About the Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ)

In 2002 the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) began collecting data for The University community on research higher degree graduates' perceptions of their research training experiences. These data are gathered each year using a national survey specifically developed for this task, the "Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire" (PREQ). The purpose of the PREQ is to provide the University community with a basis for strategic, faculty level academic development and curriculum review to further enhance the quality of research higher degrees. The PREQ also provides data for benchmarking between similar programmes in different universities.  

The survey gathers data on students' perceptions of the quality and frequency of supervision, intellectual and social climate, infrastructure, approaches to research, quality of thesis examination, and generic skills development in their research higher degree. The ITL analyses these data and provides a range of reports to staff and students of the university through this web site. Background information and resources to support staff in interpreting and acting upon the PREQ results, can all be found on this web site. It is important to note that, because of the relatively small number of research higher degree graduates in any year, the number of respondents for a given year and faculty are often low. For this reason, the ITL also runs an annual survey of currently enrolled research higher degree students, the Student Research Experience Questionnaire (SREQ).

The ITL works closely with the SEG Research Training Committee to consider how the faculties might make the best use of such evaluation and quality assurance data. The ITL also collaborates with faculties to arrange follow-up sessions on the PREQ and SREQ on request. Such events work best if they are open to all staff and students of the faculty and are intended to stimulate debate and discussion on improving the experience of research higher degrees based on the PREQ and SREQ results. The PREQ and SREQ data can also be used by faculties in the development of their annual research plans and in developing teaching/supervision grant applications. Staff of the ITL are available to provide support to faculties in the interpretation of the PREQ and SREQ data and the development of strategic responses to address any issues identified. Please contact Brad Ridout.