Published: 1 May 2014

Postgraduate students have their say


Postgraduate taught (masters) students are being given the opportunity to share their views about their experience at University in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).

Students who complete the survey will receive £3 in FREE print credits to say thank you for completing the survey.

PTES is the only national survey to evaluate taught postgraduate students’ experience of their programme at University and last year more than 58,000 students from almost 90 institutions took part.

Students who are eligible to take part are asked to give their opinion on a number of areas including teaching and learning, assessment and feedback, resources and services.

The feedback is used to help identify areas for improvement  in the taught postgraduate experience both at individual institutions, and nationally.

The survey opened on Monday, 28 April and will run until Thursday, 19 June. All eligible students have received an invitation to their University email account giving details about how to take part. All the information provided remains confidential and the anonymised results of the survey will be made available in the autumn.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience Professor Kelvin Everest said: “The PTES is an extremely important survey. The data provides valuable feedback about the postgraduate student experience which we can use to guide improvements and address specific issues.”

You can find out more about improvements which have been made based on previous years’ feedback by looking at ‘student feedback’ stories on Student News.

For further information about the survey, please contact the Student Opinion Team at or visit


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2 thoughts on “Postgraduate students have their say

  1. Ste Smith

    What will the University be doing to promote the PTES? Will they be putting in as much effort as they did with encouraging final year undergraduates to fill out the NSS?

    1. Joanna (Administrator) Post author

      Thanks for your comment Ste. We use a number of methods to promote both the NSS and the PTES including email reminders to eligible students, digital pop-ups, posters, leaflets, news stories on the Student News site and of course social media. Staff are also encouraged to remind students to have their say. If you’d like to discuss the promotion of either survey in more detail please contact or

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