Natural History Museum Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 on Natural History Training

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is undertaking a study as part of its Urban Nature Project looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed natural history training in the UK over the last 12 months, and how the impacts of the last year may continue to change training delivery in the future. As we all know, the pandemic has created many challenges, but potentially also some opportunities to develop new ways of reaching out and sharing skills with new as well as existing audiences.

As the starting point for this study, the NHM has produced a short questionnaire, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, looking at how the pandemic has changed training delivery particularly in identification skills training across the natural history sector.

The questionnaire is focused on adult informal and formal (including CPD) training delivery rather than university students, schools and children/family audiences so please answer with this in mind.

NHM have deliberately avoided any questions which might be commercially sensitive, in the hopes that many of you will be willing to share your experiences and thoughts on training delivery during the pandemic. If commercially sensitive information such as exact course costs etc are included in responses, these will be removed from any reporting to maintain parity of information shared. No specific company/institution or individual names will be attributed to any answers within this report.

As a result of this questionnaire the NHM will produce a short report which will be shared directly, and made available on their website.

The questionnaire will close on the 17 March.

Respond to the questionnaire