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Student Experience Survey (SES)

In August each year USC participates in the Student Experience Survey (SES). Current undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, who were enrolled in the first half of the year, will be invited to participate in the SES via an email sent to their USC student inbox. The email will include a link to the online questionnaire.

The Student Experience Survey (SES) is a national survey conducted for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and aims to gain an understanding of students’ experiences at each institution.

The SES forms part of the Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) initiative. Universities and the Government use the results to improve higher education teaching and learning in Australia.

For more information visit Student Experience Survey.

How to complete the survey

Invitations to complete the survey will be emailed to students' USC email accounts from the Social Research Centre. Students can also log into Blackboard and click on the survey link in the "Surveys to Complete" module.

A high rate of student participation in this survey is vital to collect sufficient useful data, but completion of the survey remains voluntary. Results from the SES help universities and government improve the student experience, and enhance teaching and learning in Australian universities.

Great prizes to be won!

As an incentive for your participation, you will have the chance to enter the weekly prize draw to win one of three $1000 pre-paid VISA gift cards. Prize draws take place at the end of each week over the four week survey period in August and the total prize draw is valued at $32,000. To increase your chances of winning and be eligible for all four prize draws, submit your survey in the first week of August. Terms and conditions apply.

Prior year survey findings

The SES is being conducted to help universities and government improve the student experience. Over 178,000 students completed the 2016 SES, making it the largest ever survey of current university students in Australia. Results from the SES are published on the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website ( In 2016, USC student responses: QILT logo image

  • placed USC as the second most highly rated public university in Australia for the overall quality of its educational experience and teaching quality for undergraduate students.
  • placed USC first among Queensland public universities for the overall quality of its educational experience for undergraduate students, teaching quality, learning resources, and skills development.

Access previous years' SES reports.

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