CROS 2011

Just a reminder that the Careers in Research On-line Survey (CROS) is now open to all research staff.

CROS gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on how well the University recruits, supports and generally treats you as an employee. Since the last CROS Survey in 2009, we’ve made some real changes to the training and development on offer to Research Staff (including the introduction of a micro-mentoring scheme for researchers, induction sessions specifically for Research Staff, and plans to improve the PDR process). This year, we’re in an even stronger position to use the results of the survey to improve the ways in which you are employed and prepared for your future career through the formation of the Research Staff Development Working Group (RSDWG), and the newly formed University of Manchester Research Staff Association (see their blog at:

However, for the results to be taken seriously, we do need the majority of researchers to complete the survey – otherwise the results can easily be dismissed as being unrepresentative of the broader research community. A strong response rate not only shows senior managers that researchers do take their terms of employment and access to appropriate career development seriously, but it also gives groups like the RSDWG reliable data with which to argue for change.

So – please try to find 20 minutes to complete the survey (and thanks to everyone who has filled it in already!).

P.S If you’re coming along to the Conference on Thursday, we’ll give you access to a computer cluster during the lunch break, and you can complete CROS there (and also have the chance to win £50 in Amazon vouchers – if you’ve already filled it in, you can let the person on the registration desk know and they will enter you into the prize draw).


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