The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

The Higher Education Academy runs PRES every other year and we have been using the responses to PRES 2015 to inform our priorities and plans to improve the research student experience at Stirling.  

49% response rate

49% of Stirling students surveyed shared their views on their experience, compared to a national average response rate of 41%.

85%of Stirling's survey respondents agreed with the statement 'Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of my research degree programme' compared to 82% nationally.

The full Higher Education Academy report on PRES 2015 is available here.

There's more information about PRES below.


Stirling scores well against the national average but we are always looking to improve.  We recently launched a supervisory training programme called ‘Supervising Doctoral Students’ to ensure consistent, high quality and up-to-date supervision across the University for all research postgraduate students. 



Resources and Research Culture

Stirling continues to invest in postgraduate research resources. In the past two years, we have developed online resources for postgraduate research students via Succeed (Stirling’s virtual learning hub), invested in new journals and ebooks in the library and promoted new postgraduate research funds for student-led events such as seminars and conferences.

Faculties are looking for new ways of integrating postgraduate research students into academic life and embedding them in Stirling’s rich research culture. While students are invited to attend faculty research events, they are also involved in delivering their own seminars and workshops.

Stirling Graduate School is also promoting an active and supportive research culture through its skills training programme, events such as 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) and working with Graduate Officers and other student representatives on ways of developing our postgraduate community.




Progression, Responsibilities, Research Skills and Professional Development:

Over the past three years we have launched and developed our online learning management system called Research Compass, enabling students to record supervisory meetings, assess their skills and training needs and access training opportunities. This helps students measure their progress and gives the University a sense of students' progress and skills development needs.  We are using feedback on the system to inform the next phase of development.

We are keen to support our postgraduate research students to teach where they wish to do so. Faculties continue to make sure students are adequately trained and paid for their efforts. The survey results have highlighted an increasing appetite for teaching opportunities and faculties are in the process of considering ways they can provide this. Our academic development team run a programme from postgraduates who want to teach called 'Developing as a teacher in HE'. 

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