Now in its sixth year the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) paints a truly comprehensive picture of the diverse often highly international population of postgraduate taught (PGT) students studying in the UK. PTES has recorded its highest ever number of respondents (67 580) and highest number of participating HEIs (100). The overall response rate has risen to 28.3% though many institutions achieve a far higher response rate than this. The survey has captured a broadly representative group of students by subject by domicile and by mode of study. Some key findings from the PTES 2014 report are:
- 83% of respondents were satisfied with their course being less positive than undergraduates around organisation and resources
- One third (33%) of respondents thought there was not sufficient contact time with staff to support effective learning
- 9 out of 10 (90%) of respondents thought staff were enthusiastic about what they were teaching
- Four out of five students (80%) said they were challenged to produce their best work.
The national report has been written by Ioannis Soilemetzidis Paul Bennett and Jason Leman. The report covers a wide range of analysis including an in depth exploration the student experience of learning motivations to study factors such as English language skills and comparison with the National Student Survey.