The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is aimed at gathering anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff. CROS reflect the principles of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers. CROS is managed and supported by Vitae.
The University of Wolverhampton will be taking part in CROS 2017.
The survey launches on Tuesday 21st March 2017 and ends on Wednesday 31st May 2017.
We’re keen to make sure research staff have the best possible experience while working at the University of Wolverhampton. To do that we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better. If you’re thinking about taking part this year, these are the answers to some of the questions research staff often ask:
CROS is using the definition contained in the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers:
'Researchers are broadly defined as individuals whose primary responsibility is to conduct research and who are employed for this purpose. It is recognised that this broad category of staffing covers a wide range of staff with different disciplinary backgrounds, levels of training, experience and responsibility, types of contract (fixed or open ended, full or part time), and different career expectations and intentions.'
The survey is carried out by the Doctoral College and the questionnaire hosted online by Bristol Online Survey (BOS platform, which provides a secure web environment for the design, delivery, administration and analysis of online surveys.).
All research staff will receive an email from BOS on 21st March 2017 with an invitation to complete the survey. When you receive the email from BOS simply follow the instructions, click on your own personal link and complete the online form.
If you do not complete the survey within the first couple of weeks you will receive up to 4 further reminders from BOS, until the survey closes. Once you have completed the survey, your participation is recorded and the reminders from BOS stop.
The survey is very simple to answer and will take about 20 minutes of your time
Your feedback is important. CROS provides a valuable source of information for the University of Wolverhampton. In particular it:
The survey questions are broken down into the following areas:
The individual responses are confidential to the Doctoral College and only anonymous aggregate data will be supplied to Faculties so no-one will be able to identify you from any results. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.
The details entered into BOS to allow personalised emails and recording of participation do not link back to your survey responses and are only used by the software to ensure that reminders are not sent to individuals who have already completed the survey.
Your feedback is important. Over 70 universities and colleges take part in CROS. This means we can compare your experience against research staff at other institutions to see if we are supporting your career development as we should.
The results of institutions aggregated together are published by Vitae. Please see the Vitae website for the CROS 2015 UK aggregate results
Institutions own their results and can decide whether to make them public. Detailed results will be made available to Faculties by the Doctoral College.
For more information please contact Jill Morgan, Doctoral College on 01902 518769 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org