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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey: PTES

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey: PTES

For postgraduate taught students around the world.

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About PTES

The annual PTES normally runs from February to June and asks postgraduate taught students in universities across the United Kingdom about their course and their learning experiences. In 2019/20 the PTES will run from Monday 19 April to Thursday 17 June 2021.

PTES results are available on the Planning Office website.

What does it ask about?

The survey includes questions about how you chose your programme of study, and your experience of the programme and dissertation or project. It also asks about the whole student learning experience, including:

  • teaching and learning
  • engagement
  • assessment and feedback, including supervisor support for dissertation (or major project)
  • organisation and management
  • skills development
  • overall satisfaction and motivation for taking the programme

Who is eligible to take part?

Eligible students include all full-time and most part-time UK, EU, and international PGT students studying a programme of at least 60 credits, the greater part of which is at M level at all campuses; i.e., Newcastle, NU Medicine Malaysia, NU International Singapore, and NU London, including eLearning students. The University excludes all first year part-time students from the PTES, except when they are on a programme that is one year part-time only (e.g., PG Certificates). It also excludes students who are studying a single module only; e.g., CPD and occasional students. The PTES population includes study abroad and exchange students.

How do I take part?

PTES will run from Monday 19 April to Thursday 17 June 2021. The survey must be completed online, using PCs or mobile devices. If you are eligible to complete the survey, you will receive an email with a personalised link to the survey.

What happens to my responses?

Your responses are anonymous and are collected by the Advance HE. All the responses are aggregated to produce an overall national report, published on the Advanced HE website. The responses from students at each participating university also are aggregated into a confidential report for that institution. Our previous year’s PTES results are available on the Planning Office website.

The quantitative results are discussed at relevant Boards of Studies and Student-Staff Committees. Academic Units respond to feedback with action plans, identifying any agreed actions, timescales for implementation, and who is responsible for each action.

Why should I take part?

As well as the importance of providing feedback, taking part in the PTES is an opportunity to win a prize!  We will also be running a prize draw, every eligible student who completes the survey before the closing date will able to win one of 15 e-vouchers.  There are 5x £100 vouchers to win, as well as 10x £50. Winners will be notified by email after the survey closes. There will be also be a charity donation per survey completed in the first three weeks. 

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