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CEDARS 2021: help grow healthy research culture

8 June 2021

Help grow a healthy research culture (and 1,000 trees)


Are you an academic, a researcher, a teaching fellow or a member of professional services supporting research? Would you like to share your experience of the UCL research environment? Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement), invites you to complete the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) between Wednesday 9th June  – Wednesday 30th June 2021. 

Your participation is important. The results of the survey – along with the outputs from a series of workshops and focus groups will inform UCL’s approach to fostering a healthy and supportive research culture for everyone involved in research. You will also be contributing data across the UK research system and supporting UCL, along with other Russell Group institutions, in their commitment to implement the principles of the Researcher Development Concordat. Survey results and recommendations will be published in September.

By participating in CEDARS, you will also be contributing to reforestation. As a pledge to addressing the growing concerns over ethical sustainability choices, UCL will plant a tree for every 5 complete submissions – our goal is to plant 1000 trees with CEDARS. 

CEDARS has a strong emphasis on the academic and research community, including those on teaching-only contracts and research support staff (technicians, librarians, research developers). Just 30 minutes of your time will inform institutional decision-making, at a pivotal time for UCL and for UK research. You will find your personal link in an email inviting you to the survey, which will be sent to you on Wednesday 9th June. 

Note: If you haven't received your invitation on Wednesday, this is likely caused by database issue. We welcome and encourage you to participate nevertheless. Please get in touch with od@ucl.ac.uk and we will send you your personal link shortly.

Privacy Notice

Your responses will be anonymous: you will not be identified or identifiable in any published results. All questions are optional except for those required to route you to questions pertinent to your experience and circumstances. It should take about 30 minutes to complete the survey, but the information you provide will bring long-lasting benefit to you and your peers. For your responses to be recorded you need to go through to the end of the survey and press the submit button.

CEDARS is managed and supported by Vitae. Find out more about CEDARS here: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/cedars