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Examining Beliefs about Gender in University Students
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The University of Worcester engages in a wide range of research which seeks to provide greater understanding of the world around us, to contribute to improved human health and well-being and to provide answers to social, economic and environmental problems.

My name is Lauryn Hancock and I will be undertaking this research. I am an Undergraduate Clinical Psychology student based at the University of Worcester.

I would like to invite you to take part in a research project which involves completing an anonymous online survey. Before you decide to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being carried out and what it will involve.

Please take time to read this document carefully. If there is anything that is not clear, or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at hanl1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk. The Supervisor of the research will be Berenice Mahoney, who can be contacted at b.mahoney@worc.ac.uk.

What is the purpose of the research?
This study aims to explore beliefs about gender in University students in the United Kingdom. I hope that this study will provide insight on what can predict gender beliefs in students.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you have chosen to select this link, you are a student at University in the United Kingdom, and aged over 18 years old. I am hoping to recruit at least 106 participants for this study.

What will happen if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part, the next page will consist of an anonymous survey with questions for you to answer. The survey has three sections on your demographic information, your sexual preferences, and your beliefs about gender. The questions in the first section will have a prefer not to say option if you wish to not answer these questions. The questionnaire should take between 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Deciding to take part or not will not impact on your studies at your University or have any consequences.

If you do decide to take part, you will be asked at the start of the survey to agree to a number of statements to indicate that you are over 18 years old, have read and understood this information and agree to take part in the survey. By submitting the survey, you are providing consent for the data you have given to be used in the study.

At the start of the survey you will be asked to create and make a note of a unique ID. This six character ID will be created by providing your initials along with the month you were born in, and a family member’s or friend’s initials.

You can withdraw from the study by closing the survey down without submitting your responses and your data will not be saved. If, however you want to withdraw your data after you have completed the survey, please email me at the address given at the end of this information sheet quoting the unique code, for up to 2 weeks after you have taken part. Your results will then be deleted. Please ensure that you make a note of my email address to ensure you can withdraw your data. However, by emailing, this will give up your anonymity, unless an email is used that can’t identify you.

What are the benefits for me in taking part?
Your participation in this study will contribute to predicting different beliefs about gender in students and having a better understanding of these beliefs.

Are there any risks for me if I take part?
By taking part in this research, you will be asked about your sexual preferences and your beliefs about gender. If this makes you feel uncomfortable at any point and you would like to talk to someone, you can call the LGBT Foundation’s Helpline service on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email helpline@lgbt.foundation, or you can also call or text the Samaritans on 116 123 for free 24/7, or email jo@samaritans.org. If you would rather, you can email me at hanl1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk or the Supervisor at b.mahoney@worc.ac.uk

What will you do with my data?
The data you submit will always be treated confidentially. No personal identifiable information will be obtained during or as part of the study. Your answers will be completely anonymous.

The research is being carried out as part of an Undergraduate project at the University of Worcester and the results will be presented in the form of an Undergraduate dissertation which should be completed by no later than the 30th of April. All or part of this research may be submitted for publication to academic and/or professional journals and present this research at conferences.

During the project, all data will be kept securely on a password protected storage site behind a firewall in line with the University’s Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data and its Information Security Policy. The data will only be accessible to the Researcher Lauryn Hancock and Supervisor Berenice Mahoney, overseeing this study at the University of Worcester. If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings or be given access to any publications, please contact me.

How long will you keep my data for?
At the completion of the project, I will retain your data in the anonymised form that it was collected until the project is completed. This anonymised data will be archived and shared in line with our Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact me at hanl1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk or the Research Supervisor at b.mahoney@worc.ac.uk.

Who has oversight of the research?
The research has been approved by the Research Ethics Panel for the College of Business, Psychology and Sport, in line with the University’s Research Ethics Policy.

The University is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and the University Data Protection Officer is Helen Johnstone. For more on the University approach to Information Assurance and Security visit: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/index.html.

If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact Karen Dobson at the University of Worcester, using the following details:

Karen Dobson
Secretary to Research Ethics Panel for College of Business, Psychology and Sport
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