PTES, PRES and UKES are still going ahead this year. The full fieldwork period began in early February and many institutions have already begun their surveys. At the moment there are no plans to extend the periods, which already run as far as mid-May for PRES and mid-June for UKES and PTES. Our windows are flexible – institutions, can start, stop and pause the survey as they require. Closing on this date will allow us to provide results by the end of the academic year as planned.
However if you feel that, for example, extending the survey periods into the summer could help students have a better opportunity to take part, please contact Surveys@advance-he.ac.uk. If there is widespread agreement to this, we will consider this
We have developed an FAQs document to support participating institutions over this period. You can access the FAQs here.
No matter where your higher education institution is located in the world, this survey can benefit your institution with:
- valuable data to inform enhancements to the experience of postgraduate researchers
- confidential benchmarking against other institutions
- the addition of tailored questions
In 2016 we conducted a sector-wide consultation on possible changes to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. The consultation covered topics such as the relevance of the survey for Doctoral Training Partnerships, Professional Doctorates and the publication of results. More information on the results of the consultation for PRES 2017 and beyond can be found here.
What is PRES?
Evaluate and enhance the postgraduate research student experience
The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) enables you to gather information about the experience of any research student on a doctoral or research master’s course.
PRES has been developed in consultation with the sector and has been robustly tested across many disciplines, in several institutions and with students to ensure it produces valid results.
The survey focuses on students’ experiences of:
- research community
- progress and assessment
- skills and professional development
It also considers students’ motivations for taking their programme.
PRES results can be used to benchmark your institution’s postgraduate provision against others in the global higher education sector. Results can be broken down by discipline, gender, mode of study and domicile, helping you target enhancement where it is most needed. The results can be used to inform sector bodies and policy makers about the experience students can expect.
Why participate in PRES?
Provides national, institutional and subject/discipline benchmarking
Data from the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) allows you to compare your institution’s postgraduate provision against others in the sector at a national, institution and discipline level. This information can be used to identify areas of strength, as well as to address how teaching may be changed to improve student outcomes and the appeal of programmes to prospective students.
We have designed and tested the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) in conjunction with experts from across the higher education sector.
PRES allows you to:
- gain valuable data to inform enhancements to the experience of postgraduate researchers
- benchmark your provision against others, while your results remain confidential
- tailor your survey by adding your own questions
These reports present the sector findings of the PRES, aggregating results from all participating institutions – providing the most comprehensive picture of the postgraduate taught experience.
The information in PRES reports can be used to provide an indication of where national priorities for enhancing learning and teaching may lie. The reports also analyse results by discipline and student group, suggesting where support may need to be targeted and helping higher education institutions to interpret their own results.
Speak to us if you’d like assistance in interpreting them and using them to your advantage.
These final reports are rich in useful insights and you can download them here.
- Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2019
- Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017
- Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2015
- Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2013
- Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2011
- Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2009
PRES allows us to identify what students are satisfied with, and what areas need to be developed, which is really important in helping engage with the Postgraduate community.
Stef Black, Postgraduate Development Officer, Students’ Representative Council, University of Glasgow
Without PRES I would not have had the evidence base to argue for the deployment of additional resources for PGR workspace. These data, set within the context of excellent levels of satisfaction on most other criteria, were a powerful tool to mobilise awareness, support and resources.
Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School, King's College London