PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey)
What is PTES?
PTES is the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, a sector-wide online survey through which the University can collect feedback from current students on their experience as a Postgraduate Taught student here
at Lancaster. This is the fifth time the survey has been run and it will remain open until 17th June 2013. All taught students at Lancaster are eligible to take part and are encouraged to do so.
What happens? How does it work?
PTES takes the form of an online questionnaire, using the Bristol Online Survey (BOS) system.
The PTES questionnaire template is provided by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It takes 15-20 minutes to complete online, and comprises of a standard set of questions that
seek feedback on all aspects of your experience at Lancaster.
The results will be analysed and presented back to the University by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Institutions can compare themselves
to the rest of the sector. A summary report by the HEA will be published on the PTES website; however it will be based on aggregate scores
for the sector as a whole and identifiable institutions' results will not be published. There will be no league tables based on PTES results.
What topics are covered in the survey?
The questions cover a range of areas from quality of teaching, skills and personal development to questions for specific groups such as
distance learners and international students. The questions also explore your motivations for undertaking study at Lancaster.
How will it be used?
The results are communicated by the Dean of Graduate Studies and through the faculty postgraduate committees, and through
the Graduate School Forum. The results will be able to show the issues of concern at both faculty and department levels.
Why is PTES important?
PTES is of great importance to the University as it allows us to capture feedback from PGT students on the quality of their experience
here at Lancaster. The anonymous nature of the survey means that students can be honest about their experience without fear of reprisal,
and this will help us to identify areas of success as well as areas where further development is required.
The contact here at Lancaster is James Heard in the Student Registry