The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) runs every two years and is provided 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). The 2015 survey at QMUL ran between 10 March and 14 May 2015.
QMUL’s PRES 2015 results show little change relative to other institutions from 2013 in a number of key areas. Student satisfaction levels remain very close (within five percentage points) to the Russell Group (RG) in relation to Supervision (-two percentage points), Research Culture (-two percentage points), Research Skills (-two percentage points), Professional Development (equal), and Timely Submission (equal). Medicine and Dentistry benchmarked top of the Russell Group and London institutions for Researcher Development, Research Culture and Supervisor Involvement in Research Projects.
Satisfaction levels have risen in the area of Professional Development (up from 76 per cent to 78 per cent, equal with the RG average). However, QMUL now sits below the RG average in a number of other areas, notably Resources and Support for Teaching. QMUL is looking to address these areas of concern in response to feedback from the PRES. Please see our ‘Tell us, we listen’ webpage for examples.
In 2015, QMUL selected a sample of only second, third and fourth year PhD students (and part-time equivalents) who have not interrupted their studies at any point, achieving 600 responses with a response rate of 56 per cent. The change in survey sample was intended to capture only the 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.
The results from the 2015 PRES are available to download below.
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.