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JISC Online Surveys (JOS), formerly Bristol Online Surveys (BOS), is an easy-to-use survey tool that allows you to develop, deploy and analyse online surveys. Survey questionnaires are easy to set up and offer a variety of question formats and presentation options. In addition the tool also provides useful analysis features and further export options for manipulation in Excel and statistic packages like SPSS.

Getting access

This service is available to all university staff.  However, from March 2016, postgraduate and final year undergraduate students are now able to use the tool subject to approval from their academic supervisor.

Staff can request a JISC Online Surveys account for themselves or on behalf of their students by contacting the IT Service Desk. Just call 01202 965515 or log a request online.

A university email address will need to be provided. Users will then be sent a link to activate their account. 

Help and Support

Once you have an account, you can login from the online survey’s login page:

•    JISC Online surveys Login Page 

The OS Help and Support pages are very useful in helping you to design, distribute and analyse your surveys.  

•    JISC Online Survey Help and Support

If students require further advice on research design and ethics, they should contact their academic supervisor.

Research Ethics

Before you undertake any survey you must receive ethical approval by completing the online ethics checklist. Please read the University's Research Ethics Code of Practice, which can be found on the Research blog.