C1 - CROS and PIRLS 2013: How to use results to enhance institutional policies and practice

Day 2 at 11:00 - The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is established as the main national survey which gathers the views of research staff in UK HEIs about their experiences of and attitudes to employment and especially participation in personal and career development activities. The Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) was launched in 2011 and gathers the anonymous views and experience of research leaders in UK HEIs in relation to research leadership and the management of research staff and supervision of postgraduate researchers. These surveys were run again in 2013 and provided an evidence base for monitoring progress of institutional Concordat Implementation Plans for HEIs that can secure the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award. Likewise, it was envisaged that results would inform the 'Vitality and Sustainability of the Research Environment' that was assessed in the Research Environment section on People (staffing strategy, and staff development and postgraduate researchers) for REF 2014. Strand - Research staff.
Day Day 2
Session C
Start time 11.00
Strand Research staff
Code C1
Presenters Dr Ian Forristal - Head of Researcher Development, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne - Director of Research and Intelligence, CRAC: The Career Development Organisation


This session covered good practice from the sector (in the form of case studies) and discussed:

  • methodology and tools used to analyse quantitative or qualitative data
  • writing and structuring the survey report after the data analysis
  • how findings could be communicated / shared across each institution
  • challenges faced in promoting survey findings to key stakeholders
  • how survey data could be used to influence institutional policy or planning processes
  • institutional processes developed to monitor the implementation of any recommendations made in CROS/PIRLS reports
  • how survey data was used to benchmark and measure progress
  • aggregate results for CROS and PIRLS in 2013 and comparability with institutional findings.

Workshop outcomes:


  • obtained a practical insight into how to report results of their own CROS / PIRLS surveys
  • had the opportunity to consider a range of case studies relating to the effective utilisation of CROS / PIRLS survey data
  • considered options for how to enhance institutional policies and practices within their own institutions
  • gained an overview of latest national (aggregate) key results from the surveys.


Presentation of information, interaction and discussion.