People who use Facebook tell me that one of the things most likely to hook you on your Facebook feed is that little post that pops up from time to time, telling you that “5 years ago, you were doing…”.
I don’t need a Facebook feed to tell me what I was doing 2 years ago. I only need to look back on this blog, where I can see that on this day, in 2019, I was writing a first introductory post about the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS).
Why would I know that?
Because it’s CROS time again!! (and so, in the same way that I did in 2019, I set out to write an introductory piece about CROS, and thought “you know, I’ll just check what I wrote last time…”)
Do I feel like Bill Murray?
A little bit.
But in this case, that’s not a bad thing, because our 2019 CROS was, by a long way, the most successful and comprehensive CROS survey we’ve ever run, numerically–it was filled in by over 700 research staff. That’s nearly 50% of our research staff community–but also evidentially. Because the data was so strong, it allowed us to not only continue services which you told us were important (like researcher careers 1:1s), but also add support to make the issues facing research staff even more visible, through initiatives like School-based research staff champions, and the adoption by the university of the new, national Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers.
So, today, as we did on the 12th April 2019, we’re asking you to take part in CROS again…
… well, not CROS… CEDARS. They’ve changed the name. But it’s the same, useful, powerful, survey.
And it’s running in May again… as it did in 2019.