National survey for postgraduate taught (PGT) students
Initial consultation events: Developing a feedback survey for taught postgraduates
The four UK HE funding bodies held two events in September 2017 and a webinar in October to seek early views from the sector on aspects of a national feedback survey for taught postgraduate students.
HEFCE and the other UK funding bodies are developing proposals for a new national survey for PGT students.
Changes in funding for postgraduate students, in particular the introduction of master’s loans, and the wider HE context have increased interest in giving PGT students the same opportunity as undergraduates to feed back on their experience. Responses to the Review of Information consultation in 2016 showed sector support for proposals to be developed and the funding bodies are now taking forward this work.
We are now developing and testing a proposed survey instrument, and will carry out further engagement with students and the sector around this, as well as developing proposals for survey delivery. This will potentially be followed by a formal consultation later in 2018, subject to the relevant Board agreement, and a pilot in 2019-20.
The work is overseen by the Postgraduate Information Steering Group (PGISG). It is informed by previous research and input from a range of stakeholders, as well as current research into what a survey of taught postgraduate students should look like.