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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2023

What is PRES?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only national survey for postgraduate research students' experience. It is run every year by the university, in partnership with Advance HE and Jisc.

This year's PRES will launch on Monday 17 April 2023 and closes on Monday 15 May 2023.

Why should I take part?

We want our current and future Postgraduate Researchers to have the best possible experience, working within a supportive environment that helps you prepare for the next stage of your careers. This is your chance to tell the university about your experience as a Postgraduate Researcher here. The survey lets us know what is working well and what's not, helping us make things better. Responses from you help us improve both our current and future support, enabling us to do better for all of our Postgraduate Researchers. Our survey is endorsed by the Guild of Students.

On completion of the survey students will be entered* into a prize draw to win one of 10 Amazon vouchers worth £50 as a thank you for participating

*Students who would prefer not to be entered can let us know by emailing

How do I access the survey?

You will be sent a personalised link to your student email. Alternatively, you can access it from the 17th April using this link.

What happens with the results?

Your feedback is extremely important to us. The results of PRES are used to enhance the services and support offered to our Postgraduate Researchers. We can compare your experience against other Postgraduate Researchers across our university and with other institutions to see how we are doing and where we need to improve. Some areas for improvement will be the responsibility of the Graduate School, some will be individual schools’ responsibilities and some may be institutional wide issues.

What does PRES cover?

PRES will ask you about your experience as a Postgraduate Researcher including your supervision, the resources available, the research culture, arrangements for your progression and assessment, the development of your research skills, your professional development, including careers, your wellbeing and your overall experience at the university.

Are my responses confidential?

Yes. The university takes responsibility for ensuring that your personal information is dealt with in a confidential and professional way. The individual responses of each students are used anonymously in all cases and you should ensure that any comments can’t identify you.

Want to know more?

If you have any queries about anything to do with PRES 2023, please don't hesitate to contact

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