Positive results for the university from this year’s Postgraduate Research Experience survey (PRES)
The results of the biennial Postgraduate Research Experience survey (PRES) 2015 show that, according to our PhD students, the research environment at the university compares well to other providers in the sector and in some areas it even exceeds its competitors.
The PRES is the only sector-wide survey to gather insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience. Unlike the NSS, research students can complete the survey at any stage or their doctoral study, not just their final year.
Key areas where the University of Cumbria is ahead of the sector include:
- Students’ awareness of supervisors’ responsibilities
- Feedback is acknowledged to help direct research activities
- Students feel capable of managing their own professional development
- Students feel they have a full understanding of the standards required
- Students are confident that they will be able to complete their studies within the expected timescale.
Naturally, though, we still want to do better next year so the PRES is also helping us to identify where we could be doing better in the future.
If you would like to apply to the University of Cumbria to become a research student then please go to our research information page.
More details of the PRES can be found on the HEA website here
Background info re PRES
Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)
The Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) biennial Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only sector-wide survey to gather insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience.
PRES enables gathering of information about the experience of any research student on a doctoral or research Master’s course. Unlike the NSS, research students can complete the survey the PRES at any stage or their doctoral study, not just their final year.
Eligible students are invited to participate in the online survey which includes a standard set of questions designed and developed by the HEA. The survey aims to highlight areas of strength and areas where the university could improve upon the learning experience for postgraduate research students.
Students are asked to agree or disagree (on a scale of one to five) with statements, or indicate how often a learning style or behaviour is encouraged. The statements cover the following areas:
- Research Community
- Progress and Assessment
- Research Skills and Professional Development
- Overall Experience
- Demographic details, along with specific institutional based questions
The HEA publish aggregated national findings. Results for the University of Cumbria, as for other institutions, are confidential. It is, however, possible to compare the university's results with the sector and with benchmarking groups ie Million+ group.
Detailed results for the university are available to staff within the Deanery. For further information about PRES at the University of Cumbria please contact the Graduate School.