Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2016

Tell us your thoughts about your course...

We’re keen to make sure postgraduate research students have the best possible experience while studying at Stirling. To do that we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better. If you’re thinking about taking part this year, these are the answers to some of the questions students often ask:

  1. What is it?
  2. Why should I take part?
  3. What does it cover?
  4. What happens to the results
  5. What do I need to do?
  6. Is it anonymous?
  7. Where can I find out more?

What is it?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey or PRES is a national survey of postgraduate research students inviting them to comment on their experience. The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your studies. The results help us compare how we are doing with other institutions, to make changes that will improve what we do in the future and to keep doing the things that you value. This will help improve your experience and that of students like you.  Also, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw for one of two £100 voucher prizes.

What does it cover?

PRES concentrates on your study experience and includes questions on:

• supervision
• resources
• research community
• research skills and professional development
• motivations
• demographic details

It will also include a few extra questions about issues that are particularly relevant to us and to students at Stirling, such as your experience of Research Compass.

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important.  Over one hundred universities and colleges take part in PRES. 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 improve our courses and the experience for future students. 

Have a look at our 'Putting students first...' page where we've summarised some of the steps we've taken to improve your experience and the experience of future research postgraduates at Stirling.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire on Wednesday 4 May 2016. Simply click on the link and complete the online form.  The survey is open until 10 June 2016.

Is it anonymous?

The survey is confidential and no-one will be able to identify you from any results. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

Want to know more?

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please see your course or programme leader, or contact Steph Colvan in Stirling Graduate School by email: . You can also read more about the survey by going to

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