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The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS)

CROS+PIRLS-feature imageQueen Mary University of London runs two biennial national surveys in odd-numbered years intended to gather anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions (HEIs). The questions are compiled through a collaborative effort between Vitae, RCUK, HEFCE, researchers and researcher developers from across the UK HE sector.

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is aimed at Research Staff, Postdocs and Early-Career Researchers who have not yet undertaken an academic research leadership role. This group also includes technical and support research staff, as well as staff who are primarily employed as teaching staff, but conduct research in addition to those duties.

The Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) gathers views and experiences from Academic Staff (Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers, and Professors) who lead research, either individually or as part of a research group, as well as those who supervise postgraduate students.

Together, input from these surveys provide long lasting benefit to staff and institutions by:

  • informing and feeding back on policy and practice in researchers’ employment, management and career development
  • enabling the measurement of progress over time and confidential comparisons with groups of institutions or national results
  • providing greater knowledge of the views and experiences of research leaders across topics, including leadership, management and recognition
  • providing progress measures over time and confidential comparisons with groups of institutions (e.g. The Russell Group) or national results
  • collecting evidence to support institutional or departmental efforts, such as for the European HR Excellence in Research Award, implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and Equality Challenge Unit Charters such as Athena SWAN
  • giving insight into the research environment element of the Research Excellence Framework

These ran concurrently throughout May 2017 and the results from the surveys are currently being analysed. We will follow up with some focus groups in the summer of 2017.  If you would like to participate in these, please contact Dr Rui Pires Martins.

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