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Three-quarters of Sussex PhD survey respondents satisfied

Three quarters of PhD students at the University of Sussex are satisfied with their university experience, according to new survey results.

Just over 75 per cent of doctoral researchers who completed the 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) agreed or strongly agreed that they are satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme overall.

The highest levels of satisfaction were seen in relation to supervision and research skills development, whereas research culture and wellbeing showed some scope for improvement. The overall satisfaction level was slightly down on last year, where it stood at 81.4%.

Jayne Aldridge, Director for the Student Experience, said: “Thank you to all doctoral researchers who provided valuable feedback during the survey period.

“All of this data helps us understand what is working well and where changes could be beneficial.”

Directors of Doctoral Studies will be producing and implementing action plans in response to the survey feedback.

In addition, the Doctoral School has launched a consultation to help shape plans for doctoral study at Sussex.

A set of guiding principles for doctoral education at Sussex have already been agreed and endorsed by the University’s Executive Group, with input from student representatives. The Doctoral School is now seeking views on actions that could be taken to deliver the principles.

Up to 30 September, everyone with an interest in postgraduate research at Sussex is invited to contribute to the consultation, especially doctoral researchers, doctoral supervisors and professional services staff.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Planning and Resources Stephen Shute said: “Under the Sussex 2025 Strategic Framework, we have established our Doctoral Principles. These principles set out the vision and aspirations for Doctoral Research at Sussex, and they will be essential to Doctoral Research continuing to be a vital part of our University. We are now consulting on actions to support the Doctoral Principles, and we will use this process to address issues raised in the PRES. I do hope you will take the opportunity to get involved in shaping this important action plan.”

You can share suggestions and ideas by speaking with a postgraduate research rep, filling in a short online form or attending a consultation event. Please visit the Doctoral School website for more information and contact Miles Willey if you have a question.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 9 August 2019

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