Outlined below are responses to key questions typically asked about the project by both potential survey respondents and universities interested in taking part in the survey in the future.
The main focus of the work is to inform and support efforts to nurture inclusive cultures that celebrate, reward and support academic teaching achievement at universities participating in the survey. The survey is designed to help universities understand the experiences and perspectives of their academic community of how teaching is rewarded and supported. It will also allow universities to understand how the experiences and perspectives of their academic population compare to those at peer institutions worldwide.
Some participating universities have made changes, or are considering making changes, to how teaching is supported and/or recognised within academic careers. It is hoped the survey will provide helpful information about how university teaching is regarded by staff over time.
Institutions participating in Stage A of the survey include Aalborg University (Denmark), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), DTU (Denmark), Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), Leiden University (Netherlands), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile), Skoltech (Russia), SOAS University of London (UK), TU Delft (Netherlands), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Edinburgh (UK), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), University of Twente (Netherlands), University of Western Sydney (Australia), Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Wageningen University (Netherlands).
Thirteen institutions participated in the survey in January and February 2019. Remaining institutions will take part in October/November 2019.
The research is funded by a consortium of the universities participating in the survey, with additional support provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.
The survey is open to all members of the academic community who hold a contract of employment with their university: PhD students (if engaged in a teaching capacity) and post-docs, faculty (tenured and non-tenured), individuals employed in education-focused roles, and academic leaders (such as disciplinary Deans and department heads). In addition to basic demographic information (gender, post, academic discipline and length of time working at the university), the questionnaire captures feedback on the attitudes, aspirations and experiences of teaching of the academic population.
The questionnaire takes around six minutes to complete and is written in English. It will be made available on this website as an open-source resource on completion of the project in 2023.
The survey data is collected and stored by the external research team. Survey data will not be shared with participating universities – only aggregated findings from it. It will be collected and exported via SurveyMonkey (a GDPR-compliant platform). It will be stored securely in Egress Secure Workspace until after the third survey in 2023 and then securely deleted after completion of the study. The data will be used only for this research and will not be shared with any third party. The Privacy Notice for the Teaching Cultures Survey is available here.
Universities will be given analysed findings derived from their data, rather than the raw data itself. They will also receive comparative analysis – looking at their University’s findings against the wider data set of amalgamated findings from across all universities participating in the survey. Analysed findings will not contain personal data. In the aggregated findings provided to universities, care is also taken to maintain anonymity in case individuals may be identifiable by their profile: groups and categories (such as by role, gender or discipline) are collapsed with similar groups where the population size is five or less, or where 100% of participants in a group provided the same response.
There are two key project outcomes:
If a university would like to participate in a future stage of the Teaching Cultures Survey, please send a request and contact details through the 'Contacts' page of this website. After the project is completed in 2023, the survey questionnaire will be made available on this website as an open-source document for other universities to use.
Further information for participating universities is provided on this page.
In the email invitation asking if members of the university's academic population would like to complete the questionnaire, an accompanying information leaflet is provided (see here for a sample information leaflet).