Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017

The University has now launched the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017 and is inviting postgraduate research degree students to take part.

Please encourage research students to complete the survey.

PRES is the only national survey of research degree students’ experience. The results give us rich information on our students’ experience whilst studying for a research degree, and allow us to compare both internally and benchmark against the sector and groups of institutions, so as to make changes that better meet student needs in the future.

The survey focuses on study experience and includes questions on:
– Supervision
– Resources
– Research skills and professional development
– Motivations

A high response from students is essential for the University to gain a good picture of postgraduate research provision and needs.


Highlights from PRES 2015 include impressive scoring in the areas deal with supervision and research skills development. Find out more here:
Actions taken as a result of PRES 2015 include:
– Expanding the Man Met PGR conference to accommodate a greater number of presenters and delegates:

– Increasing teaching opportunities for PGRs:
– Strengthened PGR representation – increasing numbers and arranging participation on key high level committees:
– Increasing research skills development provision:

Please encourage research students to complete the survey.
All students (apart from those who have suspended their studies and those who started after January 2017) will receive emails with their individual web link to the survey.

We are also publicising PRES via the Graduate School web page (, Moodle and Twitter (@MMUPGRStudents) and Facebook accounts.
On completion of the survey, students can choose to enter the fortnightly prize draw.
Amazon vouchers and ‘take your friends for coffee’ vouchers are on offer with a big mystery prize at the end of the survey.
Winners are announced on the Graduate School web page and social media channels along with comments on what they plan to do with their winnings.

If you have any questions, please contact Jean Kelly in the Graduate School