Take part in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2019

The PRES provides you with an opportunity to let us know about your experiences, both good and bad, so we can identify what has gone well and understand better what need to improve on. The survey is open and runs until the 17 May. Once we have we have the results we will be identifying areas for improvement.

What is it?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a national survey conducted by institutions across the UK. The Unviersity of Manchester takes part every two years and PRES 2019 starts on 1 April/ 

Why should I take part?

This is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your programme. The results help us to identify the changes that we need to make to improve what we do and to keep doing the things that you value. The results also help us compare how we are doing with other institutions. This year for every completed survey we will donate £1 to be split between two charities Student Minds and Students Against Depression.

What does it cover?

PRES covers your entire programme and will include questions about supervision, resources, research culture, progress and assessment, responsibilities, research skills and professional development, opportunities, wellbeing and your overall experience. 

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. 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 make improvements.

What actions were taken after the last PRES?

School PGR representatives are now involved in reviewing School action plans which respond to the issues identified by PRES.

A peer support group for parents has been established in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

A School in Humanities introduced a research training support funding stream that allows PhD students to attend national and international specialised workshops.

A School in Science and Engineering worked with the PGR reps to produce a PGR Great Expectations Guide.

Two Schools in Science and Engineering worked together to create a joint common room. 

Schools in Biology, Medicine and Health increased funding to help PGRs attend conferences and join societies.

Is it anonymous?

Your survey response is confidential to the team processing the results and no reporting outside of this team will identify any individual. All reported results will be anonymised. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire on 1 April. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. The survey is open until 17 May 2019.

Where can I find out more? 

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please Claire Faichnie, PGR and Researcher Development Manager, claire.faichnie@manchester.ac.uk.