Melbourne Research Experience Survey

2017 MRES is now closed.

Every two years the University asks graduate researchers for feedback about their research experience. The information gathered through the Melbourne Research Experience Survey from graduate researchers helps the University to identify areas of good performance as well as areas of concern. This information is used to improve conditions for students, to provide ideas about supporting programs and to inform policy development.

Take part and have your say

The target population for this round of the MRES is all currently enrolled graduate researchers who were enrolled during 2016, but have not yet completed their course. Eligible candidates will receive an email containing their link to the survey. Simply click on the survey link to provide your feedback. The survey will take you about 15-20 minutes to complete. Those who complete the survey by 6 August 2017 will be automatically entered into a draw to win one $500 or one of five $100 pre-paid Visa gift cards.

What's the survey about?

The survey covers topics such as your views on supervision, resources and support provided through your department or graduate school/faculty and University programs and facilities to support our students.

The survey is divided into sections, seeking information about:

  1. You and your course;
  2. Supervision arrangements and your experience of supervision;
  3. The resources and support provided to graduate researchers by your departments/graduate schools/faculties;
  4. programs, services, support and facilities offered by a range of specialist units across the University; and
  5. Your perceptions of your progress in developing research skills.

The last section gives you the opportunity to provide general comments about your experience and provide information on how we can best communicate with you. We also invite you to volunteer to provide additional feedback so that faculties and service providers can follow up your suggestions and ideas.

"...we must offer Australia’s highest quality research training experience supported by outstanding infrastructure, supervision and mentoring, coursework, international experience and professional development opportunities such as university teaching, leadership training and career planning. We must prepare our graduate researchers for employment with leading research, business and government organisations."
- Extract from Research at Melbourne: Ensuring excellence and impact to 2025

Reporting from the MRES

Several reports will developed from MRES data:

  • Tables will be prepared reporting outcomes by faculty, and where appropriate by department or school. Results are not presented where there are fewer than five responses.
  • More comprehensive reports of students’ views on supervision and support will also be prepared, and submitted to Academic Board through the Research Higher Degrees Committee, senior management and the parallel responsible higher degree committees within faculties.

Useful links

Further information

Bill Jones (Business Intelligence and Reporting)
Amanda Davis (Chancellery - Research)