We’re keen to make sure postgraduate students have the best possible experience while studying at Aston University. To do that we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better.

We strongly encourage postgraduate taught students to take part in the national Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). The more responses we get, the more we learn about how we can enhance our postgraduate provision. Teaching staff in your College also find the anonymised feedback very useful. Here are the answers to questions often asked about PTES:

What is it?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national survey run in partnership with Advance HE. The results of the survey are used to help the University enhance the student experience of postgraduate students. The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Take the survey

Please check your Aston email account for your unique link to the survey. The survey will be launched on Monday 4th March 2024.

Why should I take part?

If you are an eligible taught postgraduate student, this is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your programme. It is also your opportunity to tell us what you liked about your time here and things you feel could be improved.

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. Around 100 universities and colleges take part in PTES, so we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. The survey is confidential, and the findings are aggregated with other students' responses, so your responses will not be identifiable. We use the findings to improve our courses and the learning experience for future students. At College level, action has been taken to address specific feedback on campus-based and distance learning programmes.

What does it cover?

PTES will ask you about the whole learning experience: teaching and learning, engagement, community, dissertation or major project, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, resources, support and skills development.

What do I need to do?

Please check your Aston email account for your unique link to the survey. The survey will be launched on Monday 4th March 2024.

The survey will close on Thursday 13th June 2024.

Want to know more?

If you are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty, please contact Richard Carter in the Market Research Office.

Thank you

As a ‘thank you’ for taking part, you will be automatically entered into a prize where you will have the chance of winning one of two top prizes of £150 in cash, or one of ten £10 Amazon vouchers.