Careers in Research Online Survey

ThCareers in Research Online Survey CROS logoe 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.

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Benefits of CROS

‘…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 background and management

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) was originally developed in 2002 as part of a project funded by HEFCE, the Scottish Funding Council, and DTI/OST (now BIS).

CROS is now managed by Vitae. It is hosted on the Bristol Online Survey (BOS) tool, 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

Running CROS

CROS is run biennially in the UK and will next run in spring 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

Frequently asked questions

Careers in Research Online Survey 2013 question set

Careers in Research Online Survey Code of Practice

Participating institutions sign a Careers in Research Online Survey collaborative agreement

Careers in Research Online Survey 2013 activity checklist

How to create the Careers in Research Online Survey 2013

Analysing CROS/PIRLS data webinar

Latest CROS publication

Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2013 UK aggregate results. 68 UK institutions participated in 2013. 8216 research staff responded representing a response rate of about 26%. It demonstrates the significant progress made by UK institutions in supporting researchers and the remaining challenges.

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Related links

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

Concordat measures of progress 2013

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.