PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET
Study Title: Investigating the Impact of the Study and Practice of Coaching at an Undergraduate Level
Investigator(s): Dr Ashley Roberts (WBS, The University of Warwick), Dr Ioanna Iordanou (Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Rebecca Jones (Henley Business School, The University of Reading)
You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish.
(Part 1 tells you the purpose of the study and what will happen to you if you take part. Part 2 gives you more detailed information about the conduct of the study)
Please ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
What is the study about?
We would like to investigate the impact of your degree on both your working practices and career. As such, you have been selected as Warwick Alumni. We are looking to compare results with students at Warwick that elected a specific WBS module (‘Styles of Coaching and Team Leadership: An Interdisciplinary Approach’) and those that did not take the module. In order for us to be able to make this comparison, your response is therefore very much appreciated.
Do I have to take part?
It is entirely up to you to decide. If you choose to participate, then by submitting a completed questionnaire, you are giving your consent for the information that you have supplied to be used in this study and formal signed consent will not be collected. You will be free to withdraw at any time (for example, by closing the browser), without giving a reason and this will not affect you or your circumstances in any way. Should you wish to withdraw your data once you have submitted the questionnaire, then please e-mail the Principal Investigator within two weeks of this submission and this will be done on your behalf (Ashley.Roberts@wbs.ac.uk).
What will happen to me if I take part?
Should you wish to take part then follow the link on the email to the online survey. We anticipate that this survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Once the survey is submitted there is no additional involvement with the study.
What are the possible disadvantages, side effects, risks, and/or discomforts of taking part in this study?
The personality questionnaire will enable reflection on your studies and work and we do not anticipate that there will be any of the above risks in completing this online questionnaire. Should you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Research Governance (see part two for contact details).
What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?
Benefits from taking part in this online personality questionnaire include; reflecting on your studies/careers; the opportunity to create teaching-led research; to reconnect with your peers (allowing for networking opportunities); and to re-engage with the University as important Alumni; possible PR opportunities at the Shard-based event.
Expenses and payments
No expenses or payments will be made to you for the completion of the questionnaire. Instead, an invitation will be issued for completed questionnaires for you to attend a free drinks reception at WBS’s Shard base where a networking event will be held.
What will happen when the study ends?
Upon submission of your completed survey, you will be invited to attend the event at WBS London (provided that we reach our target of fully completed questionnaires). Please note that data will be anonymized upon receipt of the completed questionnaires. Data will be kept on (the securely encrypted) Qualtrics and then transferred to secure University servers at the earliest opportunity.
Will my taking part be kept confidential?
Yes. We will follow strict ethical and legal practice and all information about you will be handled in confidence. Further details are included in Part 2.
What if there is a problem?
Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm that you might suffer will be addressed. Detailed information is given in Part 2.
This concludes Part 1.
If the information in Part 1 has interested you and you are considering participation, please read the additional information in Part 2 before making any decision.
Who is organising and funding the study?
This research is being funded by WBS and organized by the Principal Investigator (Dr Ashley Roberts, WBS) along with researchers, Dr Ioanna Iordanou (Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Rebecca Jones (Henley Business School, The University of Reading).
What will happen if I don’t want to carry on being part of the study?
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Refusal to participate will not affect you in any way. If you decide to take part in the study, your submission of a completed questionnaire confirms your consent to participate. If you agree to participate, you may nevertheless withdraw from the study at any time without affecting you in any way (for example, by closing the browser), without giving a reason and this will not affect you or your circumstances in any way. Should you wish to withdraw your data once you have submitted the questionnaire, then please e-mail the Principal Investigator within two weeks of this submission and this will be done on your behalf (Ashley.Roberts@wbs.ac.uk).
Who should I contact if I wish to make a complaint?
Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might have suffered will be addressed. Please address your complaint to the person below, who is a senior University of Warwick official entirely independent of this study:
Head of Research Governance
Research & Impact Services
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76 522746
Will my taking part be kept confidential?
Please note that data will be anonymized upon receipt of the completed questionnaires. Data will be kept on (the securely encrypted) Qualtrics and then transferred to secure University servers at the earliest opportunity.
What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of this research will be disseminated to you during the anticipated event in the Shard. Should you not be able to attend then, any future research outputs (for example, journal publications) will be drawn to your attention in the future. Furthermore, we anticipate that the study is going to be submitted to academic journals and discussed at conferences/media releases. Please be assured of complete confidentiality here via anonymized data.
Who has reviewed the study?
This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the University of Warwick’s Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC): 32/16-17, 17/12/2017.
What if I want more information about the study?
If you have any questions about any aspect of the study, or your participation in it, not answered by this participant information sheet, please contact:
Dr Ashley Roberts
Assistant Dean, WBS
National Teaching Fellow (2014)
Principal Teaching Fellow: Organization and Human Resource Management
Warwick Business School
The University of Warwick
Office: +44 (0) 24 7652 4563
Thank you for taking the time to read this Participant Information Sheet.
Please follow the link in the email to your Questionnaire and Thank You once again for completing this survey. Here’s to hopefully seeing you at The Shard in London.