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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

What is it?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is run every two years and is a UK-wide survey of research postgraduate students. PRES is run in association with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education in the United Kingdom. It is based on a core set of questions seeking students' views on a range of aspects of their student experience. The questionnaire also includes open comment boxes, and institutions can add their own specific questions to find out views on areas of particular interest.

The core questions are based on the following main topics:

  • Supervision
  • Research culture
  • Resources
  • Progress and assessment
  • Responsibilities
  • Research skills
  • Professional development
  • Opportunities
  • Overall experience
  • Further comments
  • Motivations

Why does it matter?

PRES is really important to our University as it helps identify what we are doing well, as well as highlight areas for improvement, therefore enabling us to make changes that will help make the experience better for students both in the short term and the future.

How do I access the survey?

Go to and enter your Student ID number or short username or tap the "Complete your survey" tile on the ARU app.

Who can participate?

Students who are studying for a research degree at the time of the survey. Eligible students will receive a link to the survey via email.

When is it?

This year's survey will open on Monday 5 February and close on Monday 30 April 2018.

What's the theme this year?

This year, we're donating 2 to charity for each completed survey. You can make a difference just by taking a few minutes to have your say. The total amount raised will be split between the following organisations, as chosen by you via our Students' Union.

How can I find out more?

Visit for more information.