Review of impact of Covid-19 on doctoral candidates and early career research staff

This survey is now closed 

The UK Research and Innovation funded student mental health research network: SMaRteN,  in partnership with Vitae, is conducting research into the impact of COVID-19 and the associated lock down, on the working lives of doctoral researchers and research staff.  A survey has been designed to ensure that doctoral candidates as well as those of early career researchers’ voices and experiences are heard. The findings could be used to inform institutional policies for meeting the needs of these groups during the current and future public health crises. 

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To develop a national picture for how doctoral researchers and research staff have been affected by the pandemic, the survey includes questions relating to the impact of COVID-19 on:

  • research work
  • mental wellbeing
  • social connection
  • caring arrangements
  • support provided by supervisors / line managers and by universities
  • funding arrangements

If you are a doctoral candidate or early career researcher currently working/studying in the UK, we welcome your views. The survey can be completed here: and takes 20-30 minutes to complete.

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 1 May.

Vitae will be releasing a summary of findings following analysis of the survey results.

Please help disseminate the survey as widely as possible amongst our community by using this sample promotional text for emails or your institutional website and by using these 'ready-made' Tweets.