Careers in Research Online Survey and Principal Investigator and Research Leaders Survey: share your views

10 May 2013

If you are a UCL Researcher or a UCL Principal Investigator, we are reminding you that you have been e-mailed about participating in these surveys, which close on 31 May 2013.

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigator and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) are your opportunity to tell us what it’s like to be a researcher or PI at UCL. This is part of an anonymous national survey of UK research institutions, and will help UCL to provide appropriate types of support for your research career development.

Your participation in the survey is important for a number of reasons:

  • Most importantly, the survey will give you the opportunity to provide feedback on your experience as a member of research staff at UCL, and on your aspirations and needs for your career development. Your responses, which will be recorded anonymously, will be used to see that the training and support provided by UCL is well-suited to your needs.
  • RCUK expects us to take part in the survey: the results will inform the Research Environment section of the REF submission, and they will be used in response to audits by RCUK and the European Commission, both of which will affect our future access to research funding.
  • Responses to the survey can be used in the application renewals of UCL's Athena SWAN accreditation, upon which all departmental Athena SWAN awards depend.

Personal messages from Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research) to researchers and PIs about the importance of participation and to the surveys are available at:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/osd/research/cros-pirls/

Thank you very much in advance for sharing your insights and experience.

Penny Bridges, Organisation and Staff Development Consultant, Human Resources Division