Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

What is PRES?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey or PRES is a national survey of postgraduate research students organised by the Advance HE (formally the Higher Education Academy- HEA): it's a chance for YOU to tell US what is and isn't working.

The 2019 PRES survey will open on Monday 25th March until Monday 13th May 2019.

Why should I take part in PRES?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a national survey co-ordinated by the Advance HE (formally the Higher Education Academy). Your responses are vital in helping us understand what we are doing well and what we can do better to improve the experiences of Research Postgraduate Students at the University of Exeter. We will use the results to identify areas where improvements could be made, both within the University of Exeter and nationally, to the experience of Research Postgraduate degree students. A high response rate will help us make the strongest possible case for changes as it enables us to demonstrate that a high proportion of our research community have spoken. 

How do I take part?

The survey is an online questionnaire and you should be able to complete it in 15 minutes or less. As a postgraduate research student you will receive an email from the Dean of the Doctoral College inviting you to complete the survey; this email will include a unique URL link to the survey. Please note that all responses will be kept confidential and any identifying information will be removed by the survey team before the results of the survey are disseminated.

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or haven’t received your survey URL link, please contact the Doctoral College at Any students who do not complete the survey within the first couple of weeks may receive further reminders.