PRES: Chance for Sussex PGRs to have their say

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HEA and US logos for PRESPostgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

Have your say and receive a £5 food voucher

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey gives you a chance to share your views on what it’s like to do a research degree at Sussex. We need to know what you think works well and what we could do better, and this is your opportunity to tell us!

Why is it important?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is the only national survey of postgraduate research students and so the only way for us to compare how we are doing against the national average, and to make changes that will improve your experience in the future.

The survey asks you about things like supervision, resources, research culture, progress and assessment, responsibilities, research skills, professional development, opportunities and overall experience.

However, robust results depend upon a high response.  Your participation is therefore very important and your time is greatly appreciated.

How do I take part?

You can complete the survey at:

As a thank you for your time, everyone who completes the survey will receive a £5 food voucher to spend on campus (instructions on how to claim your voucher appear at the end of the survey!)

The survey is open until 16th May 2013, and all responses are anonymous.

What happens to the results?

Survey results will be disseminated to the Doctoral School Committee (whose remit is to oversee the delivery of provision for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff, including their educational and career development) and Directors of Doctoral Studies within each School. Collective responses about the need for improvement will help the university to work to make things better.

We hope you will take this opportunity to help us enhance the experiences of current and future research students

Who should I contact for further information?

Helen Hampson, Researcher Development Officer (TLDU) is coordinating the survey. Please contact her for further information at


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