UCL PRES 2017 – Results

PRES2017

PRES, the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, is the national survey co-ordinated the national body for improving teaching and learning in Universities, the Higher Education Academy. The survey is a chance for our research student community to provide us with feedback on their experience and allows UCL to benchmark against the wider HE sector.

PRES 2017 was open at UCL from mid February until mid May. Thank you to everyone who took time to complete the survey. It's important that we know what postgraduate researchers think so we can address issues and keep doing what is valued.

 

PRES2017

RESULTS

UCL's headline PRES 2017 results compared to the Sector are below, followed by a closer analysis of each question by Faculty and details of how the 2017 results compare to those from 2015. 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 2017 national report is available on the HEA website.

You can also view the PRES 2015 results and the actions taken.


 
Comparing UCL to the Sector, the most positive statements were:% agreeDifference
1. I have access to the specialist resources necessary for my research (n = 3472)83%1.6%
2. My department provides a good seminar programme (n = 3530)75%0.4%
3. Other than my supervisor/s, I know who to approach if I am concerned about any aspect of my degree programme (n = 3587)78%-0.3%
   
Comparing UCL to the Sector, the most negative statements were:% agreeDifference
1. I have a suitable working space (n = 3442)71%-7.3%
2. There is adequate provision of computing resources and facilities (n = 3478)71%-7.0%
3. My supervisor/s help me to identify my training and development needs as a researcher (n = 3551)70%-4.8%

Detailed results for each question, by Faculty

For each question students were 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 colour code indicates the range of values, from the highest (dark green) to the lowest (dark grey) for each statement, highlighting the relative areas of good practice and areas for improvement. For example in 'Supervision', the first statement had a highest score of 96% and a lowest of 88%.

highest value  highest value 
midpoint value  midpoint 
lowest value  lowest value

% agreeing: "Mostly agree" + "Definitely agree" unless otherwise stated
*   UCL only question
**  2015/17 comparison is not available as the HEA have changed their method of calculation for this question between surveys.

