UCL PRES 2015 – Results
PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey) is a biennial national survey, co-ordinated by the national body for improving teaching and learning in Universities, the Higher Education Academy.
The survey is the chance for our research student community to provide us with feedback on their experience and allows UCL to benchmark against the wider HE sector. We need to know what postgraduate researchers think so we can address issues and keep doing what is valued.
PRES was open from early March until Thursday mid May 2015. 2015 is the first time that UCL has run the national PRES survey. In previous years we have run in-house graduate surveys.
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UCL's headline results compared to the Sector are below, followed by a closer analysis of each question by Faculty. At the end you can also look at the responses analysed by some key demographic data (i.e. gender, mode of study etc.)
The PRES 2015 national report is also available on the HEA website.
What happens now?
UCL's 11 Faculties have been tasked with discussing their own data (as it stands independently, and in comparison to UCL as a whole) and identifying three key improvements in relation to the feedback. These three improvements/actions will be reported to the Doctoral School at the annual meetings to discuss Faculty Strategies in December/January and thereafter published on this website to provide the student and staff community with information on the actions that UCL is taking in relation to the PRES feedback. Faculties will be asked to update the Doctoral School on progress in the following year's Doctoral Planning Process (Sept 2016); again this update will be posted on this webpage to allow everyone to follow progress.
Results will be shared with key operational departments in Professional Services (for example, the Library, ISD, Organisational Development) who will be asked to discuss their results internally and report on their intended actions in light of feedback.
The Doctoral School will discuss the results with the PG Sabbatical Officer of the Students' Union and ask for their view on priorities, and review the institutional level Doctoral Strategy in light of the results.