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Paul Ayris10 November 2017

PRES survey results (2017)

PRES, the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, is the national survey co-ordinated by the national body for improving teaching and learning in Universities, the Higher Education Academy. The survey is a chance for our research student community to provide us with feedback on their experience and allows UCL to benchmark against the wider HE sector.

Portico green lightPRES 2017 was open at UCL from mid-February until mid-May. It is important that we know what postgraduate researchers think so we can address issues and keep doing what is valued. The full results of the survey can be seen here.

Question 4_3_a relates to the Library: There is adequate provision of library facilities (including physical and online). 87% of the respondents agreed with this statement, compared to 88% in 2015. This is a remarkably consistent performance by UCL Library Services and the scores represent one of the highest as regards answers to the top-level PRES questions.

At its meeting yesterday, the Library’s SMT agreed to establish a Survey Response Team – to give additional focus to the way the Library responds to national and institutional surveys. Survey data is increasingly important as it represents an assessment of the value which students assign to their experiences whilst at UCL. The Library’s 87% score in the 2017 PRES is very good indeed, but the target for all such scores for the Library should be 90%.

Congratulations to all colleagues who contribute to the student experience in UCL and support our students in London’s Global University.

Paul Ayris

Pro-Vice-Provost

The Director’s View: Postgraduate Research Student Experience

Paul Ayris25 November 2015

The Postgraduate Research Student Experience (PRES)

UCL has just received results from PRES 2015, a survey of UK research students undertaken by the Higher Education Academy. PRES 2015 took place in 123 higher PRES 2015education institutions (HEIs) across the UK. PRES is an online census-type survey and in 2015 contacted almost the entire population of postgraduate research students in the UK. It is the first time that UCL has participated in this survey.

One of the questions in the Survey relates to library services and facilities. The question was: There is adequate provision of library facilities (including physical and online resources)? 88% of UCL respondents answered Yes to this question. The sector score was 86%. This is an excellent result for UCL and a testament to the fantastic service that all colleagues offer to UCL.

The results are also broken down by a range of demographics:

All responses    
All responses University College London 88%
All responses Sector Weighted to UCL 86%
Qualification    
PhD University College London 87%
Professional doctorate University College London 90%
MPhil with transfer to PhD University College London 89%
MPhil University College London 83%
Master by research University College London 78%
Age    
25 years old or younger University College London 87%
26-30 years old University College London 87%
31-35 years old University College London 89%
36-40 years old University College London 93%
41-45 years old University College London 86%
46-50 years old University College London 89%
51-55 years old University College London 80%
56 years old or older University College London 83%
Gender    
Male University College London 89%
Male Sector Weighted to UCL 87%
Female University College London 87%
Female Sector Weighted to UCL 86%
Disability    
Yes University College London 84%
Yes Sector Weighted to UCL 84%
No University College London 88%
No Sector Weighted to UCL 86%
Mode    
Full-time University College London 87%
Full-time Sector Weighted to UCL 86%
Part-time University College London 89%
Part-time Sector Weighted to UCL 87%
Year    
Year 1 University College London 88%
Year 1 Sector Weighted to UCL 87%
Year 2 University College London 88%
Year 3 University College London 87%
Year 4+ University College London 89%
Fee status    
UK University College London 88%
UK Sector Weighted to UCL 86%
Other European Union (EU) University College London 89%
Non-EU University College London 86%

All in all a very good result. Congratulations to all concerned.

 

Paul Ayris

Director of UCL Library Services