The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the largest sector-wide survey aimed at gaining insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience. It is an annual survey that continues to grow from strength to strength, with over 84,500 students responding in 2017. As such, it provides vital benchmarking for participating HEIs.
PTES contains demographic questions that allow uniquely powerful analysis of the results by key student characteristics, including disability, gender and parental educational background. PTES provides robust evidence to inform change and development in the curriculum to improve students' academic experience.
We are now delighted to offer PTES, for the first time, directly to higher education providers outside the UK.
New for 2017
PTES 2017 includes a new question that assesses retention vulnerability: Have you considered, for any reason, leaving or suspending your study?” Adding in this question on retention has allowed useful analysis which has contributed greatly to this year’s report.
Also new for this year is an optional question about parental education. This is a significant addition to the survey, as it’s an important indicator for the widening participation agenda.
Understanding student satisfaction and retention
This year the national report pays particular attention to the responses to two powerful questions in the survey:
- ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’
- ‘Have you considered, for any reason, leaving or suspending your study?’
We worked to identify the key relationships between these two questions and the other areas around learning and teaching assessed in the survey. The responses are helping us to identify what we should be focussing on to enhance to student experience.
We’ve also analysed the data according to key demographic characteristics, which has enabled us to make important links to the widening participation and equal opportunities agendas.
Find out more
The PTES 2017 national report will be launched on 25 October 2017. We’re also holding a webinar at 12.30pm on the same day, which will highlight and discuss the key findings. If you would like a copy of the national report once it is launched or would like to join the webinar, please contact us at email@example.com or 01904 717500.