Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019- The Results

Published: 9 September 2019

The results of the 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey are in! 85% of UofG postgraduate researchers are satisfied with their overall experience.

The 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) survey ran in early 2019 with a response rate of 45%. We are delighted to report that 85% of our respondents at UofG said they were satisfied with their overall experience, compared with an 81% sector average.

Respondents were particularly satisfied with supervision, highlighting their supervisors’ helpful feedback and support for identifying training needs. Other positive areas include the access to resources and working space, and the availability of opportunities to develop skills in research and transferable skills for employability.

 Graphic showing results of 2019 Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey

Highlighted results of the Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey 2019

In the two years since the last PRES, all four Graduate Schools have been hard at work to understand and address the concerns of students in their subject areas, recognising the varying challenges posed by their demographic and disciplinary differences.

George Baillie, Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences said: "We take the PRES results really seriously. We’re proud that we’ve always had really high levels of satisfaction with supervision and facilities and since the last survey in 2017 we’ve worked particularly hard on our processes for progress review and induction. As part of our efforts, we were pleased to introduce a new handbook, making a lot of previously unsaid things explicit. It’s good to see that satisfaction with these areas has increased, along with overall satisfaction and the number of students agreeing that their institution listens to and responds to feedback."

Results of the 2019 PRES are now being discussed by Graduate Schools, PGR convenors and other key contacts to identify areas for action. If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can enhance the postgraduate research experience and community, please contact your own Graduate School or



First published: 9 September 2019