Centre for Learning and Teaching

Doctoral students’ national survey results

Tue Jul 25 00:01:00 BST 2017


The number of postgraduate research students at the University saying they were satisfied overall was 85%, up from 82% in 2015.

Many departments achieved outstanding results with five scoring 90% or higher for overall satisfaction:

  • Chemistry 96%
  • Computer Science 93%
  • Chemical Engineering 91%
  • Health 91%
  • Psychology 91%

The top two highest scoring individual questions were:

  • My supervisor/s have the skills and subject knowledge to support my research – 95%
  • My skills in applying appropriate research methodologies, tools and techniques have developed during my programme – 92%

The satisfaction rating for the Students’ Union and Postgraduate Association was 84% and 81% respectively.

A record 849 researchers completed the questionnaire, with the response rate rising from 54% to 61% and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering achieving an unprecedented 100% response.

Professor Jonathon Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) said: “I am very pleased that our focus on ensuring our postgraduate research students have the best possible experience here at Bath is reflected in student satisfaction rates.

“Further enhancing doctoral students’ experience is a core element of our new University strategy. Last year’s changes to induction process, the introduction of the University Handbook and enhancements to the Research Culture were well received according to feedback in the survey.

“We will be working hard in partnership with the Students’ Union to respond to students’ needs.  The imminent launch of our new Doctoral College will provide a strong platform from which we will continue to innovate and improve our doctoral provision throughout the coming year.  Some of the key issues we will be working on include research culture, skills training and support for doctoral students who teach.”

Liam Emery, Postgraduate Officer, Students’ Union, said:

“We’re pleased to see excellent satisfaction scores from our doctoral student body towards the Students’ Union and our Postgraduate Association.”

“The provision for doctoral students’ is a key part of our strategy moving forwards, ensuring we have services that are tailored to their specific needs that are offered throughout the whole academic year. The Postgraduate Association have taken huge strides over the last year to provide services and opportunities for doctoral students’. The introduction of a Postgraduate Students’ Union Officer has ensured that doctoral students’ needs are at the forefront of all of our future planning. We are looking forward to working hard over the coming year to ensure the high expectations of the Students’ Union are consistently met, as we continue to develop the doctoral student experience.”

For the full results visit the PRES 2017 Student Data Archive.


For more information and support interpreting and analysing the results please contact the Student Engagement Team, Centre for Learning and Teaching