The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) provides a platform to obtain the views of contract research staff on employment conditions, career and development opportunities at individual higher education institutions.
Since it was introduced in 2002, CROS has led to improvement in local staff review and appraisal systems, local induction processes and communication with research staff. The feedback it has provided to government has been invaluable and led to additional funding to institutions for research staff development, as well as significantly raising the profile of research staff both within institutions and nationally. Recently, the second Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers has been developed and RCUK has funded Vitae, which champions the professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff.
LSE participated in CROS in 2003, 2004, and 2006, and most recently in 2009. For a summary of results of CROS 2003 see Supporting Contract Research Staff at the LSE July 2003 (LSE username required). The full report can be accessed at Contract Research Staff Online Survey (CROS) 2003 (LSE username required). 2004 results are at Supporting Contract Research Staff at the LSE July 2004 (PDF, LSE username required). The results of the 2009 survey is available here (PDF, LSE username required).