Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey
The Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) gathers anonymous views and experiences from principal investigators in relation to their role as managers and leaders of researchers and research groups.
In the UK, PIRLS runs concurrently with the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 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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PIRLS provides institutions with:
greater knowledge of the views and experiences of research leaders across topics, including leadership, management and recognition
progress measures over time and confidential comparisons with groups of institutions or national results
evidence to support institutional submissions, such as for the European HR Excellence in Research Award, implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and Athena Swan
PIRLS was first run in 2011 in the UK to provide greater knowledge and understanding of the views and experiences of research leaders and to inform the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
PIRLS is managed by Vitae and hosted on the Bristol Online Survey (BOS) tool, which provides a secure web environment for the design, delivery, administration and analysis of online surveys
PIRLS is overseen by the CROS/PIRLS Steering Group
PIRLS is run biennially in the UK and will next run in spring 2015, concurrently with the Careers in Research Online Survey
Participating institutions sign a collaborative agreement
Our 2013 UK aggregate results report analyses 4837 responses received from research leaders in 49 UK higher education institutions, representing a response rate of 28%.
Three behaviours 2013 respondents considered most important in excellent research leaders:
advances significantly the discipline/research area
creates opportunities and nurtures researchers’ careers
exemplifies the highest standards of research integrity and conduct.
Careers in Research Online Survey. Anonymous views of research staff in higher education institutions
Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. Views and experiences of docotral candidates
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 EC initiative to support better employment and working conditions for researchers
Every Researcher Counts. Resources and briefings to improve the understanding of equality and diversity issues amongst those who support and manage researchers