Research Students give the University of Northampton the thumbs up!

Date 31.07.2019

The University of Northampton’s growing reputation for postgraduate research has been heralded by students in the most recent postgraduate research student satisfaction rankings.

Positive feedback from its students in the Postgraduate Research Experience growing reputation for postgraduate research has been heralded by students in the most recent postgraduate research student satisfaction Survey (PRES) saw the University exceed the sector averages in the survey’s categories. The University saw its highest scoring categories being 91% satisfied with progression – which ranks the University 2nd in the UK for their support for students to progress and 90% satisfaction with Research Skills.

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only UK Higher Education sector-wide survey to get feedback from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience.

David Watson, Postgraduate Research Manager, at the University of Northampton, said: “I am delighted by the PRES results. Through the University’s Graduate School, we work very hard to provide our research students with the best possible support to succeed with their chosen field of study. At Northampton our approach is quite special, as we have a centralised support system for postgraduate research students, which gives consistency, a focus for our PGR community and that vital support to students. We work closely with our colleagues in Faculties and Departments to give our research students the best chances of succeeding.

“I am glad our research students have rated us so highly yet again; their feedback demonstrates that the evolution of postgraduate study at Northampton is paying dividends and that it has our students at the heart of it. We have invested heavily in the physical resources for research students and have a fantastic dedicated space within the Senate building on campus. For the first time, the Students’ Union now has a post specifically focusing on representation for the Postgraduate Research community.”

Anthony Stepniak, Research Student Officer for the Students’ Union and PhD Student, said: “The University of Northampton, through the Graduate School, provides a diverse postgraduate research experience, where both research skills and professional development are enhanced, encouraged and celebrated. I’m working closely with the Graduate School and staff across the University, to develop our excellent research culture and facilities. It is an exciting time to be a postgraduate researcher at the University of Northampton and I feel honoured to be able to represent our growing research student community.”

Find out more about the survey on the Advance HE Website.