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National employee engagement survey for students' unions

Registration is now open for the 2018 survey

The survey allows you gain a real insight into staff experience and satisfaction, and to benchmark your results against other participating students' unions and the third sector. 34 students' unions participated in 2017 and 55 different students' unions have been involved since 2013.

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

There are two great new developments for 2018. You can now choose between a single generic or a unique password for your staff to access the survey. Also, results reports now show the percentages of staff who responded in each of the five categories from 'strongly agree' to strongly disagree', so you can see the stength of responses at a glance.

You can find full details of the survey here, including the questions:

2018 Employee Engagement Survey - Key Information

Please contact Claire.marsland@nus.org.uk for more information.

Employee engagement awards

Awarded annually, the 2017 winners are:

Highest Employee Engagement - York St John Students' Union

Chris Bateman, CEO said,

"At York St John Students’ Union the we have used the employee engagement survey as a key metric within the ‘Our People’ enabler of at strategic planning and indicators for four years now. This has enabled us to gather invaluable data to support the continual development of, and investment in, the Union's most valuable resource, our people. The survey also formed a key piece of evidence in attaining silver level 'Investors in People' status, and following from this, has become an integral to supporting our operational people policy developments."

Most Improved Employee Engagement - Bristol Students' Union

Case Studies

Bristol students' union

Stirling students' union

Lincoln students' union