Well-being assessment for postgraduate researchers
- Imperial College London
- Date first submitted:
- 25 Mar 2010
- Date last modified:
- 18 Apr 2010
- Relationship to RDF:
- Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
- Domain B: Personal effectiveness
- Personal Qualities
- Domain C: Research governance and organisation
- Professional conduct
- Research management
- Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
- Working with others
- Postgraduate researchers
Impact Level 3: Behaviour
Intern behaviours have been impacted by their experience during placements, in self-management, reflectivity, adjusting to a new working environment, different ways of working etc.
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
The graduate schools’ objectives include the enhancement of the quality of postgraduate training and education and the dissemination of best practice. Previous surveys such as our internal Research Online Evaluation (ROLE) Survey (2007) and PRES(2008) have reported high levels of satisfaction overall amongst our PhD population, without necessarily giving clear pointers as to how the quality of the student experience could be further improved. Therefore, to gain a better insight, it was decided to conduct a more in-depth assessment of the Imperial PhD experience.
To develop a thorough insight into the well-being issues that affect researchers and their experience. In addition to quantitative data, 229 free text comments were received. Analysis has allowed us to rank the issues that have the greatest negative impact on researchers’ well-being.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
The well-being assessment was developed specifically for Imperial’s PhD population. All research students were invited to complete the questionnaire during May 2009.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Analysis will provide an evidence based report on well-being. We can link the results to institutional outcomes and compare and benchmark internally. We have captured, quantified and ranked the key issues at play and can thus begin to develop a comprehensive evidence-based strategy to better support early career researchers' development. Information will be provided which will inform decision making on investment.
Dissemination of awareness to supervisors and to research students.
Further data analysis to look at differences within the population. Follow up research to explore findings in greater depth. A second assessment to examine whether well-being has improved.