UCL PRES 2019

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey) is a national survey, co-ordinated by the national body for improving teaching and learning in Universities, the Advanced HE. 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 2019 was open from mid February until end of April 2019. This was the third time that UCL had run the survey.

UCL's headline PRES 2019 results compared to the Sector are below, followed by a closer analysis of each question by Faculty and details of how the 2019 results compare to those from 2017. 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 2019 national report is available on the Advanced HE website.

You can also view the PRES 2017 results and the actions taken.

UCL PRES 2019 RESULTS

 

Comparing UCL to the Sector, the most positive statements were:% agreeDifference

1. I have access to a good seminar programme in my research area (n = 3330)
71% 5.5%
2. The research community in my research area stimulates my work (n = 3353) 64% 4.4%
3. I have access to the specialist resources necessary for my research (n = 3240) 82% 3.2%
   
Comparing UCL to the Sector, the most negative statements were: % agree Difference

1. I have a suitable working space (n = 3252)
72% -6.6%
2. There is adequate provision of computing resources and facilities (n = 3266) 73% -6.3%
3. I understand the required standard for my thesis (n = 3387) 75% -4.0%

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 100% and a lowest of 85%.

highest value  highest value 
midpoint value  midpoint 
lowest value  lowest value


% agreeing: "Mostly agree" + "Definitely agree" unless otherwise stated
*   UCL only question
**   new in 2019

