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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

What does PRES ask?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey gives our PGR students the opportunity to tell the University all about their experiences at Cardiff, which helps us to identify areas where improvements could be made to further enhance the experience of research degree students.

PRES is an online survey that looks at five areas: supervision, learning facilities and resources, monitoring and assessment of progress, skills development, and the opportunities provided for career development. There is also a short section which asks some additional questions specific to Cardiff University services and facilities.

As with the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), the PRES is designed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) which runs the survey in many Universities in the UK.

When and how do students take part?

The survey is available from March to all PGR students via a unique online link, which will be sent out to you via email. You can also follow the link on your desktop on University PCs.

The survey will then be open until May 2015. A Welsh language version is also available.

How is the feedback from the survey reported and used?

The results of the survey will be analysed and made available to key academic and administrative staff involved in the teaching and management of postgraduate research students. Student Academic Representatives will also be provided with a summary of the key findings. Headline statements from the survey will be considered by the University’s decision-making bodies with responsibility for postgraduate provision.

The University will be able to compare its results against overall national aggregated results and a group of selected ‘benchmark’ institutions. The Higher Education Academy will also undertake a sector-wide analysis and produce a report of its findings in autumn 2015.

Find out more

Further information about postgraduate surveys (including PRES) is available on the HEA website.

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