ART BRN BEN ENG IOE LAW LIF MAP MED PHS SHS Sector UCL UCL2017vs2015
SUPERVISION                            
My supervisor/s have the skills and subject knowledge to support my research 96% 91% 90% 88% 92% 90% 91% 91% 89% 90% 94% 92% 91% 0%
I have regular contact with my supervisor/s, appropriate for my needs 88% 87% 85% 87% 85% 65% 86% 85% 84% 84% 83% 88% 85% -1%
My supervisor/s provide feedback that helps me direct my research activities 90% 84% 87% 83% 88% 77% 83% 82% 82% 84% 86% 87% 84% -2%
My supervisor/s help me to identify my training and development needs as a researcher 70% 72% 69% 69% 69% 62% 69% 73% 67% 68% 70% 74% 70% 0%
Overall I am satisfied with the supervision I have received. 88% 81% 82% 80% 87% 74% 80% 83% 75% 80% 80% * 81% -1%
RESOURCES                            
I have a suitable working space 35% 77% 61% 75% 53% 47% 86% 68% 83% 82% 62% 78% 71% -1%
There is adequate provision of computing resources and facilities 52% 79% 54% 78% 54% 45% 81% 74% 76% 83% 59% 78% 71% -2%
There is adequate provision of library facilities (including physical and online resources) 79% 91% 90% 86% 81% 94% 90% 86% 91% 92% 82% 88% 87% -1%
I have access to the specialist resources necessary for my research 77% 86% 71% 81% 74% 85% 89% 85% 87% 90% 82% 81% 83% -2%
RESEARCH CULTURE                            
My department provides a good seminar programme 73% 82% 75% 71% 60% 74% 79% 83% 74% 76% 82% 75% 75% -1%
I have frequent opportunities to discuss my research with other research students 66% 69% 61% 66% 44% 81% 71% 70% 72% 63% 69% 67% 65% 1%
The research ambience in my department or faculty stimulates my work 55% 70% 64% 64% 45% 55% 71% 64% 64% 65% 62% 64% 63% -2%
I have opportunities to become involved in the wider research community, beyond my department 63% 60% 54% 60% 46% 50% 62% 64% 62% 59% 60% 61% 59% -3%
PROGRESSION                            
I received an appropriate induction to my research degree programme 67% 78% 68% 68% 74% 81% 80% 71% 63% 74% 66% 75% 71% 1%
I understand the requirements and deadlines for formal monitoring of my progress 85% 86% 81% 80% 79% 87% 84% 83% 80% 88% 79% 85% 82% 0%
I understand the required standard for my thesis 80% 72% 79% 73% 80% 81% 73% 70% 74% 75% 77% 78% 75% 1%
The final assessment procedures for my degree are clear to me 81% 71% 70% 71% 71% 81% 67% 69% 68% 71% 72% 75% 71% 1%
RESPONSIBILITES                            
My institution values and responds to feedback from research degree students 60% 65% 60% 60% 55% 61% 60% 57% 54% 64% 55% 62% 59% 2%
I understand my responsibilities as a research degree student 85% 90% 88% 85% 85% 84% 90% 85% 84% 87% 81% 89% 86% 0%
I am aware of my supervisors' responsibilities towards me as a research degree student 86% 83% 82% 77% 88% 87% 83% 80% 82% 85% 83% 86% 83% 0%
Other than my supervisor/s, I know who to approach if I am concerned about any aspect of my degree programme 74% 85% 78% 73% 67% 90% 84% 79% 77% 84% 78% 78% 78% 3%
RESEARCH SKILLS                            
My skills in applying appropriate research methodologies, tools and techniques have developed during my programme 87% 90% 89% 90% 84% 90% 93% 90% 93% 93% 86% 90% 90% 0%
My skills in critically analysing and evaluating findings and results have developed during my programme 89% 88% 87% 87% 81% 94% 89% 91% 90% 91% 86% 89% 88% 0%
My confidence to be creative or innovative has developed during my programme 81% 77% 75% 75% 75% 68% 81% 75% 80% 81% 68% 79% 76% 0%
My understanding of 'research integrity' has developed during my programme 76% 87% 83% 84% 85% 90% 83% 81% 83% 89% 78% 86% 84% 0%
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                            
My ability to manage projects has developed during my programme 73% 85% 71% 80% 67% 80% 87% 83% 88% 90% 71% 82% 80% 1%
My ability to communicate information effectively to diverse audiences has developed during my programme 76% 81% 72% 80% 65% 77% 82% 79% 82% 85% 74% 81% 78% 1%
I have developed contacts or professional networks during my programme 69% 71% 73% 68% 60% 81% 72% 67% 70% 79% 77% 72% 70% 0%
I have increasingly managed my own professional development during my programme 74% 83% 78% 81% 75% 94% 81% 77% 82% 86% 77% 83% 80% 1%
SKILLS TRAINING & ADVICE (Key: % agree for "Yes")                            
Agreeing a personal training or development plan 34% 40% 34% 35% 36% 19% 30% 30% 38% 46% 29% 44% 35% 2%
Receiving training to develop my research skills 69% 82% 77% 74% 82% 65% 82% 74% 79% 85% 73% 78% 78% 0%
Receiving training to develop my transferable skills 34% 50% 45% 51% 31% 26% 53% 47% 46% 54% 36% 48% 46% -1%
Receiving advice on career options 37% 32% 28% 29% 17% 39% 43% 31% 35% 43% 26% 31% 32% 0%
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES                            
Taking part in a placement or internship 6% 22% 10% 18% 6% 10% 16% 14% 9% 13% 9% 12% 13% 1%
Attending an academic research conference 85% 74% 73% 71% 61% 90% 72% 79% 78% 83% 78% 73% 75% 1%
Presenting a paper or poster at an academic research conference 67% 57% 51% 61% 49% 77% 60% 61% 65% 72% 62% 61% 60% 1%
Submitting a paper for publication in an academic journal or book 38% 40% 39% 42% 32% 65% 37% 40% 45% 53% 38% 39% 41% 1%
Communicating your research to a non-academic audience 39% 40% 44% 39% 32% 35% 33% 36% 35% 41% 34% 39% 37% 2%
TEACHING                            
Taught (or demonstrated) at your institution during your research degree programme (Key: % agree for "Yes") 57% 36% 44% 63% 23% 61% 45% 51% 39% 46% 52% 51% 46% 2%
Given appropriate support and guidance for your teaching (Key: % agree for "Yes") 54% 57% 64% 55% 57% 53% 57% 61% 57% 57% 65% 60% 58% 4%
Received formal training for your teaching 76% 45% 58% 63% 46% 53% 61% 60% 41% 39% 69% 62% 57% 9%
OVERALL EXPERIENCE                            
Overall, I am satisfied with the experience of my research degree programme 83% 83% 79% 78% 76% 68% 83% 85% 78% 82% 80% 82% 80% -1%
I am confident that I will complete my research degree programme within my institution's expected timescale 85% 85% 77% 78% 83% 65% 81% 80% 81% 81% 78% 82% 81% 0%
CODE OF PRACTICE                            
I am aware of the UCL Doctoral School Code of Practice for Research Degrees 61% 64% 65% 60% 70% 84% 64% 60% 59% 71% 60% * 63% 3%
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT                            
English Fluency (Key: % agree for "Yes") 93% 93% 82% 87% 88% 94% 93% 88% 89% 92% 92% * 90% -1%
Received appropriate support for English language needs. (Key: % agree for Definitely agree + Mostly agree) 27% 22% 48% 42% 20% 50% 31% 37% 23% 26% 32% 41% 33% **

UCL Results analysed by key student demographics

INCLUDE:
Gender, Age, Disability, Nationality, Qualification, Training via DTC, Motivation to study, Year, Study mode, Fee status, Stage of research, Career plans

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WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

UCL's 11 Faculties have been asked to identify three (or more) key improvements in relation to the feedback. These improvements/actions will be reported to the Doctoral School at the annual meetings to discuss Faculty Strategies in December/January and then published on this website. Faculties will be asked to update us on progress in the following year's Doctoral Planning Process (Sept 2018); again this update will be posted on this webpage to allow everyone to follow progress.

Departments will also discuss the results and the actions/improvements they intend to make locally, and these will be reported to and agreed at the Faculty Research Degrees Committees.

Results will also be shared with the Professional Services departments who offer key services to our doctoral community (for example: the Careers Service, ISD and Student and Registry Services); and with the Library. They will likewise be asked to report on their intended actions in light of your 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 views gathered.