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Wider context survey 2010 launched!

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The second annual wider context survey for the Researchers of Tomorrow project has been launched!

Over 95 HEIs are participating across the UK. The survey aims to capture trends in research seeking and information behaviour across Generation Y students and older doctoral students, who will provide a benchmark against which to compare Gen Y.

Doctoral students of all ages, all subject disciplines and all HEIs are encouraged to complete the survey, with a chance of winning a cash prize voucher!

To complete the survey go to:

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 July 2010 09:59

Male doctoral students required from the Sciences or Social Sciences!

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What is this?

Researchers of Tomorrow is a 3-year study into the information-seeking and research behaviours of Generation Y doctoral students.

One component of the Researchers of Tomorrow study is a 2.5 year longitudinal qualitative tracking study of a cohort of 70 ‘Generation Y’ doctoral students from across the UK. Generation Y students are those born after 1982. This cohort are blogging, chatting and getting involved with different activities on a private and tailor-made Moodle site (online) and face-to-face. We are looking now for new students to add to the existing group…

What is expected of participants?  

  • Write one blog every couple of weeks and/or in response to specific questions posted by the research team about doctoral study;
  • Get involved with discussion forum debates about your doctoral studies and research behaviour
  • Stimulate questions, information sharing and ideas among fellow participants where relevant and participate in other activities (e.g. widgets, surveys)
  • Attend annual workshops/events when possible
  • Participate in short individual research conversation with a researcher once a year

We don’t burden participants and, beyond the minimum, your level of participation is up to you! 

What now?

If you are interested in getting involved, please check that you qualify:

  • What is your year of birth? (must be 1982 or after)
  • Were you educated for at least 7 years in a UK secondary school?
  • Are you currently enrolled as a full-time doctoral student?
  • Are you studying within either the Science, Technology and Medicine or Social Science disciplinary areas?
  • Are you scheduled to complete your doctorate no earlier than June 2011?

If your answers are all positive, please email Louise Wetheridge at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 020 7247 3370 and include your replies and personal details in your response. 

Thank you.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 12:33

First Annual Report

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The first Annual Report on the work of the Researchers of Tomorrow project, including findings from the national wider context survey and contributions from the Generation Y qualitative research cohort, is now available.
Download this file (RoT Year 1 report final 100622.pdf)Researchers of Tomorrow Annual Report 2009-10 716 Kb 28/06/10 12:24
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 July 2010 09:56

About the Researchers of Tomorrow project

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Researchers of Tomorrow: A three year (BL/JISC) study tracking the research behaviour of 'Generation Y' doctoral students

Education for Change, in collaboration with The Research Partnership, has been engaged by the British Library and the JISC to undertake a groundbreaking 3-year study on the research behaviour of the 'Generation Y' scholar.

The study is tracking young doctoral students' (those born between 1982 - 1994) information-seeking behaviour, analysing their habits in online and physical research environments and assessing their usage of library and information sources on and off line. 

On this site we share information and updates about the project. This site is managed by Education for Change. 

Download this file (Note about trackers study.pdf)Note about trackers study 104 Kb 14/07/09 15:33
Download this file (Note on research populations for Researchers of Tomorrow_2.pdf)Research populations for Researchers of Tomorrow 95 Kb 14/07/09 15:49
Download this file (Preparatory Focus Groups summary of issues.pdf)Focus Groups issues 79 Kb 14/07/09 15:51
Download this file (Questionnaire_wider context survey.pdf)Questionnaire for wider context survey 179 Kb 14/07/09 15:51
Download this file (EfC Presentation Researchers of Tomorrow for ASLIB.ppt)Presentation to 'Supporting Researchers'_Aslib_2010 768 Kb 01/06/10 14:03
Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2009 12:43
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A separate interactive Moodle site for the Trackers group of researchers in the Researchers of Tomorrow Study has been launched in July 2009. Read more about it here.