Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a valuable tool for our postgraduate research community at Bristol to feedback about their experiences throughout their time here. PRES is one of the most effective mechanisms for you to improve and change the University for a better and more positive experience.

What is PRES?

PRES is a national survey of postgraduate research students that’s organised by Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy).

The survey is designed to highlight areas of strength — but also to collect feedback that helps schools, faculties and the University as a whole make changes that improve the learning experience for postgraduate research students.

The PRES benchmarking data that’s provided by Advance HE also helps us to see how the postgraduate research student experience at Bristol compares with other universities in the UK.

Until 2017, the survey ran every two years. From 2018 onwards, the survey has been made available to universities to run on an annual basis.

PRES 2019: the results

Over 1,000 Bristol postgraduate research students  35% of the total PGR student body  shared their feedback on learning, supervisionsupport and wellbeing at the University by taking part in PRES.

We would like to thank everybody who took part in the survey. Your feedback helps schools, facultiesthe Bristol Doctoral College and the University as a whole to make changes that will improve what we do in the future and to keep doing the things that you value.

A full dataset of all the results for Bristol including a summary of satisfaction scores broken down to school and department level has been produced by the Education Data Insights Team in Education Services:

What is the University doing as a result of PRES?

Change through PRES takes effect through all faculties and schools, and various central services involved in supporting the postgraduate research community.

Your school and/or faculty will also be developing a detailed Education Action Plan to ensure they respond directly to their most relevant areas for improvement. Education Action Plans are held in the QA Framework Documents SharePoint site

For historic PRES survey results, visit the Academic Quality and Policy Office website.

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