What is the NSE?
The NSE is a large-scale annual survey that invites nearly all higher education students in the Netherlands to give their views about the various aspects of their learning experience.
What topics does the NSE cover?
The NSE is a wide-ranging survey on the various aspects of your learning experience, such as the content of your degree programme; your teachers; information provision by your programme; learning and study facilities; study load; and assessment and grading.
Why should I take part in the NSE?
The NSE is a key feedback tool for Utrecht University. By taking part in the NSE, you help us improve the academic experience for our current and future students.
When can I complete the NSE?
The survey will be open until 7 April.
On January 29th, an email will be sent to your UU email address with a link to the survey. Tip: complete the survey straight away! You will continue to receive reminders every 2 weeks until you completed the survey.
How long does it take to complete the survey?
The survey takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and covers all the aspects of studying at Utrecht University: from programme content to available study facilities.
Can I save the survey halfway through and come back to it later?
Yes, you can. You reclick the link and continue where you left off.
Can I complete the survey on my smartphone or tablet?
Yes, you can.
Can I also complete the survey anonymously?
You can select one of two options:
- Giving consent that your answers will be sent to Utrecht University on a detailed level. Data-analysts of Utrecht University will process your answers in order to improve the quality of education.
- Giving consent that your answers will only be processed by the research provider. Utrecht University only receives pseudonymous data that has limited usage.
Participation is never anonymous. However, your individual answers will never be shown to teachers and will not be used to your disadvantage.
What should I do if I do not receive an invitation email?
Only those students whose main enrolment is with Utrecht University will be invited to take part in the NSE. Does this apply to you and did the invitation email not get spam-binned? Then go to www.nse.nl, where you can ask to resend your personal link. You will be asked for your UU address (which ends with @students.uu.nl). You will receive your personal link to this address. If that also does not work, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will Utrecht University do with the NSE results?
Using your feedback, we decide which areas to focus on in the year to come. So by taking part in the survey, you are making a direct contribution to improving the quality of your programme.
What did Utrecht University do with NSE results in former years?
- As students you rightly attach great importance to a sufficient number of study spots. It is difficult to create more study spaces. We did start a pilot in the exam periods during which only UU-students and -employees could use the study spaces in the university’s libraries. We are also starting a pilot to better inform you of the location of available study spots.
- You were also less satisfied with the internationalization of Utrecht University, but based on the survey we were not sure why. Therefore, student panels were organized which led to valuable insights. We are now deciding how to follow up on those insights.