Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2014 – Reminder

Have you had your say?

Students who haven’t yet had the chance to complete the 2014 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) are encouraged to do so before it closes. Your feedback is kept confidential and anonymous and will help shape future developments for postgraduate taught (PGT) students at the College.

Who is eligible?
All PGT students except those on standalone modules are invited to take part (including first, second and third year part time students and distance learners).

How long will PTES be open?
The PTES 2014 opened on Friday 21 March and closes on Thursday 19 June.

How do I access the PTES?
You should have received an email invitation directly to your King’s email address, with details of your login name and password.

What should I do if I have not received an invite?
Please contact Dr Kim Wolff (kim.wolff@kcl.ac.uk), College Head of Postgraduate Education, if you have any concerns about not receiving an invite.

What should I do if I cannot log in to complete the PTES?
Please contact Paula Webster (paula.webster@kcl.ac.uk) in Academic Services if you have any difficulties logging in to the survey.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2014

An online questionnaire open to all students on taught postgraduate programmes

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) gives you an unprecedented opportunity to have your say about studying at King’s, both the areas of strength and your views on how improvements can be made. The information you provide is taken very seriously and considered at the highest level.

As a result of feedback from students in previous years we have:

  • extended library opening hours
  • increased the book budget by £750,000
  • established a ‘student voice’ strategy to encourage student representation on all programmes.

Your feedback is kept confidential and anonymous and the survey should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

The 2014 PTES opens on Friday 21 March – look out for an email sent to your King’s account inviting you to take part and providing your unique username and password.

Please take this opportunity to have your say.

The 2014 Geneva International Contest for Graduate Students

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, have recently launched an international competition for graduate students entitled “Advancing Development Goals” whose objective is to stimulate the debate about the future of the global development agenda.

The contest calls upon teams of 3 to 5 Master students from all over the world, involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or perspectives, to submit a proposal that creatively addresses a key challenge in international development.

The Topic:

The topic selected for the 2014 challenge is “Empowering Women for Development,” with a focus on political, social and economic inclusion. According to the 2013 MDG Report, women access to education, healthcare financial security and decision-making power in the public and private spheres remains precarious, falling below target. Women empowerment thus constitutes an essential dimension of any post-2015 agenda.

The Prize:

The winning project will receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF. The second prize will receive 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF. 

Submissions:

Proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 8’000 words (all included).

Students who are interested must send their entry via email by the deadline of 30 April 2014.

A jury chaired by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and composed of high level persons will select three papers and invite the student teams to Geneva for a one-day defence of their proposal.

For further details please go to: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/relations-publiques/the-geneva-challenge-2014.html

How you feel about your postgraduate taught experience at King’s

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2013 Results Summary 

PTES is the national survey of postgraduate taught (PGT) students organised annually by the Higher Education Academy. This survey helps us to identify areas of strength and good practice and areas where improvements can be made in the provision of your taught postgraduate programmes.

Key messages we got from you:

PGT students at King’s College London have now had the opportunity to feed back their thoughts about the College in 2013 and here is our summary of what you had to say.

The key message is that student satisfaction with their PGT programme has improved across the College in all areas of the survey.

  • The ‘Quality of Learning and Teaching’ has remained consistently above the average of the Russell Group, the UK’s 24 leading research universities, and the ‘Quality of Teaching’ is ‘consistently good’ for 94% respondents;
  • Student satisfaction for ‘Assessment and Feedback’ has improved in all areas compared to last year, in particular for promptness of feedback, although there is still room for improvement;
  • The growing motivation for studying at PGT level seems to be ‘to progress my current career’ rather than as a stepping stone to another academic qualification.

Some areas for improvement

  • Work continues to improve library resources on the Strand campus;
  • The provision of ‘Skills and Personal Development’ training for PGT students is a target for 2013/14;
  • Work is being undertaken to strengthen opportunities for PGT students to reflect on professional development needs.

Thanks to all of you who took part in this year’s survey. With this information in mind the College can reflect on current practice and provision of services and will seek to work towards an enhanced learning experience for our postgraduate taught students.