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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

Cardiff University participates in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) run by the Higher Education Academy, which ran in the spring of 2013. One hundred and twenty two UK institutions took part in PRES 2013. With 48,401 students completing the survey, there was a UK response rate of 42%.

At Cardiff University, 1,042 students replied, which represents 55% of the active research students – a fantastic response. Respondents were very positive about their experiences: 86% were satisfied overall with their research degree experience.  This is significantly more positive than UK results, where 82% were satisfied.

The survey also consider various elements of the research degree, where several items are grouped into scales.  Cardiff responses for these scales are as follows:

Supervision: 84% positive (84% UK)
Resources: 81% positive (78% UK)
Research Culture: 67% positive (64% UK)
Progress & Assessment: 79% positive (78% UK)
Responsibilities: 78% positive (78% UK)
Research Skills: 86% positive (85% UK)
Professional Development: 79% positive (76% UK)

The headline results were presented to a meeting of the University Graduate College Board in June.  Further presentations will be made to the PGR Representatives Forum and the Programme Teams in the autumn.  School ‘dashboards’ have been sent to the Director of PGR Studies in the School. Results of this analysis will be considered by the University Graduate College Programme Teams to identify any areas where enhancement is required.

You can view the HEA Report on the 2013 results here.

Members of Cardiff University can request a copy of PRES 2013 results by contacting us at and stating ‘PRES Results’ in the subject line.