Cardiff University’s strategy The Way Forward 2012-17 – Education and Students sets out how we build on good practice throughout the University to provide a positive and enriching student experience. The strategy sets out a series of measures for Postgraduate Research in the period up to 2017:
- At least 90% of our postgraduate students are satisfied by their experience (PTES and PRES)
- At least 25% of students (FTEs) to be post-graduate (PGT and PGR)
- Increase Postgraduate Research student numbers by 30%, with 95% submission in 4 years in all Schools for full time students.
Quality assurance and enhancement
To these ends, the University’s quality system has the purpose of maintaining the standards of the research degrees we award, and of enhancing the quality of the postgraduate research education we offer. It supports our aim of encouraging our postgraduate researchers to achieve their research potential and to submit a completed thesis for examination by the end of their registration. As part of this, we recognise the vital contribution that the views of postgraduate researchers make to the enhancement of their educational environment and experience.
Postgraduate student surveys
Postgraduate research students are invited to provide feedback on the quality of their experience in a variety of ways. At University-level, these include the annual ‘Welcome to Cardiff’ survey, and the ‘Postgraduate Research Experience Survey’ (PRES) – a UK-wide survey designed to help universities enhance the quality of their postgraduate research degree provision. Postgraduate researchers are also involved in direct forms of representation: all Schools have postgraduate student academic representatives who feed the views of students into governing bodies in their Schools, in the Students’ Union, in the University Graduate College, and at senior University committees.
University Graduate College
There is further information available about the work of the University Graduate College for current or prospective PGR students on the UGC website, or browse the links on the left for further information about the way the quality system feeds into the experience of postgraduate researchers.