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 94% 92% 85% 89% 94% 100% 92% 90% 88% 92% 94% 92% 91% 1%
I have regular contact with my supervisor/s, appropriate for my needs 91% 89% 83% 86% 89% 96% 90% 83% 80% 89% 86% 89% 87% 2%
My supervisor/s provide feedback that helps me direct my research activities 93% 90% 82% 85% 89% 92% 84% 83% 77% 88% 88% 88% 86% 2%
My supervisor/s help me to identify my training and development needs as a researcher 76% 77% 68% 72% 75% 84% 68% 71% 66% 71% 72% 76% 72% 3%
Overall I am satisfied with the supervision I have received. 90% 86% 82% 82% 88% 85% 82% 82% 73% 81% 87% * 83% 2%
RESOURCES                            
I have a suitable working space 48% 78% 62% 73% 45% 92% 89% 76% 77% 86% 69% 78% 72% 1%
There is adequate provision of computing resources and facilities 56% 80% 62% 76% 50% 88% 87% 79% 75% 84% 69% 79% 73% 2%
There is adequate provision of library facilities (including physical and online resources) 84% 90% 84% 89% 78% 92% 91% 86% 89% 94% 87% 86% 87% 0%
I have access to the specialist resources necessary for my research 82% 87% 71% 80% 76% 92% 90% 83% 81% 87% 83% 79% 82% 0%
RESEARCH CULTURE                            
I have access to a good seminar programme in my research area 75% 78% 64% 68% 61% 54% 77% 76% 65% 74% 69% 65% 71% -5%
I have frequent opportunities to discuss my research with other researchers including research students 73% 73% 64% 67% 52% 80% 77% 71% 66% 65% 67% 66% 67% 2%
The research community in my research area stimulates my work 66% 73% 61% 66% 47% 77% 75% 63% 55% 69% 62% 60% 64% 1%
I am aware of opportunities to become involved in the wider research community, beyond my department 70% 58% 59% 61% 53% 69% 68% 67% 54% 62% 61% 61% 61% 2%
PROGRESSION                            
I received an appropriate induction to my research degree programme 75% 76% 72% 71% 74% 88% 85% 70% 61% 75% 70% 77% 73% 2%
I understand the requirements and deadlines for formalmonitoring of my progress 85% 83% 83% 78% 87% 92% 83% 83% 78% 88% 82% 86% 83% 1%
I understand the required standard for my thesis 83% 73% 78% 72% 83% 77% 70% 69% 71% 77% 78% 79% 75% 0%
The final assessment procedures for my degree are clear to me 79% 73% 69% 69% 79% 85% 70% 67% 63% 77% 71% 76% 72% 1%
RESPONSIBILITES                            
My institution values and responds to feedback from research degree students 68% 65% 62% 57% 50% 68% 62% 55% 51% 64% 60% 60% 59% 0%
I understand my responsibilities as a research degree student 90% 86% 89% 86% 88% 92% 90% 85% 83% 89% 86% 89% 87% 1%
I am aware of my supervisors' responsibilities towards me as a research degree student 90% 85% 84% 81% 90% 88% 85% 81% 83% 85% 88% 87% 85% 2%
Other than my supervisor/s, I know who to approach if I am concerned about any aspect of my degree programme 84% 81% 73% 76% 71% 81% 83% 81% 69% 88% 78% 77% 78% 0%
RESEARCH SKILLS                            
My skills in applying appropriate research methodologies, tools and techniques have developed during my programme 92% 91% 87% 90% 88% 81% 95% 94% 93% 93% 88% 90% 91% 1%
My skills in critically analysing and evaluating findings and results have developed during my programme 91% 91% 85% 87% 88% 85% 92% 91% 89% 89% 91% 89% 89% 2%
My confidence to be creative or innovative has developed during my programme 83% 77% 78% 77% 79% 73% 82% 80% 80% 79% 75% 79% 79% 2%
My understanding of 'research integrity' has developed during my programme 83% 87% 85% 82% 92% 81% 86% 83% 86% 89% 83% 86% 86% 2%
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                            
My ability to manage projects has developed during my programme 81% 85% 71% 82% 72% 71% 87% 83% 90% 85% 75% 82% 81% 1%
My ability to communicate information effectively to diverse audiences has developed during my programme 78% 82% 72% 81% 72% 88% 80% 78% 87% 82% 76% 80% 79% 1%
I have developed contacts or professional networks during my programme 71% 74% 69% 73% 65% 73% 76% 66% 69% 73% 73% 71% 71% 1%
I have increasingly managed my own professional development during my programme 82% 83% 82% 80% 78% 80% 83% 78% 85% 84% 78% 83% 81% 1%
SKILLS TRAINING & ADVICE (Key: % agree for "Yes")                            
Agreeing a personal training or development plan 38% 44% 35% 35% 44% 31% 32% 28% 42% 46% 34% 47% 38% 3%
Receiving training to develop my research skills 72% 82% 81% 70% 84% 77% 81% 70% 75% 87% 76% 76% 78% 0%
Receiving training to develop my transferable skills 42% 52% 41% 50% 43% 27% 53% 46% 43% 58% 38% 45% 47% 1%
Receiving advice on career options 36% 38% 29% 30% 21% 15% 40% 33% 34% 40% 33% 31% 33% 1%
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES (Key: % agree for "Yes")                            
Taking part in a placement or internship 14% 19% 10% 15% 10% 4% 20% 14% 9% 11% 11% 13% 14% 0%
Attending an academic research conference 77% 73% 72% 67% 69% 88% 72% 77% 79% 80% 80% 72% 74% -1%
Presenting a paper or poster at an academic research conference 61% 58% 60% 58% 51% 81% 53% 60% 63% 65% 62% 60% 59% -2%
Submitting a paper for publication in an academic journal or book 37% 44% 43% 45% 29% 54% 33% 41% 41% 51% 39% 36% 41% 0%
Communicating your research to a non-academic audience 43% 41% 39% 41% 35% 15% 35% 36% 41% 44% 43% 39% 40% 2%
Engagement with a non-academic partners – e.g. in industry or elsewhere 23% 25% 39% 42% 25% 23% 28% 24% 31% 29% 30% 30% 30% **
TEACHING                            
Taught (or demonstrated) at your institution during your research degree programme (Key: % agree for "Yes") 49% 30% 49% 60% 23% 69% 45% 53% 22% 30% 51% 49% 42% -4%
Given appropriate support and guidance for your teaching (Key: % agree for "Yes") 56% 55% 58% 58% 51% 50% 70% 60% 48% 60% 59% 60% 58% 0%
Received formal training for your teaching 79% 63% 68% 70% 61% 71% 75% 66% 63% 57% 81% 66% 70% 12%
OVERALL EXPERIENCE AND COMPLETION                            
Overall, I am satisfied with the experience of my research degree programme 82% 84% 73% 79% 78% 88% 86% 80% 75% 83% 85% 81% 81% 0%
I am confident that I will complete my research degree programme within my institution"s expected timescale 92% 85% 79% 76% 82% 85% 84% 82% 79% 82% 81% 82% 82% 1%
CODE OF PRACTICE                            
I am aware of the UCL Doctoral School Code of Practice for Research Degrees. 70% 69% 75% 66% 74% 65% 71% 64% 68% 72% 68% * 69% 6%
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT                            
English Fluency (Key: % agree for "Yes") 93% 95% 89% 88% 88% 92% 94% 93% 91% 92% 91% 90% 91% 2%
Received appropriate support for English language needs. 50% 35% 50% 49% 30% × 26% 41% 41% 58% 36% 44% 41% 8%

 

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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