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Participant Information Sheet - Online Survey

Study Title: What are the return propensities of Nigerian medical doctors in the UK?
Investigator: Mohammed Abdullahi


You are invited to take part in an online survey as part of a PhD research study investigating the return propensities of Nigerian doctors in the UK. Before you decide whether to take part, 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. Please ask me (using the contact information given below) if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

Why have I been approached?

You have been approached because the study requires information from Nigerian doctors working in the UK.

Do I have to take part?

It is entirely up to you to decide. If you choose to participate in the online survey, you will be asked to complete a series of consent agreements at the start of the survey.

What will happen if I choose to take part?

If you are happy to take part after reading this information sheet, please continue with the survey. The survey will ask you about your experiences of working as a Nigerian doctor in the UK. The survey is completely anonymous. However, at the end of the survey, you will be invited to the second stage of this research study (interview or online focus group). If you agree to take part in the second stage, your name, telephone number and email address will be requested but this information will not be passed on to any third parties: it will be kept securely in a password-protected folder at the University of Warwick for the purposes of the research and will only be accessible to the Researcher.

What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?

Your views will contribute to the knowledge of Nigerian doctors’ experiences of working in the UK, and knowledge of return migration to Nigeria. It is intended that the knowledge gained will help to inform policy making on return migration to Nigeria. 

What are the possible disadvantages, side effects, risks, and/or discomforts of taking part in this study?

There are no anticipated disadvantages, side effects, risks, and/or discomforts of taking part in this study. 

Expenses and payments

There will be no expenses or payments available for participating in the survey.

Will my taking part be kept confidential?

Yes. The survey is being conducted using Qualtrics survey software. Qualtrics is ISO 27001 certified and FedRAMP authorised. All response data are stored in an EU data centre and encrypted using the industry standard AES-256 cypher. All data transmitted to the Qualtrics platform are encrypted using the industry standard TLS protocol.

All data will be anonymised and will be stored securely in a password-protected folder at the University of Warwick. In reporting of the findings, any identifying information will be removed to ensure confidentiality. No data will be transferred outside of the University. Direct quotes may also be taken from the survey data, but these will be anonymised. Only the research team (Research Supervisors, PhD Director, Administrator and the Researcher) will have access to the pseudonymised data.

Consent information will be kept securely for 10 years after the study has finished. If during the course of the survey you should disclose anything which may highlight harm to you or to others, the Researcher has a duty of care to report this to the relevant authorities, but otherwise, your confidentiality will be maintained throughout.

What will happen when the study ends?

A PhD thesis will be published; peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings may also be prepared for publication using the data collected. The pseudonymised data (data that doesn’t contain identifiable information of participants) will be stored securely at the University of Warwick and then destroyed after 10 years. Your contact details will be destroyed securely after the end of the project. For further details, see:

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 do agree to participate, you may withdraw from the study, without any consequences, and decline any further contact by the researcher after you withdraw.

If you change your mind about participating before submitting your survey responses, your data will not be stored and will not be used as part of this study. However, once you have submitted your survey, I will be unable to remove your anonymous survey responses. All survey data are recorded anonymously. Therefore, it will not be possible to remove stored data from the submitted surveys.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be published in a thesis and peer-reviewed articles may be prepared for publication in academic journals. Please inform the Researcher if you wish to be notified of the findings of this study.

Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Warwick’s Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC).

Who should I contact if I wish to make a complaint?

If you wish to make a complaint or raise concerns about any aspect of this study and do not want to speak to the researcher, you can contact:

Research & Impact Services

University House

University of Warwick




Tel: 024 76 522746

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 me via the email address:

What do I do now?

Think about the information on this sheet and ask me if you are not sure about anything. If you agree to take part, please proceed with the survey, which includes confirmation of your consent to participate.

Thank you for taking the time to read this Participant Information Sheet