We’re keen to make sure postgraduate students have the best possible experience while studying at the University of Reading. To do that we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better. To this end we take part in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) each year to garner valuable feedback from our students. If you’re thinking about taking part this year, these are the answers to some of the questions students often ask:

What is it?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national survey of postgraduate taught students inviting them to comment on their course and experience. The questionnaire takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your programme. It is also your opportunity to tell us what you liked about your time here and things you feel could be improved.

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important.  Over 100 universities and colleges take part. 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 learning experience for future students.

What does it cover?

PTES will ask you about things like:  motivations for taking the programme, depth of learning, organisation, dissertation (or Major Project), professional development. It will also include a few extra questions about issues that are particularly relevant to us and to students at Reading.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire during the week commencing 10 March. Simply click on the link and enter in your username and password (also in the email) and complete the online form. The survey is open until 16 May. If you want to opt-out of the survey then please respond to the email indicating that this is the case.

Is it anonymous?

The survey is anonymous and the University will not be able to identify you.

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 Dr Nathan Helsby in Planning Support on 0118 378 6972 or by email: n.e.helsby@reading.ac.uk.

4 thoughts on “Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

  1. The timing of the first survey was unfortunately during a time when I had a lot of work to submit, so next time you do one, consider when you are asking for feedback from very busy students.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Lisa. I will forward this to the group who look after the survey and hopefully we’ll get the timing right next year. Unfortunately, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) only give us a small window within which we can run the survey – but we’ll see what we can do!

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