Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)


PRES 2019 intranet

What is PRES?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only national survey for postgraduate research students' experience. It is run every other year by the University, working in partnership with Advance HE and Jisc. Approximately 115 universities and colleges across the UK take part in the survey. 

PRES is now closed for 2019.

Complete the survey

The questionaire takes around 15 minutes to complete. 

Why should I take part?

We want our current and future Postgraduate Researchers to have the best possible experience, working within a supportive environment that helps you prepare for the next stage of your careers. 

This is your chance to tell the University about your experience as a Postgraduate Researcher here. The survey lets us know what is working well and what's not, helping us make things better. Responses from you help us improve both our current and future support, enabling us to do better for all of our Postgraduate Researchers. Our survey is endorsed by the Guild of Students. 

The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from our Postgraduate Researchers. 

What happens with the results?

Your feedback is extremely important to us. The results of PRES are used to enhance the services and support offered to our Postgraduate Researchers. We can compare your experience against other Postgraduate Researchers across the University and with other institutions to see how we are doing and where we need to improve. 

How do I find out the results?

A final report is produced for each College combining the results across the University with specific findings at College level. The reports tell you what we are doing in response to the Survey, and the concerns raised by Postgraduate Researchers. 

View previous PRES reports

What does PRES cover?

PRES will ask you about your experience as a Postgraduate Researcher including your supervision, the resources available, the research culture, arrangements for your progression and assessment, the development of your research skills, your professional development, including careers, your wellbeing and your overall experience at the University. 

Are my responses confidential?

Yes. The University takes responsibility for ensuring that your personal information is dealt with in a confidential and professional way. 

The individual responses of each students are used anonymously in all cases. No tutor in any college has access to any of the data that would identify any individual. 

We collect information through surveys to help us understand the needs, concerns, and priorities of our current and future students. Jisc and Advance HE are working with us to carry out this survey as data processors. Your responses will be held securely by the University, Jisc and Advance HE.  Further information on how the University uses your data

What happens next?

You will soon begin to see publicity about PRES around campus and you will receive an email with a personalised link to the survey itself. You can also access the survey below. 

Complete the survey

Want to know more?

If you have any queries about anything to do with PRES 2019 please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Andrea Patel in the University Graduate School at


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