Frequently asked questions

What is it?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national survey of postgraduate Taught students inviting them to comment on their course and experience. The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your course. It is also your opportunity to tell us what you liked about your time here and things you feel could be improved. All students who complete the survey before Monday 1 June will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle or one of 4 £10 Amazon vouchers.

What does it cover?

PTES concentrates on your course and includes:

  • motivations for taking the course;
  • information you were given to help choose your course;
  • your experience of teaching and learning;
  • the organisation of your course;
  • assessment and dissertation (or major project), and;
  • career development.

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important.  Over one hundred universities and colleges take part. This means we can compare your experience 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.

Is it anonymous?

The survey is anonymous and no-one will be able to identify you from any results. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire on Friday 27 February. Simply click on the link and enter in the username and password provided in the email, and complete the online form. The survey is open until Monday 1 June.

Where can I find out more?

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please see your course or course leader, or contact Tom Norris in Communications on 01784 276322 or by email.

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