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Published: 12 July 2018

Surrey ranked 7th in Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The University of Surrey has been ranked 7th in the UK in the AdvanceHE Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

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AdvanceHE ranked the University of Surrey 7th in the UK for overall satisfaction and 4th for retention out of 66 other UK institutions. PRES is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience. The survey focuses on a range of student experiences including supervision, resources, research community, progress and assessment and skills and professional development.

David Sampson
Professor David Sampson

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost, Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “Being ranked 7th in the PRES is an outstanding result for us, and only 18 months after the Doctoral College was established! We will work to continue to improve all areas of our research and innovation ecosystem in support of Surrey’s postgraduate research students, their experience and employability prospects.” 

PRES is the UK’s primary national survey of postgraduate research students and the best way for the University of Surrey to benchmark how we are doing against other universities. The results from the survey has led to changes and improvements in the postgraduate research student experience at Surrey, so it is an important ranking for us to consider. Recent changes include a Building Research Communities competition to encourage grass-roots initiatives to strengthen the research community, expanded research skills training, improved induction programmes and systems and more careers support.

Professor Chris France, Director of the Doctoral College, said: “This is a great result for the University of Surrey. The Doctoral College has worked incredibly hard in its first year and a half to ensure there have been positive changes in the pipeline for our postgraduate research population. These changes will help the University to sustain and improve on this ranking year by year, enabling Surrey to become a destination of choice for postgraduate talent.”

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