What is the Student Experience Survey?

The Student Experience Survey is an annual survey of Imperial students which aims to gather feedback on a range of College services and on Imperial College Union. The survey seeks to understand students’ opinions on life at Imperial beyond lecture theatres or labs.


The 2017/18 survey ran from Friday 8 December 2017 until Sunday 11 February 2018. You can view the SES 2017/18 Initial Results 06/03/18 online here.

Action Plans

In April teams with questions in the survey published their Action Plans in response to the results. You can view the SES 17/18 Action Plans online here.

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Who is the survey for?

The 2017/18 survey was sent to all non-final year undergraduate students and all first year research postgraduate students.

Final year undergraduates are not included as they will be asked to complete the National Student Survey (NSS) in January 2018.

Postgraduate taught students were not included because they will be asked to complete the national biennial Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) later in the academic year.

Why do we run the Student Experience Survey?

The survey gives students an opportunity to let us know how their time at Imperial is going, how we're doing and what we could better. The higher the response rate to the survey the more effectively it can be used to make changes.

As an added incentive, students who completed the survey had the option to enter a prize draw to win one of the following prizes, once the survey had closed a prize draw took place and the successful students were sent their prizes.

  • 4 x £50 Amazon vouchers
  • 10 x £30 Amazon vouchers
  • 2 x £20 Union Shop vouchers
  • 6 x £10 Union Shop vouchers

How are responses kept anonymous?

The Student Experience Survey is anonymous, when the survey closed no personal identifying information was kept alongside responses. Even if participants chose to enter the prize draw at the end of the survey a username is not stored alongside a survey response.

Who should I contact if I have any questions about the survey?

If you have any questions about the Student Experience Survey please get in touch with us by sending an email to studentexperiencesurvey@imperial.ac.uk.