What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to inform the development of University of Glasgow future student accommodation strategy. It will enable the inclusion of students’ subjective experiences of how Glasgow University student accommodation affects their wellbeing.
We think this will be valuable information for designing future student accommodation for positive student wellbeing.
Focus groups will be held in April, and the research project will be completed in early Summer 2018.
We are interested in students’ experiences of wellbeing while living in university accommodation, so we are recruiting participants from each University of Glasgow halls. If you live in Murano Street Student Village, Maclay Residences, Student Apartments, Kelvinhaugh Street, Queen Margaret Residences, Kelvinhaugh Gate, Cairncross House, Winton Drive, Wolfson Hall, or Lister House we want your input. 80-100 students will participate in the focus groups in total, about 10 from each Hall.
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw consent up until the 1st of May 2018 without giving a reason. However, please be aware that if you withdraw after the focus group has taken place, your responses will form part of a group audio recording. Whilst we will not be able to delete this, we will not include your responses in our data analysis or written report. After the 1st of May 2018, we will begin analysing data and will have already taken your responses into account.
During the focus group, you can refrain from answering any questions which may be of discomfort to you.
Refusing to take part, or withdrawing from the research after you have started, will not jeopardise your relationship with the researchers in any way. This research will have no effect on your University grades, or the accommodation you receive.
What will happen to me if I take part?
We will have one focus group session at each University of Glasgow student accommodation site, each lasting 1.5-2 hours. The focus group will have around 10 participants, and will include a semi-structured discussion section and a brainstorming section on the topic of your wellbeing in University housing. If you participate, you will be expected to attend the focus group session held in your accommodation in March. With your consent, the focus group will be audio-taped to help us with transcription and analysis.
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
All information which is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. Your name and contact details will be stored securely, accessible only to the researchers on this project. When we transcribe the audio-recordings from the focus groups we will not write down any names or personally-identifying information, but will replace them with pseudonyms. Your name will not be recorded in transcriptions of the focus groups, or the report we write at the end of the research project.
Participants will be asked to keep information from the focus groups to themselves, out of respect and to help ensure confidentiality.
Please note however that anonymity may not be guaranteed, due to the small participant sample size from each University accommodation.
Please note that assurances on confidentiality will be strictly adhered to unless evidence of wrongdoing or potential harm is uncovered. In such cases the University may be obliged to contact relevant statutory bodies/agencies.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of the research will be written into a report for Estates and Buildings and Accommodation Services to inform their strategy development. This report will be completed by June 2018. Data will be held for maximum 10 years, for use internally in the University only, and then will be destroyed. From June 2018 we can give you a summary of our findings on request (contact Leon.email@example.com).
You will not be identified in any report or summary of findings, as pseudonyms will be used.
Who is organising and funding the research?
The research will be conducted by GUEST (Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team).
The project has been requested by, and is receiving support from the Estates & Buildings Department (Stewart Miller and Nicola Cameron) and the Accommodation Services (Anne MacGregor).
GUEST (funded by the Chancellor’s Fund) and Estates and Buildings are funding this research.
Who has reviewed the study?
This research project has been reviewed by the College of Social Sciences Ethics Committee.
If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of this research project, you can contact the College Ethics Officer Dr Muir Houston at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for Further Information
If you would like to participate or want further information, please do not hesitate to contact me or my supervisor: Leon Hamilton - Leon.Hamilton@glasgow.ac.uk Supervisor: Professor Moira Fischbacher-Smith - Moira.Fischbacher-Smith@glasgow.ac.uk