Initial responses to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) position Edge Hill University in the top 10 for employability and retention as well as in the top 25 per cent for assessment.
The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience. Results for PhD students at Edge Hill show the University as the 3rd highest ranking for retention, and 8th highest for employability.
Commenting on the results, Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), said:
“The PRES survey is one of many indicators that research at Edge Hill is continuing on its steep upward trajectory. In recent years the number of PhD students has increased significantly, many on our Graduate Teaching Assistant scheme which provides valuable teaching experience alongside research studies. These students are part of a thriving research culture characterised by rigorous intellectual enquiry into issues that have an impact on society – an excellent basis for career progression.”
Detailed results from the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey will be published in September.
- 82 per cent of Edge Hill University Graduate Teaching Assistants have secured academic posts within months of completing their doctorates, against a sector benchmark of 38%, with a further 9% securing professional positions in their chosen fields. Others acquired academic posts before graduating (Vitae What do researchers do? Early career progression of doctoral graduates 2013).
- The recently-published Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2016/17 shows 100 per cent of Edge Hill University Graduate School leavers are in employment or studying after six months.