Students

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) runs every two years from March to May and is a chance for research postgraduates to feed back on their experience.

What does it ask about?

  • Supervision
  • Resources
  • Research culture
  • Progress and assessment
  • Responsibilities
  • Research skills
  • Professional development
  • Opportunities
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Overall experience

How do I take part?

The survey runs every two years from March to May and is completed online. It will next run in March 2019.

If your are eligible to complete the survey, you will receive an email with a link to the survey from Student.Surveys@ed.ac.uk and will be able to complete the survey through MyEd.

What happens to my responses?

Your responses are anonymous and are collected by Advance HE.

All the responses are aggregated to produce an overall national report.

The responses from students at each participating university are also aggregated into a confidential report for that insitution.

The University then uses the results to understand, and work to enhance, the experience of our students.

We can benchmark our results against the sector and within benchmarking clubs, and consider whether the experiences and patterns reported nationally are reflective of our own students’ experience.

The focus is on internal enhancement rather than league tables.

Why should I take part?

The University analyses the data to look at how we can enhance the postgraduate research student experience and continue and improve on what we are already doing well.

More than 53,000 postgraduates from 123 institutions across the UK participated in the 2017 survey.