Student Experience

The University of Chester takes part in major student surveys which are conducted both nationally and in-house. The main aim is to enhance the whole student experience.

More Information about the Surveys

The First Year Experience Survey (FYES)

The aim of the survey is to assess the academic and social experience of students over the first year of University. This will enable the University management to identify areas of the first year experience that have enhanced students’ academic and social development and those areas that need to be improved to further enhance positive student experience, satisfaction and retention. Read more about the FYES.

The National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey is an independent survey conducted by IPSOS-Mori on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, HEFCE. As such, the survey forms part of the national quality assurance framework for higher education. The National Student Survey focuses on the academic experience of final year undergraduate students over the full period of their programme of study. The questionnaire is sent to all such students in all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England and Wales. The results of the survey are published on the UNISTATS website. Prospective students can use the results of the survey to compare current students’ views of their academic experience on provision at various Higher Education Institutions.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

This survey is for University of Chester students on taught postgraduate courses (e.g. MA/MSc/PGCert/PGCE/PGDip) and forms part of a wider national survey. It is primarily being co-ordinated within the University by the Learning & Teaching Institute. For more information please visit the Graduate school webpage (internal link).

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

The equivalent survey for research students (MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf, EdD), the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), is now also open. Research students eligible to participate in PRES will have received an email from the Graduate School inviting them to participate in PRES and providing them with the URL, username and password they need to log on and complete the survey.

For more information please visit the Graduate school webpage (internal link).