High levels of satisfaction
PRES 2015 had a 54% response rate, a considerable improvement upon previous years.
The headline results of this survey showed that 81% of PGR students at King’s felt their experience met or exceeded their expectations. This figure is broadly similar to the results of the PRES 2013 survey.
Since supervision is at the heart of the doctoral experience, it was also very pleasing to note that 92% of doctoral students thought their supervisor had the necessary skills and knowledge to support their research. Students also recorded above average satisfaction with how to identify training and development needs, understanding requirements and deadlines, assessment procedures, awareness of supervisory responsibilities, understanding research integrity and confidence of completing on time.
Since 2013, there have been improvements in levels of satisfaction with: workspace, library resources, access to specialist resources, opportunities to engage with the research community outside your department, induction, understanding of research integrity, agreeing a personal development plan, training to develop research skills, training to develop transferable skills, careers advice, opportunities to deliver conference papers and opportunities to publish.
Issues to address
Issues raised in this survey related to access to workspace, computing facilities, access to specialist resources, departmental seminar programmes, and Faculty and departmental research atmosphere.
Following the survey, the Centre for Doctoral Studies produced thematic reports on workspace, IT and libraries and also circulated the data to faculties for their consideration and action planning.
At a university level, your feedback has allowed us to deliver two new postgraduate research (PGR) workrooms on the Strand for Arts and Humanities and SSPP, and also to launch the new Centre for Doctoral Studies initiative that offers £10k of funding for student-led research societies. Postgraduate researchers are also fully involved in the discussions around how the new space in Bush House will be configured when academic departments move there.
You can read a summary of actions taken by the Centre for Doctoral Studies.
At a local level, each faculty has produced an Action Plan and a summary of these can be found here.