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The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience.

The University was ranked ninth out of 103 university institutions for ‘Overall Satisfaction’ with a score of 86% (scoring above the sector average). It was also placed ninth (out of 103) for ‘Supervision’ with a score of 90%. Notably, a significantly greater percentage of students at the University than in the sector were in agreement with the statement: ‘supervisors help me to identify my training and development needs as a researcher’.

The University also performed particularly well with part-time students, where it ranked third out of 85 university institutions for ‘Overall Satisfaction’, and first out of 85 for the area of ‘Research Culture’.

Dr Chris Haslam, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is a really outstanding outcome and everyone involved with the University’s various research activities should be justifiably proud of this sector-wide recognition of what we do here at the University. Our research activities make a positive difference to the life and work of the communities we serve and the experience we offer our research students is really excellent. I’d like to thank all our staff for their commitment and our students for their positive feedback, which enables the University to make continual improvements to their experience.”

Professor Nick Avis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, said: “These are another excellent set of survey results which reflect the strong research environment and academic support for full time and part time postgraduate student studies at Chester. As this year’s results show, we seek to continually improve the postgraduate student experience at Chester in recognition that research students are a critical aspect of the research infrastructure and culture of any university.”

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