Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2024

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The University is taking part in this year’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). It is a national survey conducted by institutions across the UK and globally. The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete.

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey gives Postgraduate Research students the chance to provide your thoughts about your studies. The results will help the University compare how we are doing with other institutions, to make changes that will improve what we do in future and to keep doing the things that you value.

How will PGR students take part?


The survey will open on Monday 18 March 2024 and close on Thursday 16 May 2024


To take part in the survey, students will need to follow the individual link sent to them by email by ‘Postgraduate Student Survey [email protected]’, as the survey is administered by Jisc.

What does the survey cover?

The survey focuses on the students’ experiences of:  

  • Community
  • Progress and assessment  
  • Responsibilities
  • Research skills
  • Professional development
  • Opportunities  
  • Overall experience  

What happens to the results?

Over one hundred universities and colleges take part in the UK and globally. This means that the University can compare the experience of our PGR students against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. We use the findings to improve our courses and the learning experience for future students. 

To see some examples of changes made as a result of student feedback please visit You said, we did!

The survey responses are confidential to the team processing the results and no reporting outside of this team will identify any individual. Any results communicated to teaching staff will be anonymised.  

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact: [email protected]  

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The Old Burgh School,
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St Andrews
KY16 9LB

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Phone:+44 (0)1334 46 2003

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