Ulster University rises to number 2 in UK PhD rankings for researcher satisfaction

  • The latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey has placed Ulster University second in the UK for postgraduate researcher satisfaction, the highest ranking the university has ever received. 

    The national benchmarking exercise surveyed postgraduate research students from 89 universities across the UK about their postgraduate research experience.

    Ulster University has risen from 8th in 2019 to 2nd in 2021. This was achieved within the context of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, scoring an overall satisfaction rate of 88%.

    Highlights of Ulster’s results include; second for resources provided, second for professional development and third for research skills opportunities provided and fifth for support offered for postgraduate researchers.

    Ulster was placed in the highest quarter across all categories with extremely high satisfaction rates (over 90%) in research skills and supervision categories.

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    In a double celebration, the rankings come as 80 PhD researchers recently graduated from Ulster University having completed research spanning over 17 subject areas.

    Professor Marie Murphy, Dean of Postgraduate Research commented: “At Ulster we pride ourselves on creating a vibrant research environment and supportive research culture for PhD researchers, equipping them with the collaborative research skills and knowledge needed to excel in their future careers.

    "We worked hard to adapt to the challenges presented by the pandemic to ensure this could be sustained online and in alternative ways and we are delighted to see an improvement in researcher satisfaction."

    Through regular communication with PhD Researchers, the Doctoral College provided updates on the university’s response to Covid-19 including financial support mechanisms available.

    As activity moved online, virtual social events were also organised alongside the online delivery of the college's bespoke Researcher Development Programme, which supports the development of professional transferable skills.

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    Professor Liam Maguire from Ulster University's PVC Research department added: “These rankings further cement Ulster University’s reputation as a world-class research environment. Our PhD researchers and graduates are making an incredible impact across their diverse fields of study, working hand in hand with partners in industry, local communities and global stakeholders.

    "Post graduate research opens up a hugely rewarding career path and the opportunity to make a real difference in society.”

    PhD researchers are offered a wide range of postgraduate opportunities, across all disciplines, including fully funded scholarship options available for both home and international students.

    More information on postgraduate research at Ulster and PhD research can be found at www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege

    Source: Written from press release 

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