Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019

PRES is a national survey, co-ordinated by Advance HE. It is carried out by the University and begins here on 4th February 2019 and closes on 30th April 2019.

The University is promoting the survey to encourage as many eligible students as possible to complete it online and to give their feedback (students on a leave of absence will not be surveyed). The more students who complete, the more representative it will be.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re keen to make sure research students have the best possible experience while studying at the University of Wolverhampton. To do that we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better. If you’re thinking about taking part this year, these are the answers to some of the questions students often ask:

How will PRES be carried out?

The survey is carried out by the Doctoral College and the questionnaire hosted by Jisc Online Surveys (OS). On 04/02/19 all eligible research students (including those on Professional Doctorate & PhD by Published work programmes) will receive a personalised email from OS asking them to complete the survey via their own unique link. 

Please note that emails from the OS software will be sent to university student email addresses and additional emails from the Doctoral College will be sent to your registered contact email. Your personal link will also be available on the your E:vision account on the ‘surveys’ tab.

If you do not complete the survey within the first couple of weeks you will receive reminders from OS and the Doctoral College, until the survey closes. Once you have completed the survey, your particpation is recorded and the reminders stop.

What do I need to do?

When you receive an email from OS on 4th February 2019, simply follow the instructions, click on your own personal link and complete the online form. Your personal survey link is recorded against your anonymised demographic information therefore please do not send your personal link to other students.

How long does it take?

The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. As a thank you for your time, if you complete the survey you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon Voucher.

Why should I take part?

PRES is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your studies. The results help us compare how we are doing with other institutions, to make changes that will improve what we do in the future and to keep doing the things that you value. This will help improve your experience and that of students like you. 

What will be asked?

The survey questions are broken down into the following areas:
- supervision
- resources
- research culture
- progress and assessment
- responsibilities
- research skills
- professional development
- opportunities
- wellbeing
- motivations
- institutional questions
- demographic details

Within these categories, you are asked to agree or disagree (on a scale of one to five) with statements, or indicate how often a learning style or behaviour is encouraged. You are encouraged to take an overview of your experience of the whole course and take into account the balance of what constitutes a ‘better’ and ‘worse’ experience. 

Is it anonymous?

The individual responses are confidential to the Doctoral College and only anonymous aggregare data will be supplied to Faculties so no-one will be able to identify you from any results. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important.  Over one hundred universities and colleges take part in PRES. This means we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. We use the findings to improve our courses and the experience for future students. 

How will I see the results?

The results of institutions aggregated together are published by Advance HE. Institutions own their results and can decide whether to make them public. Detailed results will be made available to Faculties by the Doctoral College.

Previous results

PRES 2018 was undertaken between 1 February and 30 April 2018, with n a national response rate of 39%. The final PRES Response Rate for University of Wolverhampton was 78% and we hope to beat this is 2019.

The Advance HE PRES 2018 report presents data from the 2018 survey, exploring the PGR journey, their personal outlook and presenting recommendaitons and implications for enhancing the PGR experience.

HEA Report - PRES 2017
HEA Report - PRES 2015 
HEA Report - PRES 2013

More information?

For more information please contact Jill Morgan, Doctoral College on 01902 518769 or by email: j.morgan4@wlv.ac.uk