Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) annual Postgraduate Graduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) attracts a record response rate
PTES 2017 shows that more than 82% of postgraduate taught students are satisfied with their programmes.
However, a new question in the survey about ‘retention vulnerability’ reveals that over 51% of students with a mental health condition reported that they had considered leaving or suspending their studies; whereas only 19% of students who do not classify themselves with a disability report similar sentiments.
These are the headline findings in PTES 2017 in which 84,556 students from over 100 institutions participated.
Other findings from the survey include:
- The results from the seven core areas of teaching and learning assessed were also extremely positive, with a slight positive trend evident since 2014
- Information given to prospective students and access to resources were the most positive scoring areas, whereas the lowest scoring areas were assessment and course organisation
- The highest scoring items reinforce positive perceptions of teaching and the information given to prospective students
- The lowest scoring items indicate that both workload and insufficient contact time are issues for some students and suggest that a sizable minority of students may benefit from additional support with their studies.
Professor Stephanie Marshall said, “The value of PTES is that it helps institutions benchmark their programmes and provides the evidence base to make informed improvements to the student academic experience.
“It’s very encouraging that over 82% of participants agree they are satisfied with the overall quality of their course and indicates that improvements to postgraduate taught courses are starting from a very high base.Those planning and delivering these programmes deserve enormous credit for their work.
“The retention vulnerability of some demographic groups is a worry. The findings underline just how important it is that the sector works together to intensify and accelerate initiatives to support more vulnerable student groups. PTES will continue to play a key role in gathering data and offering insights so that the sector can act, and students benefit.”
PTES is the largest sector-wide survey aimed at gaining insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience. It is open to institutions from around the world.