The OU has been ranked sixth globally out of 89 higher education institutions for overall postgraduate research student satisfaction in the national survey of research students announced on 4 November 2021.
According to the national Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey (PRES) 2021, which asked OU PhD and Professional Doctorate students about their research degree programme experience, including supervision, resources, culture, progression, responsibilities and professional development, we performed as follows:
Professor Lindsay O'Dell, OU Graduate School Director, said:
“We recognise moving to distance learning was challenging for many of our postgraduate community, who traditionally enjoy the OU’s dynamic on-campus research environment. However, we moved quickly to draw on the University’s pioneering expertise in distance learning to create additional digital resources and seminar series to help our postgraduate researchers through the transition. We also introduced funding extensions for those whose research the pandemic directly impacted, held virtual inductions, including an online welcome from the Mayor of Milton Keynes and sent tea and cake to postgraduate research students’ homes.
“We’re very pleased with this overall result and in particular to see our postgraduate community valued these actions and that they helped them feel supported during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our focus now is rebuilding our full-time postgraduate researchers’ on-campus experience, while continuing to support the online communities which developed during the past year.”
This success follows the OU’s rise in the National Student Survey when it was ranked third amongst 174 participating degree-awarding universities.