Looking for the recording from Kingston? See 'National Student Survey Rigged'.
At the start of May Live! reported on Kingston University staff urging students to fake results of the National Student Survey, but a follow-up article by the BBC has revealed the problems are much deeper. Indeed, hundreds of emails to the BBC website have revealed that the advice given by Kingston staff was correct - everyone is faking the results.
Within a few hours of breaking the story nationally, the BBC posted a follow-up containing quotes from a number of emails which reveal a large number of universities are encouraging their students to lie in the survey. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) has continued to defend the NSS, saying its results are not invalidated.
Those of who have contacted the BBC describe special lectures to brief students on the survey, with a variety of suggestions as to how to fill it in to make their degree course look good. A link posted on the Live! discussion and also sent to the BBC reveals the Dean of Business at at Bournemouth calling the survey 'PR'. Some even mentioned being "threatened", or advice delivered with a "threatening overtone".
Hefce, while re-iterating that the results are not invalidated by these claims, told the BBC website that a "very small number" of cases had been brought to its attention and it was "confident that there is no evidence of systematic attempts to manipulate the survey outcomes".