Feedback survey for taught postgraduate students
The Office for Students is considering options for a UK-wide feedback survey for taught postgraduate (PGT) students.
It’s doing this in partnership with the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Scottish funding Council.
The survey would provide PGT students with an equivalent opportunity to comment on their learning experience as undergraduates have through the National Student Survey.
Responses could potentially be used to:
- support providers in improving their provision for taught PGT students
- help prospective postgraduates make decisions about where to study
- increase transparency and public accountability around PGT provision.
In 2015, the UK higher education funding bodies sought feedback on the principle of a national survey of PGT students in a consultation arising from their Review of information about learning and teaching.
Responses to the consultation demonstrated support for development of detailed proposals for a survey.
We are currently carrying out work to develop proposals for how the survey could be run. This has included commissioning research about what is important to taught postgraduate students and holding some informal consultation events.
The UK funding bodies’ Boards will agree in spring 2018 whether to consult formally on proposals for the survey, potentially in autumn 2018.