SHU Researcher Survey for Staff 2021 (CEDARS)

A key part of our actions in implementing the principles of the Researcher Concordat is to seek feedback on researchers’ experiences at Hallam. As well as the University staff survey, we have participated in two national surveys aimed specifically at researchers – the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS), which both took place at Sheffield Hallam in 2019. The responses to these surveys have informed the ongoing development of our action plan, and in particular, the career development support provided to Early Career Researchers. These surveys have now been combined into the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS), and we are now seeking researchers’ feedback again.

When will the surveys be running?

We are running the national Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research (CEDARS) survey at Sheffield Hallam from Tuesday 29 June 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021. Responses submitted by 5 July can be included in the UK benchmarking data.

Who can complete it?

You should complete this survey if you are a member of staff and conduct research and / or manage researchers. This survey provides an opportunity to give information on working conditions, career aspirations and development opportunities from your perspective of working as a researcher at Sheffield Hallam University.

How do staff access the survey?

The survey will launch on the 29 June 2021 at Sheffield Hallam and the link to complete it will be emailed to staff.


If you have any questions please email Elizabeth Scanlon via

CEDARS data Privacy statement

The University is participating in CEDARS as part of our actions in implementing the principles of the revised Researcher Development Concordat. The survey asks for your experiences of the research environment at Hallam and will inform ongoing development of our Concordat action plan.

CEDARS is managed by Vitae and hosted on the Jisc Online Surveys platform. The data will be dealt with confidentially and access limited to a small team in Research and Innovation Services who will analyse the data and produce the internal report. Data will be stored securely on the N drive and deleted once the report has been produced.

The University will not have access to any data until you press ‘submit’ at the end of the survey. You can withdraw your consent at any point before you press ‘submit’.

Please note the survey contains free text boxes and you are asked not to include any personal data or information that would identify others.

Jisc will create a UK aggregate dataset based on all responses across the UK. This will be shared with Vitae. More information on CEDARS can be found at

If you have any questions on the CEDARS survey at Sheffield Hallam, you can contact the Doctoral School Team via

The Staff Privacy Notice contains general information about GDPR and your rights