The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience.
PRES 2017 was undertaken between 1 February and 18 May 2017, with institutions able to choose their own survey window within this period for the first time. One hundred and seventeen institutions ran the survey, and received 57,689 responses, resulting in a response rate of 46%. This represents around 53% of the UK’s postgraduate research (PGR) student population.
Postgraduate research students continue to have positive experiences, with 82% of respondents agreeing that they are satisfied with their programme overall. This has remained steady across the past three survey cycles.
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.