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Career Pathway Tracker of 1,300 Royal Society alumni

Group of Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows on their induction day

To mark the 35th anniversary of the University Research Fellowship, and with over 20 years since the launch of the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, the Royal Society is taking the opportunity to undertake a major piece of work to determine the long term impact of fellowships on the careers and scientific achievements of our alumni.   

The longitudinal survey will periodically track the 1,300 outstanding researchers we have been proud to support since 1983.

The results will:

  • Discover the contributions our fellowships are making to the wider scientific landscape
  • Find out the long term impact on career choices
  • Create ideas to improve the support we offer through the fellowships
  • Help us continue to make the case for funding to support researchers at a pivotal early stage in their career.

The findings from the inaugural career pathway tracker will be available in 2018.


Who is conducting this research?

The Royal Society has commissioned the Careers Research Advisory Centre (CRAC) to lead on this piece of research. The survey itself is being conducted by the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) who are working with CRAC on the project.

Who will hold and store personal data?

The answers to the survey will be securely collected and recorded by our partners CRAC and IES in accordance with UK data protection regulations. This data will then be transferred to the Royal Society and where we have permission it will be linked to individual records. These records will be periodically reviewed in line with the Society’s policies and procedures.

Are responses anonymous?

We will report on our career pathway tracker through aggregated data only and will not reveal any identifiable personal information given to us in the survey within our analysis or reporting. All responses will be kept confidential to the Royal Society and to our trusted partners.

If additional consent has been given to use the responses as a case study, or to be interviewed, we may include personally identifiable information in the analysis and report, with approval. 

Who can I contact with any questions about this research and survey?

Please contact the Royal Society grants team on quoting career pathway tracker in the subject line.