Would you like to feedback to us on your experiences of the environment and culture you work in and how you feel you are supported in your employment and professional and career development? Are you willing to be part of a sector-wide opportunity to share views on being a Researcher in the HE Sector?

The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) as delivered by Vitae, has recently launched and we are extremely keen to gather the views and experiences of as many of our research staff, and those who manage research staff, as possible. 

CEDARS was developed in 2019 by sector working groups and replaces the long-running Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). The survey integrates questions from the CROS and PIRLS surveys with new questions reflecting the principles of the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, incorporating the environment, culture, professional development and employment of research staff and the experiences of their managers. It will run biennially. 

We are running this year’s survey from Friday 23rd April, closing on Friday 7th May 11.55pm and will provide, not only information that Vitae can use to benchmark across the sector, but importantly, will enable us to use the insight internally in planning for our activity, support and engagement for research staff and their managers for the next couple of years. 

It is expected that the survey will take 20 mins to complete and your responses will be anonymous. All questions are optional except for those required to route you to questions pertinent to your experience and circumstances. We urge you, wherever possible, to make use of the free text options within the survey to feedback on specific areas pertinent to your experience. Your input and that of your colleagues is very important and highly valued, and we appreciate the contribution you are making by telling us about your views and experiences. The information you provide will bring long-lasting benefit to you and your peers.

Finally, we would like to make you aware that this survey is completely separate, and has a different aim, to the UoP Staff Pulse Survey that will be running from 10-28 May. We would encourage and request that you complete the staff pulse survey as well, when it becomes available.