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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey results

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) runs every two years and is administered by the Higher Education Academy – the national body which champions teaching quality – with the intention of helping institutions enhance the student experience for postgraduate researchers (PGR). In 2017, the survey at QMUL opened on Wednesday 1 March and closed on Friday 19 May. 

In 2017, 78 per cent of respondents agreed that they were satisfied with their overall experience of their research degree programme. This is a slight improvement on 2015, where overall satisfaction was at 77 per cent. 

The highest rated area was research skills and development, which received an 83 per cent satisfaction rating. The highest rated question was 12.2 – “My skills in critically analysing and evaluating findings and results have developed during my programme” – received the highest rating of 89 per cent. 

QMUL is drawing up action plans to address the issues raised by students. One of the ways we will let you know about what action has been taken in response to feedback is in our 'Tell us, we listen' statements. 

Response rate

Since 2015, QMUL has sampled PhD students who are in their second, third and fourth year (and their part-time equivalents) who have not interrupted their studies at any point. This sample is intended to capture only students who have been enrolled for over a year, thereby allowing QMUL to understand the perspective of PhD students who are embedded within their studies and their School/Institute. In 2017, 640 PhD students completed the survey, a response rate of 59 per cent, which is an improvement on the 2015 response rate of 56 per cent.


The results from the 2017 PRES are available to download below.  

PRES 2017 results [XLS 18KB]

PRES 2015 results [XLS 49KB]

PRES is a web-based questionnaire distributed to all active postgraduate research students via email. Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which they agree with a number of statements on a scale of 1 - 5, where 1 denotes definite agreement, 3 equals neither agree nor disagree, and 5 denotes definite disagreement.

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