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Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2015

Have your say on your experience at The University of Manchester

HEIs across the UK are participating in CROS – a national survey of search staff run by Vitae that gathers the anonymous views of research staff about their experiences, career aspirations and career development opportunities.

What is CROS and what happens to the results?

The survey is an online questionnaire which should take no more than 20 minutes to complete; all responses are anonymous.

We value the time you take to complete the survey and it is an important investment: the survey results will be used to create University-wide and local (Faculty/School) action plans to address the issues and concerns you raise. The University-wide results will be made available on the Research and Business Engagement Support Services Intranet in June 2015.

The result will also be made available to The University’s Research Staff Association and The Faculty Researcher Development Teams for local dissemination and comment.

On a national level the feedback CROS has provided to the UK government and funders has been invaluable. It has led to additional funding to institutions to research staff development, as well as significantly raising the profile of research staff both within institutions and nationally.

Complete the survey

To complete the survey, please go to:

The survey is available to complete from Monday 23rd April 2015 until Sunday 31st May 2015.

What difference have past surveys made?

Past survey results have led directly to enhanced support and improved development opportunities for research staff.

You   said

We   did

46% of you said that you had taken   part in a PDR in the past 24 months with 63% finding it useful overall.

In consultation with research staff,   academics and PSS staff, we developed an piloted an online PDR system that   provides a one-stop shop for information relevant to the personal and career   development of research staff. The system is due to be rolled out to all   staff at The University in due course.

51% of you said that you would like to   be involved in School decision-making.

We are reviewing research staff   representation in each Faculty with a view to improve research staff   involvement in School and Faculty decision-making.

50% of you said that you’d like to   apply for a fellowship

We are reviewing the fellowship   support given to research staff across The University with a view to better   supporting our research staff across the institution in fellowship   applications.


Key contacts

If you have any questions about CROS, please contact Dr Mark Leech by emailing:

Further information