C2 - What do researchers do? Understanding the aspirations and careers of researchers

Day 2 at 11:10 - What do researchers do? Understanding the aspirations and careers of researchers
Day Day 2
Session C
Start time 11:10
Room Cambridge
Doctoral Researchers
Research Staff
Code C2

Rachel Hewitt, Data Policy & Governance Manager, HESA

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant, King's College London

Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Director of Research & Intelligence, CRAC/Vitae

Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head, Vitae

Workshop overview: 

Understanding the aspirations and careers of researchers is critical in providing appropriate professional development opportunities and careers advice and guidance to researchers. 80% of research staff respondents to CROS and over 60% of doctoral respondents to PRES have expectations of achieving an academic career, in part due to a lack of knowledge of other career opportunities. 

This workshop will consider the value of ‘careers registration’ surveys to inform provision of support by careers services and others based on the experience of King's College London Careers Service work with doctoral researchers. 

It will also present HESA’s new ‘Graduate Outcomes Survey’, which will replace the six month and 3.5 year DLHE (Destinations of Leavers) surveys from 2019, and how this can be used to identify doctoral graduate destinations and potentially longitudinal tracking. 

The workshop will look at the implications of this change on our future understanding of researchers’ early careers, and what institutions, and the sector collectively, will need to do to ensure they have information about the destinations and career paths of their researchers. 

Workshop topics covered: 

  • The opportunities and challenges of using the Graduate Outcomes Survey to understand the careers of researchers
  • The experience of using careers registration surveys to inform institutional career provision for researchers

Themes covered: 

  • Enabling career transitions between academia to industry

Workshop outcomes: 

By the end of the workshop, participants should: 

  • Be informed about the new HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey and the data to can provide on researchers’ career destinations.
  • Considered the value of career registration to inform the provision of professional and career development services. 
  • Agreed a set of collective actions to ensure good ongoing data on researchers’ careers  


Presentations interactive and discussion