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Just as last year, the results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSE) show that the satisfaction of UvA students about their programmes has increased. The NSE was published on on Thursday, 21 May.

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The NSE is a large annual survey in which Bachelor’s and Master’s students rate their degree programme by completing a questionnaire. In the questionnaire they appraise – on a scale from 1 (very dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied) – various aspects such as the content of their programmes, their lecturers, the study facilities, assessment and workload. The NSE is held from mid-January to mid-March 2015.

As shown in the table below (in Dutch), overall student satisfaction, particularly in the areas of information provision and professional practice, have risen. The only scores that have moved down are for atmosphere and quality assurance. This comes as a result of a drop in these aspects at the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine. The scores for these aspects have not fallen at the UvA’s other four faculties.   

Tabel NSE 2014-2015
Source: Strategy and Information

By using the results of the NSE, the programmes can, in consultation with their students and lecturers, implement further improvements. The programmes also use the results of the NSE to share ‘best practices’ with one another via relevant platforms.

The response at the UvA was 28%, up from 23.3% in 2014. The national response was an average of 34.7% in 2015.