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Interview Participation Information Sheet

Participant Information Leaflet for Interviewees

Study Title:

Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and employment after leaving the UK Armed Forces


Professor Clare Lyonette and Dr Sally-Anne Barnes (IER, University of Warwick); Ms Natalie Fisher and Ms Karen Newell (QinetiQ)


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. 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.

Who is organising and funding the study?

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has commissioned this piece of research.

What is the study about?

This research will examine the transition of Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) from all three Services into civilian employment (including full/part-time, self-employment, volunteering, or a combination of these). Recent studies have highlighted that SNCOs face particular challenges transitioning to civilian employment, and also that the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) resettlement package gives them less confidence than other groups of veterans in their ability to secure employment. This research will contribute to FiMT’s evidence base to understand this particular group’s unique transition challenges and will offer recommendations to influence relevant policy-making and service delivery.

What would taking part involve?

If you are happy to take part after reading this information sheet, please fill in the questions on the webpage and then send the form to us. At this point, your telephone number may be requested for the interview but this will not be passed on to any third parties and will be kept securely in a password-protected folder at the University of Warwick for the purposes of the research. We will then contact you to arrange a telephone interview to ask you about your own experiences of transitioning out of the Services (whether you are a SNCO or spouse/partner of a SNCO). The researcher will call you on the date and time agreed. The interview should last around 45 minutes and will be audio-recorded if you agree (if you would prefer not to be audio-recorded, just let us know beforehand and the interviewer will take notes during the interview).

You may be contacted at a later stage to be included as an individual, pseudonymised case study in the report. However, we will send you the draft case study beforehand and you will be allowed to make any changes you wish. You can also refuse to take part as a case study for the report and this will not affect your in any way.

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

It is anticipated that the final report will be made available to all participants: this will provide anonymised data on all participants’ experiences of transitioning from the Services (or their partners’ experiences), highlighting any barriers and any successes, and so give current and future SNCOs and their partners/spouses the opportunity to learn from others.

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

There are no anticipated risks to you as a research participant.

Expenses and payments

You will be sent a £15 Amazon gift voucher to thank you for your time after the interview.

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. All data from the recording and/or summarised notes will be psuedonymised and will be stored securely in a password-protected folder at Warwick University (all participants will be given a pseudonym or sequence number for the purposes of reporting, and any identifying information removed to ensure confidentiality). All contact details and consent forms will be safely stored and then destroyed securely. Only the researchers will have access to the data. No interview data will be transferred outside of the University, although the pseudonymised data will be discussed for analysis purposes with the named researchers at our partner organisation, QinetiQ.

If during the course of the interview you disclose anything which may highlight harm to you or to others, the interviewers have a duty of care to report this to the relevant authorities, but otherwise, your confidentiality will be maintained throughout.

Direct quotes may be used in the report but these will not identify you in any way.

What will happen to the data collected about me?

As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, such as this, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.

We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with data protection legislation. The University of Warwick will destroy telephone contact details immediately after the end of the project. Consent information will be kept securely for 10 years after the study has finished.

Research data will be pseudononymised as quickly as possible after data collection. This means all direct and indirect identifiers will be removed from the research data and will be replaced with a participant number. The key to identification will be stored separately and securely to the research data to safeguard your identity. It will be possible for us to withdraw your data up to 3 weeks after the data has been collected and this data will then be securely destroyed if you wish us to do so.

Data Sharing

We will share all pseudonymised data with named researchers at our partner organisation, QinetiQ, for the purposes of analysis, but they will have no access to your personal details after the interviews have been conducted.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. The University of Warwick has in place policies and procedures to keep your data safe.

This data may also be used for future research following review and approval by an independent Research Ethics Committee and subject to your consent at the outset of this research project.

Please refer to the University of Warwick Research Privacy Notice which is available here: or by contacting the Information and Data Compliance Team at GDPR at warwick dot ac dot uk.

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on being part of the study?

Participation is entirely voluntary, and a decision to withdraw participation from the study without giving a reason, will not affect you in any way. If you decide to withdraw from the study, please tell us before the interview and we will destroy your contact details securely and will not contact you again for the purposes of this research.

It will not be possible to withdraw your data which has already been collected, after it has been pseudonymised (3 weeks after data collection). To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible and keep the data secure in line with the University’s Information and Data Compliance policies.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be published in a final report and also a peer-reviewed article will be prepared for publication in an academic journal. FiMT is responsible for the publication of the final report but we would anticipate that all participants will be sent a copy, if they wish.

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).

Who should I contact if I want further information?

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: C dot Lyonette at warwick dot ac dot 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 House

University of Warwick



Email: researchgovernance at warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel: 024 76 522746

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer, who will investigate the matter: DPO at warwick dot ac dot uk.

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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

If you would like to be interviewed, please submit this form