Cardiff University  


Booking form Evaluation form Contact RCBN




General information for Contract Researchers
This page provides links to sites which are specifically aimed at researchers on fixed term contracts.

The Higher Education Staff Development Agency
HESDA is responsible for developing the skills, training and qualifications of people working in higher education. This site provides a general introduction to the agency, as well as links to courses and publications covering many aspects of staff training and development in HE.

HESDA Contract Research Staff Guide
The site provides information on relevant initiatives, and links to pages with further details on:

  • the national background and policy developments
  • career guidance and staff development resources for contract research staff and all those involved in their management and development
  • other sites of potential interest

The Research Careers Initiative
The Research Careers Initiative monitors progress towards meeting the commitments of the 1996 Concordat and identifies and encourages good practice in the career management and development of contract research staff.

The Contract Research Online Survey Project (CROS)
This project is funded by HEFCE, SHEFC, and the DTI/OST. CROS is project managed and implemented by the University of Bristol. The project provides a free, secure Web environment for the design, delivery, administration and analysis of online surveys exclusively for Contract Research Staff. The survey is aimed at anonymously gathering data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for contract researchers. The summary analysis report based on the results of CROS 2002 is available for download.

Career Paths of Academic Researchers
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) have developed a suite of 50 case studies that follow CRS careers since earlier fixed-term employment

Institution sites
Several institutions have web pages aimed at Contract Researchers. A few examples are given below:


Home > Activities > Building a research career > Contract Researcher general
Return to top of page
This page was last updated 18th February 2004