after the proposition was discussed at NUS’ national conference last April. We believe that boycotting the NSS will have no direct benefit for students and working with the University on this topic would be much more effective at enhancing the student experience at our institution.

We don’t feel like boycotting the opportunity for students to express their views is the right attitude in order to further their student experience and ultimately improve the image of the University and Union.

It is also important to mention that the Union has its own democratic representative structure that sets its own stances and policies on ideas through our council. As of yet no student as elected representatives or not has brought forward a proposal to boycott the NSS meaning it is something that we should not do.

Due to this we would like to extend an invitation to any members of staff who would like to collaborate with the Union on the NSS. Whether it’s getting in touch with your course reps or asking us about our intended communication plan with the University, we are here to answer any queries and ultimately help the University build on its improvements each year for a truly remarkable student experience for all. To contact me on the NSS or any other SU issue please email

Alex Mitchell

(Education Officer)

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