Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) 2021

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Tell us what you think! The national CEDARS survey is now live at Kent and asks academic and research staff about their experiences, needs and views as part of a larger sector drive to promote positive research cultures and career development in academia.

CEDARS is your chance to tell the University about your views and experiences as a research-active member of staff. Key benefits are as follows:

  • The information you provide will be used to inform Kent policy and practice relating to researcher employment, management and development. This should benefit not only you, but also have long-lasting impact for future researchers.
  • The survey should provide a clearer picture of Kent’s progress towards implementing the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, to which the University signed up in June 2020, and towards upholding its HRER commitment to support its researchers.
  • A good response rate and national benchmarking would provide leverage for future changes at Kent.

The CEDARS survey is hosted on Online Surveys, a secure web environment, and is anonymous. It is managed by Vitae, the international organisation supporting the professional development of researchers.

Who should participate? The survey targets colleagues who research at all career stages. This includes staff who are active researchers, teaching staff engaged in research (including ‘teaching & scholarship’ staff) and academic staff who manage researchers.

The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) is coordinating this survey, as part of its new remit to support all academic and research staff in their career and personal development. This includes curating a range of training and development sessions, many of which are now available to book via Target Connect, including some taking place next week.

To complete the survey, please go to this link. The survey runs till 23.59 on 19 May 2021.

Any queries, please contact the GRC and thank you in advance for taking part in this important survey.