National employee engagement survey for students' unions

Delivered in partnership with Agenda Consulting, specialists in enagement benchmarking in the not-for-profit sector, the survey also allows you to benchmark your results against other participating students' unions and the third sector more widely.

The survey itself is provided through a dedicated website just for your students' union, and is branded with your logo and colours. Staff can access the site with a password of your choice and complete the survey anonymously online. The site also has a reporting portal where you can access your results and generate different types of reports; for example, by department or team, or demographic group.

After starting in 2013, the survey has run successfully for four years. 35 students' unions participated in the 2016 survey - a mix of those who'd participated in previous years and those who were taking part for the first time.

How to get involved

The 2017 survey is now closed, but you can still find general information about it and the questionnaire itself here:

2017 Engagement Survey Infosheet

The 2018 survey will be open for registration in the autumn

Please contact if you would like to know more.

Employee Engagement Awards

Lauched in 2014, these two awards recognise students' unions who're making a real difference around employee enagement. NUS awards the following annually from students' unions who participate in the survey:

Highest Employee Engagement Award

2017 Winner: York St John Students' Union

Most Improved Employee Engagement Award

2017 Winner: Bristol Students' Union