Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey

Updated on 7 July 2023

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) enables the University to gather information about the experience of any research student.

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What is PRES?

The University of Dundee and the Doctoral Academy are promoting the survey to help encourage as many eligible postgraduate researchers (PGRs) as possible to complete it and to give their feedback. The more researchers who complete, the more representative it will be.

This survey is the chance for PGRs to give feedback on their experiences, allowing Schools and Professional Services to find out what is working well and what can be improved.

Confidentiality is an important part of the survey, and survey respondents will not be identifiable.

Once the survey is open, PGRs will receive an email from the Doctoral Academy giving them their personal link to the survey and encouraging them to fill it out.

What does it cover?

PRES concentrates on your course and includes:

  • supervision
  • resources
  • research culture
  • progress and assessment
  • responsibilities
  • support
  • research skills and professional development
  • opportunities
  • overall experience
  • motivations

What happens to the results?

Over one hundred universities and colleges take part in the UK and globally. This means we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. We use the findings to improve our courses and the learning experience for future PGRs.

See details of changes made as a result of PGR feedback in PRES 2021 and 2022.

Where can I find out more?

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please contact the Doctoral Academy.

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