PRES 2019 – Your feedback matters

What is PRES?

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a national survey of postgraduate researchers in the UK which gives you the opportunity to share your experiences of doing a research degree. It is the UK’s primary national survey of postgraduate researchers and the only way for the University to benchmark how we are doing against other universities. The survey has led to changes and improvements in the postgraduate research student experience at Surrey so it is important that you make your voice heard.

Why should I take part?

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, is vital to the continued improvement of PGR experience in each department, and as a thank you for taking part we’re offering a £5 Amazon e-voucher*. Don’t just take our word for it though, Professor David Sampson (Vice-Provost, Research and Innovation) has written a personal blog about why PRES is so important.

Your comments from PRES over the years have made a difference. In the past year based on your feedback we have:

  • Increased resource and staffing to support PGR specific employability and careers needs
  • Supported interdisciplinary research culture through the ‘Building Research Communities’ competition
  • Recruited a Teaching Fellow specifically for Academic Writing to help PGRs one-to-one
  • Enabled each department to create a tailored action plans to address specific local PGR issues

To complete the survey you will need to click on the personalised link in the email sent to your university account. If you haven’t received an email, or any of the reminders, just let us know at and we’ll send it over to you.

*Your reward will be sent to your University email if you add this information during the survey. The email may take a few days to be sent through.