Three-stage study (2018–2023)

The study comprises three cross-sectional surveys conducted in 2019, 2021 and 2023, each using the same questionnaire. Universities will need to take part in the 2019 survey in order to take part in subsequent surveys. On completion of each survey, two sets of outputs will be available:

  • universities will be given access to confidential survey results from their institution, together with amalgamated results from all participating institutions. Where the number of survey participants in a particular group (e.g. a discipline group) is small, categories will be combined to protect anonymity;
  • a summary of selected and anonymised findings from amalgamated results from all participating institutions will be made available on the project website.

Key highlights will also be summarised in a short report at the end of the project. Care will be taken to ensure that no institution-specific information can be inferred from the amalgamated data.

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Survey preparation (June–December 2018)

Outlined below are the key steps taken to prepare for the Teaching Cultures Survey, undertaken in late 2018

June–Oct 2018

Securing agreement of first group of universities to participate in the survey: top-ranked universities with a particular commitment to teaching and learning from a range of countries worldwide were prioritised. Many participating institutions have recently made, or are planning to make, changes to how they support, evaluate and/or reward teaching achievement.

Sept–Dec 2018

Design and test of the survey instrument: A short questionnaire was developed, designed to take six minutes to complete. In addition to basic demographic information (e.g. gender, post, academic discipline), it was designed to capture feedback on the attitudes, aspirations and experiences of the teaching culture of the academic community. Pilot interviews with a range of academics from the initial group of participating universities were used to ensure the questionnaire’s comprehensibility, coverage, length and structure, as well as its applicability across different institutional contexts.

Stage A of the survey (2019)

Listed below is the project timeline for Stage A of the Teaching Cultures Survey, which will be undertaken during 2019. The surveys, data analysis and reporting for Stage B and Stage C will be undertaken in 2021 and 2023 respectively.

Jan–Feb 2019

Survey distribution and data capture: versions of the questionnaire, tailored to each institutional context, will be launched across the first 13 universities participating in Stage A of the project. It is anticipated that a second group of universities will be participating in the survey at a later point in the academic year.

March–May 2019

Data analysis: data from the first 13 institutional surveys will be brought together for analysis. The analysis will consider both overall patterns and the differences in perspectives and experiences by respondent demographic (gender, seniority, role, discipline, etc.) and (where institutional anonymity can be protected) by institution type and broad geographic region.

May–July 2019

Data visualisation, documentation and circulation of findings: drawing on the survey outcomes from the first group of participating universities, two sets of materials will be prepared. The first will be a global analysis of the amalgamated data set. The second will be a summary of the survey findings from each participating university, as compared to the amalgamated data set, provided to the relevant university. Selected findings from the amalgamated data set will be made available on this web site.

Later in 2019, an additional group of universities are likely to participate in Stage A of the survey.