We'd like to invite you to take part in our research study. Joining the study is entirely up to you, before you decide we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you.

What is the purpose of the study? The current study will explore experiences of different staff members with caring responsibilities working at the University of Lincoln and attempts to understand how to improve support for staff with caring responsibilities.

Why have I been invited? You are being invited to take part because you are a relevant staff member within your organisation. We are inviting more than 320 participants like you to take part.

Do I have to take part? It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason, and without your legal rights being affected.  Your data will not be saved until the submit button is pressed at the end of the questionnaire, that means if you close the browser prior to completion of the questionnaire, your data will not be saved. However, once the questionnaire has been submitted it will not be possible to remove your data.

What will happen to me if I take part? You will be asked to fill in a self-report questionnaire regarding your experiences as a carer and perceptions of your working environment. Your participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes. There are no right or wrong answers: we are simply interested in your honest personal opinion and experiences. Your participation is completely anonymous and you may skip any question you do not wish to answer.

Expenses and payments: Throughout the study there will be a total of 5 prize draws, however most participants will not be paid to participate in the study. If you wish to be included in the prize draw, you will be asked to provide your contact details at the end of the survey. Your contact details will not be used for any other purpose, and they will be deleted as soon as all the books have been awarded (3 to 6 months).

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part? The project is considered low risk based on the topics and method. It is unlikely to be harmful or generate significant discomfort.

What are the possible benefits of taking part? By taking part in the study, you will be contributing to advance research on the impact of caring responsibilities. However, we do not know what the outcome of the study will be and cannot guarantee that you will gain any direct benefits from it.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential? We will follow ethical and legal practice and all information about you will be handled in confidence.

Privacy notice:The University of Lincoln is the lead organisation for this study. The university’s Research Participant Privacy notice https://ethics.lincoln.ac.uk/research-privacy-notice/ will explain how we will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will be the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

What will happen to the results of the research study? The results of the research study will be published in academic journals.

Who is organising and funding the research? This research is being organised by the Eleanor Glanville Centre (University of Lincoln).

Who has reviewed the study? All research conducted by the University of Lincoln is looked as by an independent group of people, called a Research Ethics committee, to protect your interests.

What if there is a problem? If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions.  The researchers contact details are given at the end of this information sheet. If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting ethics@lincoln.ac.uk.

If you feel that we have let you down in relation to your information rights then please contact the Information Compliance team by email on compliance@lincoln.ac.uk or by post at Information Compliance, Secretariat, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS.

You can also make complaints directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the independent authority upholding information rights for the UK. Their website is ico.org.uk and their telephone helpline number is 0303 123 1113.

If you need assistance filling out this questionnaire or would like further information, please contact the research team:

Leila Lamoureux llamoureux@lincoln.ac.uk ; Dr Mariana Pinho mpinho@lincoln.ac.uk ; Dr Mistrelle Ellmore mellmore@lincoln.ac.uk; Prof Mo Ray mray@lincoln.ac.uk; Rebecca Sanderson rsanderson@lincoln.ac.uk

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