Brain Sciences


Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2020 results unveiled

5 November 2020

The Faculty of Brain Sciences has achieved record results in the annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).

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The PTES is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience. It focuses on engagement, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, resources and services and skills development.

The 2020 results reveal widespread satisfaction across all Faculty divisions, with Brain Sciences achieving the highest satisfaction rates overall (i.e. 88.1%) of any Faculty at UCL. The results also show a seven per cent increase from last year in taught postgraduate student satisfaction across the Faculty.

Faculty Dean Professor Alan Thompson said: “We are delighted that so many of our students took the time to provide feedback and we are thrilled that they rate their learning experience within our Faculty so highly. More so than ever in these challenging times, it is very encouraging to see such positive results – a true reflection of the hard work put in by all our staff members in the engagement of our students. Well done and thank you.”

The Division of Psychiatry, in particular, achieved outstanding results, scoring a 93 per cent overall satisfaction rate, second only to one other UCL department.

Professor Glyn Lewis Director of the Division of Psychiatry: “These are great results for the Division of Psychiatry. Congratulations to Professor Sonia Johnson, the MSc team, module leads and lecturers who have responded with energy and imagination to the unprecedented challenges of the lockdown. This has been a team effort involving almost everyone in the Division. It is reassuring to see that our commitment to postgraduate education is appreciated by the students.”

Overall satisfaction at UCL remained the same as last year at 79.7%, which is a notable achievement considering the unprecedented circumstances due to Covid-19.