2016 PTES satisfaction outcomes

2016 was another successful year for the University of Stirling.  

51% of the students we surveyed shared their views on their experience (compared to a national average response rate of 31%).

88% of Stirling's survey respondents agreed with the statement 'Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course' compared to 83% nationally.

Satisfaction scores were above the national average for all themes except for resources (which was in line with the national average). The graph below benchmarks Stirling’s satisfaction against the national average.

There's more information about PTES below.

Our students value...

  • enthusiastic and inspiring staff
  • taught postgraduate courses which are interesting and relevant.

'The staff are very passionate about their subjects and very keen to be available for meetings.'

'Staff have been fantastic, genuine leaders in their respective fields who incorporate up-to-date and relevant research into their teaching. The course has been extremely intellectually stimulating - only enhanced by the diverse backgrounds of fellow students.'

'The course focuses on applied skills, which is a definite help for employability.'



Ways to improve

'At times there has been a lot of reading and tasks.  This can be challenging due to work and family commitments.'

'More relevant ways of gaining employment skills would be useful.' 

'Feedback seems to take a while to get back to us.'

You said: 

  • that workload is sometimes an issue.
  • that your future employability is really important.
  • that useful and timely feedback is not always consistently available.

We are: 


‌‌Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

HEA Logo for PTES/PRESAt the University of Stirling we value students’ feedback and we capture this through the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) – a nationally recognised survey commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).  Universities across the UK use the PTES survey to better understand their students' experiences and to identify areas for improvement.  

The annual UK-wide summary reports of PTES data, providing analysis of data and commentary on demographic trends, are available on the HEA website.

The PTES survey asks questions on the following themes:

  • teaching
  • engagement
  • assessment
  • dissertation
  • organisation
  • resources
  • skills development
  • information
  • overall satisfaction

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