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OFS Postgraduate Taught Pilot Survey (PGS)

The Office for Students is launching a new survey for taught postgraduates. The PGS is open from 19 April to 31 May 2022.

UCL is participating in the pilot of the Office for Students’ new nationwide survey for postgraduates on taught programmes. The survey is open from 19 April to 31 May for students in the final year of their postgraduate programme.  

Postgraduates can complete the survey directly at www.thepostgradsurvey.co.uk

Eligible students receive invitations and reminders to complete the survey from Ipsos MORI, who organise the survey on behalf of the Office for Students. Similarly to the National Student Survey (NSS) campaign, eligible students yet to complete the OFS pilot survey can be contacted via email, SMS and reminder phone calls.   

UCL will not take part in the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), and UCL will review the options for future postgraduate surveys. You can review results from previous editions of the PTES (UCL log in required).  

About the Postgraduate Taught Pilot Survey 

The Postgraduate Survey is a new survey from the Office for Students, who also run the National Student Survey.  

Ipsos MORI, an independent survey research agency, manage the PGS on behalf of the Office for Students.  

The survey consists of 28 questions, covering topics including course content, assessment and learning resources, as well as students’ motivations for study.  

Postgraduate students on taught programmes will receive an email invitation to complete the PGS questionnaire online and may also be contacted by SMS messages or telephone calls from Ipsos MORI. Students who have completed the survey will receive no further reminders.  

Frequently asked questions 

Which students are eligible for the Postgraduate Survey? 

The survey is for taught postgraduate students in their final year of study. Students who are expected to complete their programme between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022. This should ensure that students beginning twelve-month courses in September 2021 on a full-time basis will fall into the sample. 

Taught postgraduate programmes include Master’s, PGCE, PGCert and PGDip programmes.  

Students on MRes programmes are not included in the survey.  

How will the results be used?  

Departments will receive programme-level results for programmes that receive at least 10 responses to the Postgraduate Survey. The 10-respondent threshold helps to protect confidentiality.  

Results will help to drive improvements in academic departments and support services across UCL. You can find examples of changes inspired by student feedback on the You Shaped UCL site.  

Results from the survey will not be published externally, but the Office for Students may compile general reports / comments on the landscape of postgraduate education based on the results.  

How can I promote the Postgraduate Survey?  

Survey liaison officers in each department will be issued with a guidance pack on promoting the survey, but other staff can help by spreading the word of the survey and sharing examples of local improvements that have been influenced by previous student feedback.  

Staff may also want to share the survey in weekly newsletters to colleagues and postgraduates and can also encourage Student Reps in their faculty or department to promote it to postgraduates. 

Who can I contact with questions about the survey?  

Please direct any queries to student.engagement@ucl.ac.uk