Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

We’re keen to make sure our postgraduate students have the best possible experience while studying at Westminster. To do that we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better. If you’re thinking about taking part this year, these are the answers to some of the questions students often ask:

What is the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey or PTES is a national survey of postgraduate Taught students inviting them to comment on their course and experience. 

The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete. 

Who is eligible to take part?

To be eligible, postgraduate taught students must be fully enrolled:

  • Full-time students, who started their course in September 2017 or January 2018
  • Part-time students in their second year, who started their course in September 2016 or January 2017

Students are not eligible to complete the survey if they are:

  • Overseas campus students (non-UK based) and UK franchise
  • Not studying a programme of at least 60 credits, the greater part of which is at M level and taught (HEA requirement)
  • Not fully enrolled

How can I take part?

All eligible students will receive an email containing a unique link to the survey.

Alternatively, you can complete the survey now.

  • Username: Student ID [using format: W1234567]
  • Password: PTES2018

Note: Username & Password are case sensitive

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your course. The results help us compare how we are doing with other institutions, to make changes that will improve what we do in future and to keep doing the things that you value. This will help improve the experience of students like you in the future. 

If you complete the PTES by Friday 13 April, to say thank you for your early participation the University is offering each eligible student a £10 Amazon gift card or you can make a £10 donation to the Hardship Fund. 

To receive your gift card you’ll need to present your completion confirmation email using a mobile device or a printed copy at your local University campus library counter. 

What does it cover?

PTES concentrates on your course and includes: 

  • motivations for taking the course;
  • information you were given to help choose your course;
  • your experience of teaching and learning;
  • the organisation of your course;
  • assessment and dissertation (or major project);
  • career development. 

It will also include a few extra questions about issues that are particularly relevant to us and to students at Westminster. 

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. Over one hundred universities and colleges take part. This means we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. We use the findings to improve our courses and the learning experience for future students. 

Is the survey confidential?

The survey is confidential and no-one will be able to identify you from any results which are reported anonymously. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff. Read further details on how we use your personal information.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire on 12 March 2018. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. The survey is open until 27 April 2018.

Where can I find out more?

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please see your course leader, or contact Wayne Clark, in Planning and Performance, by email: [email protected].

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