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Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS)

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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 2019 which will run from Monday 25th March - Friday 17th May 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

What's the CROS definition of 'Research Staff'?

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.'

How is CROS carried out?

The survey is carried out by the Research Policy Unit and the questionnaire is hosted online by JISC Online Surveys (OS) platform, which provides a secure web environment for the design, delivery, administration and analysis of online surveys.

What does it involve?

All research staff will receive an email from OS with an invitation to complete the survey. When you receive the email from OS 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 OS, until the survey closes. Once you have completed the survey, your participation is recorded and the reminders from OS stop.

How long does it take?

The survey is very simple to answer and will take about 20 minutes of your time

What will be asked?

The survey questions are broken down into the following areas:

  • Section 1 – About your resea‌ch career
  • Section 2 – Recognition and Value
  • Section 3 - Recruitment and Selection
  • Section 4 – Support and Career Development
  • Section 5 – Equality and Diversity

Why should I take part?

Your feedback is important. CROS provides a valuable source of information for the University of Wolverhampton. In particular it:

  • informs policy and practice in researchers’ employment, management and career development
  • helps those concerned with researcher development to plan their interventions
  • provides benchmarking for measuring progress in implementation of the Concordat, achieving and maintaining the HR Excellence in Research Award and Athena Swan, and submission of the REF Research Environment.
  • provides UoW with the opportunity to compare our institutional results with the UK aggregate.

Is it anonymous?

The individual responses are confidential to the Research Policy Unit 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 OS 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.

What happens to the results?

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. 

How will I see the results?

The results of institutions aggregated together are published by Vitae. Institutions own their results and can decide whether to make them public. Detailed results will be made available to Faculties by the Research Policy Unit. 

Vitae Report: Five Steps Forward

Progress in implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 2008-2017

The 5 Steps Forward (PDF) report launched at the Vitae Researcher Development Conference 2017, based on successive Careers in Research Online Surveys (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Surveys (PIRLS)
Please see the Vitae website for the CROS 2015 UK aggregate results

More information?

For more information about CROS please contact Jill Morgan, Research Policy Unit on 01902 518769 or by email:

Visit the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers webpage for more information about implementation at the University of Wolverhampton.