Thank you for your interest in this research project. The project is led by Dr Stuart Read, who is a disabled academic and activist within the School of Education, Bath Spa University, UK. The project is funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE).
What is the research project about?
The purpose of this research is to better understand how disabled university students and staff experience higher education during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The research is also investigating what disabled students and staff think the higher education sector could look like following the pandemic.
What would my involvement mean for me?
We are currently conducting an online survey, which will take approximately twenty minutes to complete. The online survey is open to anyone aged 18 or older who feels they fit one or more of the following groups of people:
- Staff who are currently working at any higher education institution (in any role), and who identify as disabled or having a long-term health condition(s). For example, you may be a lecturer, researcher, or member of staff working in a professional services role.
- Students who are currently studying at any higher education institution, and who identify as disabled or having a long-term health condition(s). For example, you may currently be studying for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
- Individuals who identify as disabled or having a long-term health condition(s), and who were working or studying at a higher education institution during the COVID-19 pandemic, but who have now left. For example, you may have recently graduated or ended your studies, or started new employment outside of higher education.
This survey will ask for your thoughts on how the higher education sector is responding to disabled people/people with a long-term health condition(s) through the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey will also ask for your thoughts on how the higher education sector can better work with disabled people/people with a long-term health condition(s) to become more inclusive following the pandemic.
If you find online surveys inaccessible, you are welcome to provide your experiences in a different format. Please feel free to contact Stuart Read (email@example.com) to discuss your needs further.
What will happen to the information I provide?
Your responses to the survey questions will be downloaded and stored on a university password-protected computer drive. The responses that you have provided will only be viewed and analysed by the project team.
What are the benefits of taking part in this survey?
There are no immediate benefits to taking part in this survey. However, once the research is completed, on request, you are welcome to receive a project report that will be produced for the SRHE. In the longer term, we hope that this project will act as a platform for the higher education sector to work collaboratively with disabled people/people with a long-term condition(s), so that academia can become more inclusive following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are there any risks to taking part in this survey?
Through participating in this survey, you may wish to discuss your personal experiences of being a disabled person/person with a long-term health condition(s) in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for many disabled people/people with a long-term health condition(s), and so we recognise that sharing your experiences might be upsetting or cause you discomfort.
Therefore, you might find it easier to focus your answers on describing the experiences of general disabled people navigating higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than sharing your own personal experiences. We would ask you to only share what you feel comfortable in sharing.
Can I change my mind about participating?
You can leave the project without penalty and without having to give a reason, simply by exiting the survey. In doing so, any data that you entered prior to your withdrawal will be deleted.
If on completing the survey you decide that you no longer wish to participate, you are free to contact Stuart Read (firstname.lastname@example.org), and request that your data be withdrawn. However, please note that due to the anonymity of the survey, removal of your data may not be possible. Moreover, if you would like your data to be withdrawn, please note that this will only be feasible up to the point of data analysis.
Do you have permission to conduct this research project?
Ethical approval for this research project has been granted by the School of Education Research Ethics Committee, Bath Spa University (ref: 111021SR).
Who do I contact if I have any questions about the research project?
If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of the research, please do not hesitate to contact Stuart Read: email@example.com.
If you are interested in participating in this survey, please click Next, where you will be shown the consent form.