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The Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2011Headline Results Pam Wells Adviser, Evidence-Informed Practice
Overview • Background • Survey responses • Demographic information • Motivations and aspirations • Scale scores • Importance and experience • Other questions • Resources and publications
Background • Online questionnaire • Voluntary • Anonymous • 2007-9, then 2011 • ‘Enhancement year’ in 2010 • Benchmarking
Key features for enhancement • Confidentiality • Access to data (individual HEIs; benchmarking) • National enhancement events • PEER, PG focus groups • Case studies and resources • Focused workshops and conferences (e.g.19 May 2011, Nottingham
PRES 2011 • 102 participating HEIs from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland • 97,571 students surveyed • From 1 March until 17 May • 31,202 students responded • 32% response rate • Survey access control
PRES questionnaire • Core survey • 7 scales • Overall experience • Motivations and aspirations • Demographic information • Institutional questions • Participating institutions ask as many extra questions as they choose, and design these questions themselves
Demographic information • 50% male, 50% female • 60% home, 12% EU, 29% overseas • 81% full-time, 19% part-time • 83% face-to-face, 18% distance • 5% students with disabilities • Breakdown by disability type …
Employment • 36% in paid employment
Overall experience by scale • Supervisory support and guidance met or exceeded my expectations – 83% • Opportunities to develop a range of research skills met or exceeded my expectations – 88% • Opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills met or exceeded my expectations – 87%
Overall experience by scale • Access to appropriate facilities met or exceeded my expectations – 83% • The research environment met or exceeded my expectations – 80% • Provision of guidance on institutional standards and expectations for your research degree programme met or exceeded my expectations – 80%
Overall experience • The overall experience of my research programme met or exceeded my expectations – 86%
Teaching opportunities • 58% have had adequate opportunity to gain experience of teaching • 51% have been given adequate support and guidance for their teaching • 71% think the experience they have gained through teaching has been a worthwhile aspect of their research degree programme
Confidence about completion • 73% of students are confident that they will complete their research degree programme more or less within the planned timescale
Examples of HEA work re postgraduate students • HEA’s Higher Education Surveys for Enhancement Conference (19 May, 2011, Nottingham): NSS, PRES, PTES, PG focus groups • PRES and PTES surveys and reports (national) • Park, C. (2007) Redefining the Doctorate (York: Higher Education Academy) • Teaching International Students (TIS) project • Funded by the Academy, PMI Programme Board/UKCISA • Research & Staff Development • Brown, T. et al (2010) The Doctorate: Stories of Knowledge, Power and Becoming (Bristol: The Higher Education Academy) • Stuart, M., Lido, C., Morgan, S., Solomon, L. and Akroyd, K. (2008) Widening participation to postgraduate study: Decisions, deterrents and creating success. (York: Higher Education Academy) • Postgraduates who teach (PGwT) Network – Psychology subject centre • Park. C. (2009) The Research Student Experience:Lessons from PRES (York: Higher Education Academy)
Resources and publications • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/student-experience-surveys (PRES and PTES reports and results) • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/evidencenet (range of learning and teaching evidence, including PRES and PTES findings, case studies) • Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org