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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.

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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.

See the event materials and webinar

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. 

Page last updated 12 January 2018

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