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 regularly take part in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). If you’re thinking about taking part this year, these are the answers to some of the questions students often ask:
- What is it?
- Why should I take part?
- How are the results used?
- What do they cover?
- What do I need to do?
- Is it anonymous?
- Where can I find out more?
What are they?
They are national surveys of postgraduate students inviting them to comment on their course and experience. The questionnaires take around 20 minutes to complete.
Why should I take part?
The surveys are your chance to tell us your thoughts about your programme and studies. It is also your opportunity to tell us what you have 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 do they cover?
The survey will ask you about things like: motivations for taking the programme, depth of learning, organisation, and 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 relevant to you during the week commencing 13 April. Simply click on the link and enter in your username and password (also in the email) and complete the online form.
The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey closes on 14 May.
The deadline for the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey has been extended to 18 June.
Are they anonymous?
The surveys are anonymous and the University will not be able to identify you. However, you are provided with a username to ensure that only registered students can complete the surveys.
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 us the following contacts:
PTES (Taught Postgraduates): Maxine Davies, Planning and Strategy on 0118 378 6972 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRES (Doctoral Researchers): Chris Robson, Graduate School on 0118 378 6169 or by email at email@example.com