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New PGR Voice survey - launches 2 May

27 Apr 2023

The survey gives Postgraduate Researchers an opportunity to tell us about their experiences

On Tuesday, 2 May, our University is launching its first PGR Voice Survey and we hope it will give us a real insight into their experiences. The feedback we gain about the experiences of our postgraduate researchers will be used to make improvements for PGRs across the institution.

About the survey

Open until the 9 June, the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and has been developed and in collaboration with the University of Sheffield.  

The questions have been developed using feedback from focus groups across the Universities academic, professional services and PGR communities and cover areas such as the research culture and community, supervision, resources, training and development and the overall PGR experience.

As a thank you for their time we will for each response submitted our University will also make a £1 charitable donation, split equally between the following good causes: 

  • University of Manchester Cost of Living Support Fund - Awarding grants of up to £2000 to help students overcome financial hardship or unforeseen additional costs.  The fund is open to all students at the University, regardless of level of study or nationality.
  • Refugee Women Connect - Working to build a safe life in the UK for all women in the refugee and asylum seeker community.  They offer practical support for women on a number of issues, including navigating the asylum process, support with accommodation and housing, educational access etc. They also offer bespoke one-to-one mental health support, as well as group activities to combat isolation and loneliness.
  • Greater Together Manchester - Building effective partnerships in communities to bring about positive change by tackling poverty and transforming lives throughout Greater Manchester and Rossendale.  Key areas of work include homelessness, loneliness and isolation, mental health and wellbeing, food insecurity and supporting displaced people.
  • Jump Space - Based in Stockport, providing rebound therapy and sensory play for disabled children and young people and their families. It provides a safe, fun, understanding and non-judgmental environment for disabled children and young people, many of whom are unable to access other forms of sport and activity.

How staff can help

All eligible PGRs will be emailed a link to the survey and will also be able to complete by logging into My Manchester from 2 May. If you supervise, work with or support PGRs, please encourage them to complete their survey. It’s important they understand that, as an institution, we are committed to continuously improving the experience of our PGRs, and one of the best ways we can do this is by listening and acting on feedback.

A range of digital promotional assets have been produced. If you think you or your colleagues could use these to help promote the survey, please contact

Further information