Another year, another survey. But wait, what’s this? It’s the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey! The PTES is ready and waiting to be taken by you all between now and Friday 17 June. Having recently completed it myself, I’m here to guide you through what the PTES does and why it is the perfect platform to express your views on how this year has been and what could be improved for the ones to come.
Are you a final year postgraduate taught student? If so, this survey wants to know how that feels! In brief, the PTES is run by King’s in partnership with Advance HE, and it’s an opportunity for us PGT students to reflect on and review our year of learning. If you have ideas about what could be done differently or feel that some things work wonderfully just as they are, then this is the survey for you. Plus, so much good will come from your participation in the PTES. You will be enhancing the PGT experience whilst also providing support beyond the King’s community as each completed survey will see King’s donate £1 to Centrepoint, a charity for young people experiencing homelessness.
Like what you see? Well keep reading! The PTES is generally thought to take around fifteen minutes and I would say this is entirely plausible. The survey itself consists of straightforward tick boxes to gauge our initial responses to the statements provided. I was particularly impressed by the wide range of categories, including accessing support and developing skills, because this seemed to illustrate that King’s are genuinely encouraging feedback on all aspects of our student experience. Once you’ve shared your general thoughts, there is a space at the end of each page inviting any further comments. The added bonus here is that there is room for more than just one sentence of your thoughts – I should know, I made use of it! – so you can write freely to your heart’s content.