Careers in Research Online Survey
The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) gathers the anonymous views of research staff in UK higher education institutions about their experiences, career aspirations and career development opportunities.
It runs concurrently with the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) and collectively these data indicate progress on implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the European HR Excellence in Research Award.
Contact us if you are interested in modifying CROS for use with institutions outside the UK.
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‘…essential information about the views and experiences of our researchers, and enable us to begin to respond more effectively to the needs of this group of staff and to ensure that any policy developments are evidence-based.’ [Cardiff University]
Benefits to institutions:
- informs policy and practice in researchers’ employment, management and career development
- enables measurement of progress over time and confidential comparisons with groups of institutions or national results
- collects evidence to support institutional submissions, such as for the European HR Excellence in Research Award, implementation of the Concordat and Athena Swan
- gives insight into the research environment element of the Research Excellence Framework
CROS is now managed by Vitae. It is hosted on the BOS survey platform, which provides a secure web environment for the design, delivery, administration and analysis of online surveys.
CROS is overseen by the CROS/PIRLS Steering Group
CROS is run biennially in the UK and ran from 1 March to 31 May 2015. CROS can be modified to meet the needs of institutions outside the UK. For general information about running CROS contact us or contact BOS for help with technical issues
Participating institutions sign a Careers in Research Online Survey collaborative agreement
Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2015 UK aggregate results. 8964 research staff from 72 institutions responded, a response rate of 28%. It demonstrates the significant progress made by UK institutions in supporting researchers and the remaining challenges.
Case studies: institutions using CROS
Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey. Gathering views and experiences from managers of researchers in the UK
Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. An agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK
HR Excellence in Research Award. An initiative of the European Commission to support better employment and working conditions for researchers
Every Researcher Counts. Resources, case studies and stakeholder briefings to improve the understanding of equality and diversity issues amongst those who support and manage researchers
Athena Swan. UK award recognising commitment to women’s careers in STEMM academia
Research Excellence Framework. The system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.