Page 1: Participant Information

Project title: WELL at Uni: Wellbeing and Experiences of Living and Learning at University

You are invited to participate in a study exploring student mental health at university. The study is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and has received ethical approval from the Ethics Committee at Durham University School of Education. Before you decide whether to agree to take part, it is important that you understand the purpose of the research and what is involved as a participant. Please read the following information carefully. Please get in contact if anything is unclear, or if you would like further information.

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of this study is to explore how higher education policies and practices impact on student experiences of mental health and wellbeing at university.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part in this study because you are enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student in the UK.

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 by exiting the page without giving a reason and without penalty. Your rights in relation to withdrawing any data that is identifiable to you are explained in the accompanying Privacy Notice.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete a one-time online survey. It is estimated that the survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. You can complete this survey in your own time on any computer. The survey will ask questions about demographic information, your lifestyle and physical health, your mental health and wellbeing, and your university experiences. You can omit any questions which you do not wish to answer. If you complete the survey you will have the option to enter into a prize draw with a chance of winning a £50 voucher.

Are there any potential risks involved?

It is not anticipated that participation in this study will cause any harm. In the unlikely event that you become upset or distressed as a result of your participation in this study, you can contact Samaritans by freephone on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. Additional support service information will be available at the end of the survey. 

Will my data be kept confidential? 

The data you provide will be attached to a unique participant identification code that is stored and processed seperately to any identifiable information, and kept confidential to the research team.

What will happen to the results of the project?

The data collected in this project will be written up as part of a doctoral thesis which will be published open access. It will not be possible to identify individual responses. The research findings may also be disseminated through academic publications and conference proceedings. You will have the option to request a summary of the research findings. All research data and records will be stored no longer than the life of the project. 

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

If you have any further questions about this study, please contact the researcher or their supervisor using the contact details below. If you wish to make a formal complaint, please submit a complaint via the University’s Complaints Process.

Researcher: Michael Priestley, PhD Student
Department: School of Education, Durham University, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA
Contact Details: michael.j.priestley@durham.ac.uk

Supervisor Name: Sophie Ward, Associate Professor
Supervisor Contact Details: s.c.ward@durham.ac.uk

Thank you for reading this information and considering taking part in this study. Please read the following statement and select 'I consent to participate in this survey'. 

1.1. I confirm that I have read and understood the participant information. I understand that my participation is voluntary and my responses will be anonymised and handled in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR]. I understand who will have access to the personal data provided, how the data will be stored, and what will happen to the data at the end of the project. I understand that I have the right to withdraw from this study at any time without giving a reason and without penalty. Required