BREAKING: The NSS boycott has been successful at Liverpool University
Free Education Society have spoken to us about their campaign
The Guild campaign to boycott the National Student Survey at Liverpool University has been confirmed as successful by sources in the Guild and Free Education Society. After three months of intense campaigning, including savage posters and a video that suggested you could ‘have a quickie’ in the time it takes to fill the survey out.
Although the official data has not yet been released, sources in the Guild and Free Education Society have revealed that Liverpool’s final completion rate was 43%, down from 76% last year, rendering the data unusable within the Teaching Excellence Framework. The survey needs a 50% completion rate for it to be valid.
The NSS is an independently run survey which has been carried out across the UK since 2005. The survey asks undergraduate students in their final year of study to reflect to share their opinions about their experiences at university and key issues relating to student experience.
Olly McDowell, from Free Education Liverpool Society who originally campaigned for the boycott, told the Tab: “The success of the NSS boycott at Liverpool shows that students are not as apathetic to the drastic and vicious changes to Higher Education as perhaps the media would like to portray. The boycott is evidence that when we organise together, and are prepared to take action, the student body can be a hugely powerful movement.
“What is important coming out of the success however, is that the boycott doesn’t stop here. It must continue next year with the same vigour, or we will see the Tories ignore this year as an anomaly and continue, uncompromising, with their dismantling of Higher Education.
“Ipsos Mori are thinking of reopening the NSS for an extra week to unis that fell just below 50%, which is unprecedented and a little bit dodgy, and could still happen here.”