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Exploring sexual orientation, gender identity, and students' experiences of university
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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. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done, what it will involve for you, what information I will ask from you, and what I will do with that information. I will, in the course of this project, be collecting personal information. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), covered by the Data Protection Act (2018), I am required to provide a justification (what is called a “legal basis”) in order to collect such information. The legal basis for this project is “task carried out in the public interest”.

Please take time to read this document carefully. Feel free to ask myself, the researcher (Chloe Allen; allc1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk), any questions you may have and to talk to others about it if you wish.
I would like to invite you to take part in a research project which involves completing an anonymous online survey.

What is the purpose of the research?
This study aims to investigate the relationship between sexual orientation, gender identity, and students’ experiences at university.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are an undergraduate student registered at a UK university. I am hoping to recruit 119 participants for this study.

What will happen if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be asked to:
• generate an anonymised identifier to keep your data anonymous and secure
• answer a series of questions anonymously about your sexual orientation, gender identity, and experiences of university
• this will take approximately 20 minutes

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 or academic performance, nor will any financial rewards be given for participating.

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. There will be an additional consent form to complete at the start of the survey

What are the benefits for me in taking part?
By participating in this research, you are helping to increase the body of knowledge around LGBT+ issues as well as student wellbeing.

Are there any risks for me if I take part?
• The topics covered are sensitive, and this may cause you to become distressed
• You will be signposted to various organisations which can help if this happens.

What will you do with my data?
The data you submit will be treated confidentially at all times. 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 May 2020. We may submit all or part of this research for publication to academic and/or professional journals and present this research at conferences.

During the project, all data will be kept securely on the student researcher’s password protected laptop within a locked folder in line with the University’s Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data and its Information Security Policy. The data will be accessible to the student researcher (Chloe Allen) and supervisor (Dr Béré Mahoney).

How long will you keep my data for?
At the completion of the project, we will retain your data in the anonymised form that it was collected for 2 years. This anonymised data will be destroyed unless it is used within future publications. By agreeing to participate in this study you are agreeing for your anonymised data to potentially be used in future publication.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact me at allc1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk or my 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 Psychology 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