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 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), 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), University of New South Wales (Australia), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), University of Twente (Netherlands), and Wageningen University (Netherlands). A second group of universities is expected to participate in Stage A of the survey later in 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 is not collecting personal data such as names and ages. Only the research team (and not the participating universities) see the data, so it is unlikely any individual will be identifiable in the survey data. The survey includes some background questions on the participant's role, gender, discipline, and how long they have worked at the university, to make it possible to look at any differences across groups. All other questions ask for respondents' views of how the university currently supports and rewards teaching as part of an academic career. Because names are not collected, it will not be possible for the university to know who has participated.
The survey data is collected and stored by the external research team. Participating universities will not have access to it. It will be collected and exported via SurveyMonkey (a GDPR-compliant platform). It will be stored securely 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.
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.