What is happening?
The National Union of Students is encouraging a sabotage of the National Student Survey in retaliation to universities increasing tuition fees above £9,000 a year. The survey is used to assess undergraduates’ opinions of the quality of their degree programs and those that score highly would be able to increase their fees.
A motion submitted by King’s College London’s Student Union and written by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts to ‘mobilize students to sabotage or boycott the NSS’ was passed with a majority on 19th April 2016.
The boycott encourages students to either not fill out the survey or to give artificial maximum or minimum scores, rendering the results useless.
NSS scores are one of the main pillars of the Teacher Excellence Framework (TEF) alongside graduate employment rates, the motion has also called for students to not cooperate with the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
Why is this happening?
Universities that score highly on the satisfactory ratings through the survey are allowed to raise their tuition fees.
By boycotting the surveys, it would be a major incentive for the government to stop their plans to increase tuition fees, and would also cause havoc on HE reforms and other procedures in place to manage and market the sector.
What can you do to help?
Those in their last year of their degree will be asked to fill in the survey at the end of the year, students who wish to take part in the boycott should not fill out the survey, or give all maximum or minimum scores on their survey. This will mean the results will be useless and universities will not be able to justify increasing their tuition fees as they will have little or no results to back them up.