Quality assurance

Surveys

Doctoral students and doctoral alumni

Studies of doctoral students and alumni with PhDs are carried out with the intention of providing documentation for quality enhancement of the University’s postgraduate study programmes. Previous studies were carried out in 2002, 2006 and 2008, in which every individual department or faculty received results summarised in a report. Work is now under way to carry out a new survey of PhD students within the framework of a broader study of postgraduate education.

Study of postgraduate education

One current study focuses on the University’s postgraduate study programmes. Within the scope of this study, questionnaires have been sent to the University’s PhD students and alumni, but also to supervisors. The study is intended to be suitable as a basis for quality enhancement of postgraduate education and to support the departments’ work ahead of the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s evaluation.

Alumni studies at basic, advanced and postgraduate level

Alumni studies give staff in charge of subjects and programmes information about how their former students look back on their education at Uppsala University, a few years after graduating and in the light of their job experience. They also give the staff in charge an idea of the alumni´s position at the labour market. The studies address alumni from basic, advanced and postgraduate education. The latest alumni study is ‘First Out: An alumni study of the first annual cohorts from the new one- and two-year study programmes at Lund and Uppsala University’ (Conclusion and summary in English).

Research environment

For the first time, Uppsala University is conducting a questionnaire directed at teachers, researchers and doctoral students, with focus on academic values and the inner life of research environments. The questionnaires form part of the research evaluation that is being done at the University in 2016–17 (KoF17). The questionnaire results, along with a bibliometric analysis, will serve as a basis for the self-evaluation work included in the research evaluation.

Other surveys and reports

At various levels in Uppsala University, other surveys and reports are also being done to support quality work in education and research. Studies and reports from the Unit for Quality and Evaluation on quality in higher education and research, international master programmes and problems connected with examination procedures have, for example, been carried out and summarised.

For more information about surveys and reports, contact Maria Björnermark or Camilla Maandi.