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Doctoral College thanks students for sharing feedback in recent survey

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a national survey conducted by institutions across the UK, which Loughborough conducts bi-annually.

Over 58% of Loughborough University’s Doctoral Researchers participated in the 2021 survey, providing feedback about what they have enjoyed and where they feel things can be improved. 

This year, the results showed that Loughborough placed 5th in the UK for access to physical resources and facilities. Doctoral Researchers specialising in Geography and the Built Environment* reported an overall satisfaction of 89%, which was significantly higher than many other Universities that took part. 

Furthermore, the Overall Satisfaction rating for the institution was 3% higher than that of the Russell Group.

For areas to be improved upon, feedback suggested more opportunities to build their research skills could be offered. 

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Doctoral College, Professor Elizabeth Peel said: “Thank you to all of our Doctoral Researchers who took the time to complete this year’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. We always value your input, and no one knows the experience better than you. 

“We’re delighted to hear the highlights of your experience, including our physical facilities and resources – which we know have been crucial to many of you since the pandemic began – and also look forward to updating you on the areas that you have identified could be improved upon.”

Emma Walton, Director of Library Services added: “Keeping our building open during the pandemic enabled us to provide a vital physical space and access to print resources for our users, including our postgraduate research community. Receiving this excellent result in the PRES for our provision, together with the resources and support we offer online, is really appreciated.”


*Please note these stats will include some Doctoral Researchers based in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.