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24 September 2013

Cardiff University postgraduate students are more satisfied with their experience than their counterparts at other UK Universities, according to the latest results of the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

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Conducted biennially, the PRES asks postgraduate researchers in all years of study to rate their university experience in a variety of areas including supervision, resources, research culture and professional development.

This year’s survey found 86% per cent of Cardiff University research students ‘definitely agree’ or ‘mostly agree’ that they are satisfied with their overall experience – significantly higher than the UK response of 82%.  Cardiff respondents were at least as satisfied as UK respondents in all areas and were significantly more satisfied with the research culture and resources available at Cardiff.

Prof Terry Marsden, Dean of the University Graduate College (UGC), commented:  "We are pleased that students rate the research environment at Cardiff so positively.  There is still room for improvement and the UGC will be working with researchers and their supervisors to enhance further the research experience."

PTES is run annually and has a different question set than PRES, covering teaching and learning, assessment and feedback, personal development, and career and professional development.  Here, satisfaction is expressed as the percentage of those whose expectations were met or exceeded – 92% of Cardiff students said that their expectations were met or exceeded overall compared to 88% UK-wide while almost 8 in 10 Cardiff students said their expectations were exceeded. In particular, Cardiff respondents were significantly more satisfied with Teaching and Learning and Career & Professional Development aspects.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience & Academic Standards, Professor Patricia Price said: "These PTES results are a reflection of the great partnership we have with students and the dedication of staff at Cardiff University to supporting students so that get the best out of their time with us."

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