1. About this Survey

The following survey explores your experience of working as a legal academic, as part of a project funded by the UK Legal Education Research Network and conducted through the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, in association with the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. This survey is part of a collaborative international study, which will survey both legal academics and law faculty administrators.

The results will be used to explore the factors that assist you in building your career and enacting your role, and to consider individual experiences of working in legal academia. The aggregate data from this survey will lead to academic publications, and will be stored for five years from the date of the last publication based on this survey. The data from this survey will only be used for this project.

Your responses will not be identifiable - responses will never be identified with you personally.

In this survey, we talk about 'casual', 'zero-hour' and 'sessional' academic staff. By this, we mean staff employed on a short-term contract, with unpredictable hours of work. We also talk about 'tenured' and 'permanent' staff. By this, we mean people employed in an ongoing and predictable arrangement. When we refer to 'contract' and 'fixed-term' staff, we mean those who have a predictable period of employment, that will need to be renegotiated at the end of the term of the contract.

The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please contact Alysia Blackham at lern.foi@gmail.com

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne (ID number 1646355.1). If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Fax: +61 3 9347 6739 or Email: HumanEthics-complaints@unimelb.edu.au. All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project.

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* 1. Please indicate how much importance you place on different aspects of academic work.

  Not important Slightly important Important Very important Critically important
Publish and disseminate your scholarly research.
Design and deliver effective teaching.
Engage with external collaborators and groups, such as business, the legal profession, community groups and others.
Undertake service or administrative roles within the university.
Supervise and graduate research students.
Lead groups, projects or initiatives.

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* 2. Thinking further about these core areas of academic activity, please estimate the proportion of time you spent on each of these activities in your last year of employment.

  Less than one hour per week Between two to five hours per week Between six to ten hours per week More than ten hours I do not  focus on this element
Publish and disseminate your scholarly research.
Design and deliver effective teaching.
Engage with external collaborators and groups.
Undertake service roles within the university. 
Supervise and graduate research students.
Lead groups, projects or initiatives.

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* 3. This set of questions asks you about your recent research activity and outputs.

  None 1 - 2 3 - 5 6 - 10 More than 10 N/A
How many peer-reviewed publications (including journal articles, books, book chapters) did you publish in 2015?
How many non-peer reviewed publications (e.g.  case notes, legislative comments, book reviews) did you publish in 2015?
How many grants have you applied for in the last two years?
How many grants have you received in the last two years?
Of the grants received in the last two years, for how many were you named Principal / Chief Investigator?
How many research students are you supervising?
How many research students have you graduated in the last two years?

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* 4. In this set of questions, you are asked about your teaching and learning responsibilities for 2015. In 2015, did your role include:

  Not part of my role A small part of my role A large part of my role My major responsibility
Designing and delivering lectures.
Supervising tutorials or skills sessions.
Coordinating other teachers or tutors.
Coordinating a full course. 
Designing assessments and curriculum activities. 
Organising extra-mural activities (e.g. moots)
Counselling students
Teaching administration (such as moderating or finalising results, addressing plagiarism and/or responding to requests for special consideration etc)

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* 5. How many pieces of student work did you mark in 2015?

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* 6. How many different courses or units of study were you teaching in 2015?

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* 7. With respect to your 2015 teaching responsibilities,  how many hours  would you have spent on the following in an average teaching week?

  None 1 - 3 4 - 8 9 - 15 More than 15 N/A
Direct instructional activities (e.g. lecturing, supervision, tutoring)
Marking student work
Attending meetings
Administration (e.g. reporting, course coordination)
Evaluating and revising curricula
Counselling and supporting individual students
Coordinating or assisting with student extra-mural activities or events (e.g. moots, open days, information sessions)
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