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NSS incentives


We really value the feedback you provide to help us to shape the teaching and learning experience at Warwick. Although the NSS is only one of the ways that you can engage with the University on course-related matters, it is an important source of information and that's why we offer incentives to encourage healthy (and representative) response rates across all departments.

Is the £5 Eating at Warwick top up available?

Yes, if you complete the survey online, you can claim a £5 credit onto your Eating at Warwick account by following the directions here. The identity of students who have participated remain anonymous to all academic and administrative staff in academic departments and is known only to a few members of staff from Teaching Quality and EATing at Warwick to facilitate the credit.

How does a departmental incentive scheme work?

Where necessary to achieve a healthy response rate, departments can spend up to a maximum of £5 per student* to encourage survey participation. Departments should consult their students to decide which incentive scheme to use. Departments can either choose one charitable scheme to support or administer their own prize draw (as below).

*eligible to complete the NSS in 2018

Charitable schemes

Departments should consult with students to choose a charitable scheme (see below). The total value of money to be donated will depend on the number of students who have responded. Departments can choose to keep the donation at a fixed amount (eg. £4 per respondent) or vary the donation made per respondent as specific response rate milestones are reached.

For example, once a department has reached 50% response rate, the donation per student might be increased from £3 to £4 and then increased to £5 again once a response rate of 80% is reached.

Prize schemes

Departments should consult with students as to what prize scheme might be appealing to finalists. Departments can choose to keep the total fund used for prize(s) at a fixed figure or can increase the total prize fund as specific response rate milestones are reached.

For example, once a department has met 50% response rate, the prize fund is £50. This will increase to £100 (perhaps two prizes) when the response rate reaches 75%.

How do students choose which Charity the donation goes to?

In line with Warwick’s charitable status, these funds need to be donated to schemes run by the University through charitable donations such as the following:

  • The Opportunity Fund, which provides bursaries to clubs, societies groups and individual students to help fund extra-curricular activities
  • Warwick in Africa, which funds Warwick students to travel to Africa to teach English and maths to young learners in disadvantaged communities
  • The Hardship Fund, which offers emergency support to students facing unexpected additional demands on their budget
  • The Warwick Cancer Research Centre, which funds research at Warwick to help people in the local community live better with cancer
  • Other opportunities such as Chemistry Outreach and the Multicultural Scholarships Programme

You can find out more about each of these funds here.

Why can't we donate to an external charity?

The Charity Commission requires that the purpose of any fundraising undertaken by the University must be compatible with the University’s objects. The University’s Charter and Statutes set out that the University’s objects are “the advancement of learning and knowledge by teaching and research and the provision of University education.” In order to protect the University’s status as a Charity it is critical that it complies with the requirements of the Charity Commission. In particular, the University must not fundraise on behalf of other charities.

How do I tell my department where I want the money to go?

If your department is running a local incentive scheme, finalist students should be consulted before the NSS opens in February 2018.

How can my department do a prize draw if all respondents are anonymous?

The prizes should be drawn from the list of all eligible students, regardless of whether they have completed the survey or not. This is the only way to protect the anonymity of respondents. Each department will have the list of students eligible to complete the survey.