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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2017

Please tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student and help raise money for Claire House Hospice.

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey at Liverpool John Moores University is now open. The survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a postgraduate researcher.

Feedback is vital to the University and your department. It lets us know how your programme of research is going and allows us to compare how we are doing against the experience of PGRs at other institutions, helping us make changes that will improve the experience for research postgraduates in the future. All your responses will be confidential and any reporting will be anonymous.

In the last survey (2015) there was a strong engagement from postgraduate researchers and we saw high levels of satisfaction across the scales. However, your feedback and comments have also helped us to improve researcher support and training opportunities since 2015. We welcome your continued engagement with this important survey.

For every survey completed the University will donate £1 to Claire House Children’s Hospice. When combined with money raised through national undergraduate and taught postgraduate surveys, LJMU hopes to be able to donate around £10,000 to this local charity which helps seriously ill children and their families.

As a thank you for your time, there will also be a prize of £500 to spend on PGR activities awarded to the Faculty with the best response rate.

To complete the survey, look out for an email from Victoria Sheppard in the Doctoral Academy, containing your unique link to the online form.

Please complete the survey by 18 May 2017.

Take a look at the FAQs below to find out more or contact Victoria Sheppard in the Graduate School.

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Frequently asked questions

What is it?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is a national survey of postgraduate research students inviting them to comment on their experience. The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is the chance for research postgraduates to feedback on their experience. We need to know what postgraduates think so we can address issues and keep doing what is valued. It is an opportunity to say what went well and what could have been improved. This will help improve the experience of students like you in the future.

For every survey completed the University will donate £1 to Claire House Children’s Hospice. When combined with money raised through national undergraduate and taught postgraduate surveys, LJMU hopes to be able to donate around £10,000 to this local charity which helps seriously ill children and their families.

There will also be a prize of £500 awarded to the Faculty with the highest response rate to spend on events and activities for PGRs.

What does it cover?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey focuses on students’ experiences including:

  • supervision experiences
  • resources
  • research culture
  • progress and assessment 
  • research skills
  • professional development
  • opportunities

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. Over one hundred universities and colleges take part. This means we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. We use the findings to improve the learning experience for future students.

Is it anonymous?

The survey is anonymous and no one will be able to identify you from any results. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire on 5 April 2017. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. The link is unique to you and has been pre-populated with data such as your age, research programme and subject area, to make it even quicker to complete. The survey is open until 18 May 2017.

Where can I find out more?

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please contact Victoria Sheppard in the Doctoral Academy by email: v.m.sheppard@ljmu.ac.uk or tel: 0151 904 6478.