Satisfaction on the rise for research students

Tuesday, 09 February 2016

Student research at Oxford Brookes

Oxford Brookes’ Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy recognises that “research students are vital to our research ambitions.”

The University has strong foundations in this area with an excellent set of results in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey.

We are committed to recruiting high calibre doctoral students and we plan to invest further in the delivery of high quality doctoral training programmes

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor Research & Global Partnership

The survey, coordinated by the Higher Education Academy for the last academic year, found that 86 per cent of Oxford Brookes’ postgraduate research students were satisfied with the quality of their research programme.

This represents an increase of seven percentage points since the last survey was carried out in 2013 and compares with a sector average of 82 per cent. 

The survey also found that 84 per cent of students were satisfied with their overall experience at Oxford Brookes, representing an increase of 8 percentage points since 2013.

Satisfaction with academic departments rose by eight percentage points to 87 per cent, while the percentage of research students who would recommend Oxford Brookes to prospective students increased by four percentage points to 88 per cent.

With the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy setting out the basis for “an excellent research student experience”, there were further encouraging results with 92 per cent of those surveyed feeling that their supervisors had the skills and knowledge to support their research. This represents a five percentage point increase from 2013.

The survey of 189 postgraduate research students found that nine out of ten understood their responsibilities as a research degree student (93 per cent). Nine out of ten also said that their understanding of research integrity had developed during their programme (89 per cent) and was higher than the sector average.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor Research & Global Partnership, said: “The results of this survey are a fantastic indicator of the excellent research student experience at Oxford Brookes. We are committed to recruiting high calibre doctoral students and we plan to invest further in the delivery of high quality doctoral training programmes.

“This will help ensure our research students have the opportunity to develop for a variety of future career options. Through this and a number of other initiatives, I hope that research student satisfaction will grow further in the coming years alongside the reputation of the University’s research output and impact.”

Further information on research at Oxford Brookes is available on the University’s dedicated webpages.