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  1. The Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2011Headline Results Pam Wells Adviser, Evidence-Informed Practice

  2. Overview • Background • Survey responses • Demographic information • Motivations and aspirations • Scale scores • Importance and experience • Other questions • Resources and publications

  3. Background • Online questionnaire • Voluntary • Anonymous • 2007-9, then 2011 • ‘Enhancement year’ in 2010 • Benchmarking

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Demographic information

  8. PRES 2011 cohort

  9. Year on the programme

  10. Current activity

  11. Main motivation

  12. Anticipated type of career

  13. 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 …

  14. Type of disability

  15. Age

  16. Discipline

  17. Employment • 36% in paid employment

  18. Scale scores

  19. Scales

  20. Supervision

  21. Skills development

  22. Infrastructure

  23. Intellectual climate

  24. Goals and standards

  25. Thesis examination

  26. Professional development and career

  27. Importance and experience

  28. Importance

  29. 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%

  30. 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%

  31. Overall experience • The overall experience of my research programme met or exceeded my expectations – 86%

  32. Other questions

  33. Roles and responsibilities

  34. 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

  35. Personal factors

  36. Confidence about completion • 73% of students are confident that they will complete their research degree programme more or less within the planned timescale

  37. 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)

  38. 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: surveys@heacademy.ac.uk pam.wells@heacademy.ac.uk