Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey


The final Question set for CEDARS 2021 is now available for Vitae members

View and download CEDARS 2020 aggregate results as a PDF and as a PowerPoint slide-set 

Members: use specific data images from the official slide-set for your own slides 

Tune in to the recording from our practice sharing event: 'Branching out with CEDARS'

The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) was developed in 2019 by sector working groups, it replaces the long-running Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

CEDARS 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.

Following a successful pilot year in 2020, the survey will be available for Vitae member organisations to run again in 2021. If you are interested in running CEDARS at your institution please contact us at:

CEDARS resources for Vitae members

Some helpful resources have been put together for our members to help you in running CEDARS at your institution. Check out the how to guide to get you started with running CEDARS, take a look at the FAQs and find helpful materials for promoting CEDARS at your institution.

Template of CEDARS 2021

Download a copy of the survey template for CEDARS 2021. Following the pilot year in 2020, the question set and survey structure has been reviewed ahead of opening the survey for national benchmarking in April 2021.

CEDARS Steering Group

The CEDARS Steering Group has been formed of new and existing members of the CROS and PIRLS Steering Group, with a view to represent the breadth and experience within our community.