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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2018

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is a national survey, co-ordinated by the national body for improving teaching and learning in Universities, the Higher Education Academy. It is carried out annually by the University and begins here on Thursday 1st February 2018 and closes on Monday 30th April 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re keen to make sure postgraduate 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 online by Bristol Online Surveys (BOS). All research postgraduate students (including those on professional doctorate and PhD by Published work programmes) will receive an email from BOS with an invitation to complete the survey. 

If you do not complete the survey within the first couple of weeks you will receive up to 4 further reminders from BOS, until the survey closes. Once you have completed the survey, your particpation is recorded and the reminders from BOS stop.

What do I need to do?

When you receive an email from BOS on 1st February 2018, simply follow the instructions, click on your own personal link and complete the online form. The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is open until 30th April 2018.

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 before 16th February 2018 you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon Voucher.

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 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 community
- progress and assessment
- responsibilities
- research skills and professional development
- opportunities
- overall experience
- 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 the HEA.

PRES 2017 was undertaken between 14 February and 18 May 2017. One hundred and seventeen institutions ran the survey, and received 57,689 responses, resulting in a national response rate of 46%. The final PRES Response Rate for University of Wolverhampton was 68% and we hope to beat this is 2018.

The national report presents data from the 2017 survey, exploring the PGR journey, their personal outlook and presenting recommendaitons and implications for enhancing the PGR experience.

HEA Report - PRES 2017 (PDF)
HEA Report - PRES 2015 (PDF) 
HEA Report - PRES 2013 (PDF)

Institutions own their results and can decide whether to make them public. Detailed results will be made available to Faculties by the Doctoral College. 

More information?

For more information please contact Jill Morgan, Doctoral College on 01902 518769 or by email: