In April and May, the Careers in Research Online Survey and the University of Manchester Staff Survey were conducted. Both surveys have now closed with the results currently being collated and analysed.

The University of Manchester response rate to CROS 2013 (organised by Vitae2) was 25.8%, equalling the response in 2011 and comparing favourably with the Russell Group average response rate of 26.1%.  The results will be further complemented by the Staff Survey, helping to identify necessary improvements in regards to career development and working environment.

The University Staff Survey received a record response rate of 71.0%, equating to 6,490 members of staff. All University-wide results are now available on StaffNet1 and reveal that, overall, staff were highly positive in their attitudes and views of the University. One of the concerns highlighted by staff was a healthy work-life balance, which ties in with the theme of this issue. The heads of each school will be sharing all local results with you and may have done so already, so keep an eye on your inboxes.

From the Staff Survey, the University has identified key areas that need attention including helping staff cope with change, improving channels of communication and assisting staff to create a healthy work-life balance. It is only through such surveys that the University can hear your thoughts and identify what they need to improve and build upon.