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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is run by Advance HE and the University participates in the survey on a biennial basis. The overall aim of the survey is to identify areas where improvements can be made and efforts targeted to further enhance research degree programmes.

Survey completion and promotion

PRES 2023 last ran from Monday 6 March to Friday 28 April 2023.  

We find a direct approach from schools/departments/centres works best in encouraging postgraduate research students (PGRs) to complete the survey. We have tips and resources on how best to promote PRES.

PRES 2023 staff guide

PRES 2023 promotional resources

Survey results and analysis

The results of the survey remain confidential to each institution. However, the survey does allow participating institutions to benchmark their results against the aggregate results of all participating Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).

At York, the results of the survey are considered by the York Graduate Research School (YGRS).

Schools and departments are asked to consider the results (with staff and PGRs) and to reflect on these as part of their PGR Annual Review process. This is then reported to the YGRS. 

Further help

For survey queries:

For enquiries under the Data Protection Act or Freedom of Information Act: