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The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) was developed in 2019 by sector working groups, it replaces the long-running Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

CEDARS integrates questions from the CROS and PIRLS surveys with new questions reflecting the Principles of the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, incorporating the environment, culture, professional development and employment of research staff and the experiences of their managers.

The University of Exeter ran the survey for the first time in 2020, results of which are currently being analysed. Once analysed, results will feed into College and University action plans. 

This year we will be running the survey between Tuesday 4th May- Wednesday 30th June 2021.

The survey is open to:

  • Anyone who undertakes research (ECRs, all the way up to Professor)
  • Those who manage researchers (PIs, PGR supervisors/ pastoral tutors)  
  • Research technicians 

Please note: If you are a PGR please do not complete this survey instead please complete the PRES Survey