What is the National University Senior Management Survey?
As we know, the NSS is an annual survey for all final year undergraduate degree students at institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Aggregate results and cross-institution results and analyses of the NSS are published on the HEFCE website.
However there is much that students don’t know or see about how a university is organised, and the many factors that set the context for the experiences that they have. This is a survey for university staff around the UK to complete on the practices of their senior management team. This survey seeks to move the gaze from the narrow metrics of staff performance to the senior management teams who set the conditions through which staff performance becomes possible. In so doing it seeks to ask questions of the current trajectory of higher education in the UK and to broaden debate about what universities should and could be for our students.

What will happen to the data?
This survey seeks to mirror the NSS and so is an overall audit of senior management practices across the sector. We will set up a national league table of senior management teams such that different higher education practices can be made visible. The first survey will be open until the end of May 2017.

Is it anonymous?
Anyone who takes part in the survey does so with complete anonymity. We collect no data on individuals or institutions beyond the questions asked in the survey.