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In PRES 2017, 87% of respondents reported that they were satisfied with their programme, which compares very well to other universities in the sector. This was from a strong response rate of 58%.

Where possible the PRES 2017 data was triangulated with other sources of information about postgraduate researcher satisfaction, such as the free text comments submitted by postgraduate researchers as part of their annual progress review.

Here are key examples of actions being taken at University level in response to feedback from PRES 2017. Graduate School action plans have also been produced which cover many more detailed actions at School, Institute and/or Graduate School level. These have been discussed and shared with Graduate School Student Forums and postgraduate researchers within Schools and Institutes.


  • Continued very high compliance of supervisors attending training every three years
  • Funding secured as part of Courage Wellbeing Project to develop specific training for supervisors and PGR Directors around mental health and wellbeing: identifying concerns and signposting
  • First pilot running of a module on research supervision as part of the MA in Higher Education Practice programme that all probationary UEA staff members are required to take


  • UEA Plan for 2016-20 acknowledged need for PGR space in new academic buildings and in the refurbishment of the Lasdun Academic Wall; student consultation ongoing in HUM and SSF
  • Funding secured for development of additional training and social study space in the Doctoral College Study Centre in Constable Terrace, to be fully open and launched in March 2019
  • Continued dialogue with UEA Library and IT to ensure facilities meet PGR student needs: pilot undertaken to assist postgraduate researchers installing and managing specialist software

Research Culture, Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Funding secured as part of Courage Wellbeing Project to improve research community: focus groups held in spring 2018 and placement students starting in early 2019
  • Other Courage-funded actions include low-level sport, resilience training and related research
  • Postgraduate researchers can now maintain their own webpage via PURE as of October 2018
  • Maintaining and increasing discipline-specific seminar programmes and community activities that maximise opportunities for postgraduate researcher participation
  • Schools encouraged to identify and publicise small grant schemes to support visits/conferences

Progress and Assessment

  • Doctoral Training and Employability Group set up in May 2018 will help to coordinate registration and induction planning to avoid duplication of content
  • Doctor of Education, Doctor of Medicine and PhD by Publication courses reviewed


  • Funding secured as part of Courage Wellbeing Project to explore options around postgraduate researcher support including advising from within and outside the supervisory team
  • Improvements made to PGR Service website to clarify how to raise concerns around harassment
  • Contact details for School and Institute PGR Directors added to PGR Service website

Research Skills, Professional Development and Teaching

  • Funding secured as part of Courage Wellbeing Project to develop an Associate Tutor support network; working group set up to explore future for CSED Developing Teaching Skills module
  • Leaflet produced to explain what PGR Associate Tutors should expect from Schools
  • Increased scope of supervisory training to include how to help postgraduate researchers develop a personal development plan aligned with their doctoral training pathway