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University of Bristol National Student Survey data expected to be invalid after boycott

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Data gathered from the National Student Survey at the University of Bristol this year is expected to be invalid after the National Union of Students (NUS) called for a national boycott of the survey.

The NUS urged final year students across the country to boycott the survey in an effort to prevent the data gathered from being “weaponised” and used to justify tuition fee rises from September 2017 onwards.

Credit: National Union of Students

The latest figures sent to universities, seen by the NUS, suggest that the rate of response at Russell Group universities, including Bristol, is as low as 27.5%.

For the figures to be valid and used to justify tuition fee raises at least 50% of final year undergraduates must have responded.

Sorana Vieru, incumbent NUS Vice President for Higher Education, told University of Bristol student publication Epigram that the boycott showed just how strongly students felt about feedback being used to justify fee rises.

She also urged Universities Minister Jo Johnson to act and halt the “damaging” reforms.

The Higher Education and Research Bill, which will implement the fee increases, returns to the House of Commons for a final reading this week.

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