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Project Title: Inclusion Matters - Northern Power: Making Engineering and Physical Sciences Research a Domain for All in the North of England

 

The overarching aim of the Northern Power Inclusion Matters study is to shape an actively inclusive culture in the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) community (academic and beyond) in the North of England that supports, drives and sustains greater equality for all, including traditionally under-represented groups (e.g., women, disabled people, LGBT+, and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) scientists). Participation in the Northern Power Inclusion Matters project is being promoted to people who identify as being in one or more of these under-represented groups.

 

The study has received ethical approval from the Ethics Committee, School of Education of Durham University. The rights and responsibilities of anyone taking part in Durham University research are set out in our ‘Participant Charter’: 

 

Before you decide whether to agree to take part it is important for you to understand the purpose of the research and what is involved as a participant. Please read the following information carefully. Please get in contact if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information by emailing inclusion.matters@durham.ac.uk

 

There are opportunities based around five areas. Information about the areas and detailed information sheets about: what is involved in each activity; the purpose of the study; eligibility; and risks of participating are available on the main project webpage and webpages for each activity .

  1. Shared Characteristics and Interests Mentoring
  2. Reciprocal Mentoring 
  3. Online Platform
  4. Networking and Leadership Development 
  5. University Industry Collaborations 

Do I have to take part?

Your participation is voluntary and you do not have to agree to take part. If you do agree to take part, you can withdraw at any time, without giving a reason.  Your rights in relation to withdrawing any data that is identifiable to you are explained in the accompanying Privacy Notice.

What happens next?

If you wish to take part in the Northern Power Inclusion Matters project, you should complete the online registration form which has two parts:

1. Registration Information

Details about yourself, why you wish to participate and which activities you wish to take in, in order of preference.  A subset of this information will be used by the Participant Allocation Panel to allocate places on activities.

2. Baseline Evaluation Information

An essential part of this project is the evaluation of the activities to understand the impact of the project for participants. The evaluation is being carried out by a team of researchers from Durham University and Northumbria University. The information you provide in this section will be used for evaluation purposes only and not shared beyond the evaluation team.

 

The evaluation will also be analysing information and policies from the participating HEIs and conducting interviews with key staff within these organisations to assess the wider impact of the project. During the course of the project, additional evaluation information will be collected from participants which will be matched with the information provided in the registration form and evaluation questionnaire.  This is to enable a detailed analysis of the impact of different elements of the project. Please note that the information in the Baseline Evaluation Information section will not be used in the process of selecting participants for activities

 

Allocation to activities

After the Participant Allocation Panel has met to allocate participants to activities, you will be contacted and have the opportunity to accept or decline to participate in the activity. At this stage you may also be asked to provide some additional contextual information to support your participation in the activity. Please note that all participants will have access to the online platform, whether or not they are participating in another activity.

Will my data be kept confidential?

All information obtained during the study will be kept confidential.  Information which is specific to the evaluation will not be shared with other activities in the project and where information is to be shared, we will always make it clear to you which information will be shared beyond the evaluation team.  If the data is published it will be entirely anonymous and will not be identifiable as yours.  Full details are included in the project Privacy Notice.

What will happen to the results of the project?
We expect the outcomes of this project will fundamentally influence and shape policy and practice across the partner Universities and beyond in relation to increasing diversity in the EPS community.  Reports, academic publications, other outputs and conference attendance are some of the dissemination activities which we will utilise to effect better working practices as a whole across the sector.

The end date of the project is 30 November 2020. All research data and records needed to validate the research findings will be stored for 10 years after the end of the project.

Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns about this study?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this study, please email inclusion.matters@durham.ac.uk.  If you remain unhappy or wish to make a formal complaint, please submit a complaint via the university's Complaints Process.

 

Thank you for reading this information and considering taking part in this study.