Government survey on the impact of Covid-19 on researchers and the UK research base

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is inviting researchers and research groups to participate in a short online survey to share their experiences of how the Covid-19 lockdown is impacting research, and the likely impact if social distancing in the workplace is required in the months ahead.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has commissioned Vitae, supported by UKRI and Universities UK, to launch a survey to gather further evidence to better understand the implications of Covid-19 on the activities of researchers and research groups.

This evidence will inform BEIS’s consideration and design of potential interventions to help protect researchers, research institutions and facilities, and will complement current intelligence gathering activities, including those run by Research England, and will help to inform BEIS’ ongoing policy analysis on research sustainability and R&D talent.

A short report to share the findings and key themes will be published in the summer by BEIS/Vitae.

Access the Survey

This short survey will run from now until Tuesday 9 June and will take 15-20 minutes to complete depending on which sections are appropriate to you. Access the survey here.

Your responses will be aggregated before any reporting (no reporting will be done at individual or institutional level), and will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) – please see the Data Privacy Notice. You do not have to identify yourself as part of your response but there is an option at the end of the survey to leave contact details if you are willing to participate in any follow-up research. Your contact details will be stored by Vitae separately from your other responses and purely for the purpose of any such re-contact.
If you need further information about the survey or this project you can contact Janet Metcalfe at Vitae.