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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The University will be taking part in Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2022.

The survey is now closed. Thank you to all those that took part.

About the survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey or PTES is a national survey of postgraduate taught students and invites you to comment on your experience. PTES is for Postgraduate Taught students at the University of Warwick. The survey is open to both full time and part time students. Thanks to your feedback we have been able to make a number of enhancements and will keep you updated as we continue to do so.

How do I access the Survey?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete.

What happens to the results?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your course. The results are used both departmentally and institutionally, to identify areas for celebration and where more work needs to be done to improve the student experience. They allow us to benchmark ourselves against the Sector and other Russell Group Universities to see how we compare for student experience. This survey is not associated with Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and does not feed into league tables.

Following the release of the results, departments will participate in an action planning activity alongside their students, enabling them to contribute to the continuous enhancement of the PGT experience at Warwick using all forms of student feedback.

PTES Incentives

We will be offering incentives for PTES for the first time this year to encourage a healthy (and representative) response rate across all departments. The University is using a prize draw for digital Love2Shop vouchers that can be spent online in a range of outlets. There will also be two prizes of £500 and fifty prizes of £20 each.

What does it cover?

PTES concentrates on your course and includes:

  • The experience of teaching and learning, including: staff, learning materials, working with other students;
  • Engagement and course challenge;
  • Assessment and feedback, including supervisor support for dissertation or major project;
  • Organisation and management, including induction and involvement in course decisions;
  • Resources, including learning resources;
  • Skills development, including independent learning, research skills and career skills;
  • Overall satisfaction

It will also include a few extra questions about issues that are particularly relevant to us and to students at Warwick.

Is it anonymous?

Your survey response is confidential to the team processing the results and no reporting outside of this team will identify any individual. Any results communicated to teaching staff will be anonymised.

The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

Why are some questions not relevant to my course?

Some of the questions may not feel relevant to your course or your experience of university. For these, you can either skip to the next question or you can explain in the open comments box that this question is not relevant to your course.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire on Monday 14 March 2022. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. Alternatively, you can access it here: https://warwick.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/warwickptes.

Please note that the survey is now closed for 2022.

Headlines results for PTES 2022

2286 Postgraduate Taught students at Warwick responded to the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES 2022). The overall satisfaction for PTES 2022 was 84.1%, the table below shows positive results generally across the various sections of the survey, Departments have now recieved headline data alongside open comments and a fuller analysis will follow late in the Autumn to support departments with initial reflections and ahead of the next cohort delivery.

The provider specific question response is not as high as we would have liked it, but it reflects what we already largely know that much more work is needed to improve PGT student experience. Students were asked to rate the statement: ‘I feel part of a postgraduate student University community’. A number of projects are in-train to improve experiences, many allied to the work in response to the NSS 2021 results where conclusions focused on the importance of rebuilding and strengthening the student-staff community.

Survey satisfaction

Definitely agree

Mostly agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Mostly Disagree

Definitely disagree

Teaching and Learning

46.1%

38.8%

9.5%

3.5%

1.8%

Engagement

44.4%

36.6%

11.6%

4.6%

2.4%

Assessment and Feedback

40.3%

37.8%

13.4%

5.2%

2.8%

Organisation and Management

39.7%

37.6%

12.8%

5.8%

3.3%

Resources

42.7%

37.7%

11.9%

4.7%

2.6%

Dissertation or Major Project

33.3%

25.9%

9.6%

2.6%

1.1%

Skills Development

44.3%

36.7%

12.8%

3.6%

1.9%

Provider Specific

31.3%

36.0%

20.3%

8.4%

3.4%

Overall satisfaction

41.2%

42.9%

9.5%

3.8%

2.3%

hea_surveys_logos_ptes_-_colour...pngYou can find out more about the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) at Advance HE.