Research Surveys

Research Experience Surveys @ GCU Have your say!

Are you a research student, Principal Investigator, Research Leader, research supervisor or member of staff engaged in research at GCU? Then have your say via three national surveys running at GCU. Surveys are run biennially and in 2017 are open until 18 May (for research students) and 31 May (for research staff).

The University is keen to make sure that our research students and researcher staff have the best possible experience at GCU. To do this, we would like to know what you think we are doing well and what you feel could be improved.

The online surveys below gather anonymous data. The results will enable us to compare how the University is doing against the experience of research students and staff researchers at other institutions across the UK, and will help us to make changes that will improve the experience for current and future GCU research students and staff researchers.

Research students

PRES

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is run by the Higher Education Academy to allow institutions to collect feedback from their postgraduate research students on their experiences of their research degree programmes. By responding to this survey, students will be providing vital information to help the University understand what we are doing well and what we can do better to improve the experience of research postgraduates at GCU.

The survey is an online questionnaire and all responses will be kept confidential.

How to access the survey

Students will be given their personal access details in an individual email sent to their email addresses listed with the university and their gcu.ac.uk address.

Find out more

Visit Student Surveys at GCU for further details.

Research staff Please select the relevant research staff survey from the options below.

Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS): for staff primarily employed to conduct research

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is run by Vitae, and gathers anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff in UK higher education.

Who should complete the survey?

GCU staff whose primary responsibility is to conduct research and are employed for this purpose*. Staff who are engaged in research, but may be employed on multiple teaching contracts or professional and administrative contracts are also invited to complete the CROS survey.

The results will be used by institutions and research funding bodies to understand researcher careers and to inform actions within the institution, the sector, and among research funders. For example, since it was introduced in 2002, CROS has led to improvements in local staff review and appraisal systems, induction processes and communication with research staff. It has led to additional funding to institutions for research staff development as well as significantly raising the profile of research staff both within institutions and nationally.

The input of GCU staff is therefore very important and highly valued. The information provided will be vital in informing the future direction of GCU research. Responses will be anonymous and you will not be identified or identifiable.

* CROS is designed to parallel the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS), which asks about experiences of leading research in the UK. If you are principally responsible for setting the intellectual direction of research and are also personally responsible for the management of research staff and/or the supervision of postgraduate researchers you should complete PIRLS rather than CROS.

How to access the survey

Staff will be given the url access through an internal email.

Find out more

www.vitae.ac.uk/cros

Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS): for PIs, research leaders and research supervisors

The Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) is run by Vitae, and gathers information about the experiences of staff engaged in research at UK Higher Education institutions.

Who should complete the survey?

GCU staff who are personally responsible (in their role, even if not currently) for the management of research staff and/or the formal supervision of postgraduate researchers*. 

The results of the PIRLS survey will be used by institutions and research funding bodies to understand research leadership and to inform actions within the institution, the sector, and among research funders.

The input of GCU staff is therefore very important and highly valued, and the information provided will be vital in informing the future direction of GCU research. Responses will be anonymous and you will not be identified or identifiable.

* PIRLS is designed to parallel the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS), which asks research staff about their experiences and career development. If you are employed primarily to conduct research and have no formal staff management/supervision responsibilities within your job description you should complete CROS.

How to access the survey

Staff will be given the url access through an internal email.

Find out more

www.vitae.ac.uk/pirls