Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2020


The PRES survey 2020 is now closed

Thanks to all of you who participated.  The winners of the two £50 Waterstones vouchers will be drawn at random and will be informed by Friday 19 May

What happens with the results of the survey?


What is PRES?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only national survey for postgraduate research students' experience. It is run annually by Royal Holloway, working in partnership with Advance HE and Jisc.

PRES has been developed in consultation with the sector and has been robustly tested to ensure it produces valid results.  The survey focuses on students’ experiences of:

  • supervision
  • resources
  • research community
  • progress and assessment
  • skills and professional development
  • wellbeing


Why should you take part?

This is your chance to tell Royal Holloway about your experience as a postgraduate researcher here - both how the College is already supporting you on your research journey and what we can do to improve your experience here. Responses from you help the College improve both our current and future support.  

Please note that your department will likely require that you complete the survey as part of your annual review.  You should print / screenshot the last completion screen as evidence of completion. 

As a thank you for your feedback you will be entered into a draw to win one of two online Waterstones vouchers of £50 upon completion of the survey.


How do you take part?

If you have not had your viva yet, you should have been sent an email to your Royal Holloway account on 24 March with your unique link to the survey.  If you do not think you received this email, please contact so that it can be re-sent.

The survey should take approx. 15 minutes to complete.  The deadline for completion is  midnight Monday 18 May 2020.


Is the survey confidential?

Yes - data from the survey are held securely and distributed to departments anonymously. No academic has access to any of the data that would identify any individual. 


Why is the survey being opened during the coronavirus pandemic?

This is a national survey which can only be open until mid May.  Although we appreciate that this is an unsettling time for you all, we do not want to miss this invaluable opportunity to gather your feedback.


What happens with the results of the survey?

A report summarising your comments and suggestions will be considered by the Research Degree Programmes Committee in the autumn term and the Director of Postgraduate Research Education for your School will respond to you by email / in person regarding the points raised in this report once this committee has been convened.

The Doctoral School will also closely analyse the results so that the support the Doctoral School provides to the postgraduate research community can be enhanced in light of the feedback received.


Any queries?

Please contact if you have any questions about the survey.

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