Student Representation & Quality Assurance

These pages contain important information for current research degree students at UAL.

This includes student representation on University committees and the results and responses from the University to annual student feedback from the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

If you are a current research degree student or member of UAL staff then you can log in to Canvas or Moodle to find more information.

Student representation

Research degree student representatives represent the research degree student body at College Research Degree Subcommittee and College Research Committee meetings.

Student representatives are nominated each academic year and can be contacted if you have any concerns or issues that you would like to be brought to the attention of your relevant College committees.

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW)

Stephanie Spindler:

Central Saint Martins

Jon Martin

Shinsuke Nakano

London College of Communication

Kate Fahey

Mario Abou Hamad

London College of Fashion

Katherine Rees

If you would be interested in becoming either a College or University Research Degree Student Representative, please email:

Student feedback

An annual research student feedback survey is organised by UAL, using the Higher Education Academy's UK survey of Postgraduate Research Student Experience (PRES).

The comments and overall analysis from each annual feedback survey are reported to the University Research Degrees Subcommittee (URDSC) for their consideration and action in the autumn term of the following academic year. Any College/University response is then communicated to students via the research web pages.

The University uses the online PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey), which is run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It is an online anonymous questionnaire and is used by over 70 Higher Education institutions through the UK. The PRES survey is only available every two years, in the intervening year Research Support conducts own internal survey based on the PRES template.

The questionnaire is always anonymous but students should be aware that some comments they make may be used as examples in the final report. You may wish to take this into account and speak to the Research Student Team ( if you would not like your comments to be reported in this way.

It is particularly important that students make full use of their Directors of Studies and supervisors as issues arise, and not to rely solely on the annual feedback mechanisms. In most cases these individuals will be the first point of contact for any difficulties. If the problem is outside their scope then they will direct you to the relevant individual or service.

For more information, please visit the PRES website.

Quality assurance

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body, established in 1997.

Its purpose is to 'safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to inform and encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education'.

University of the Arts London is fully committed to maintaining a high standard of support and service to research degree students, and adheres to the Code of Practice for Research Students (Section 1).