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

Tell us about your experience as a researcher at the University of Sussex. The 2023 survey has now closed.

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Are you a researcher and/or a manager of researchers?

We want know more about your experiences of the research environment you currently work in.

The results of this survey are instrumental in informing the on-going improvements Sussex is making to its provision for research staff. It's an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience as a researcher so far.

CEDARS runs nationally every two years. We are running it as part of our actions to implement the Principles of the revised Researcher Development Concordat. The results will establish a baseline for the UK research system and help identify what more we need to do nationally to achieve the Principles of the Concordat.

CEDARS is managed and supported by Vitae.

Who can respond?

CEDARS is open to researchers currently working at the University of Sussex on a research-only contract. It is also open to PIs/managers of researchers at Sussex.

How to take part

Eligible researchers and PIs/managers will receive an email invitation from JISC Online Surveys containing a unique link to access the survey.

The survey has now closed. Mind is the top choice so the donation will be made on your behalf shortly.  

Why take part

The survey will provide valuable information on the current environment for researchers at Sussex, and highlight areas we can focus on to create a healthy and supportive research culture at the University, ensuring our researchers can thrive. 

As a thank you, all researchers who take part in the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win up to £150 in Amazon vouchersTo enter, add your email address when prompted at the end of the survey.

This information will only be used for the prize draw and will be deleted after the draw. All survey answers will remain anonymous, and your answers will not affect your chances of winning a prize. Winners will be chosen in a random draw after the close of the survey and notified by the end of June.

First Prize - £150 Amazon Vouchers
Second Prize - £75 Amazon Vouchers
Third Prize - 10 people will win £10 Amazon Vouchers

In addition, for every survey entry we receive, the University will donate £1 to a charity voted for by you

Here is the shortlist of charities:

You will be able to vote for your preferred charity at the end of the survey. The charity with the most votes will receive the University's donation.


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