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Participant Information Sheet

The title of the research project

Postgraduate researcher (PGR) pilot wellbeing initiatives

What is the purpose of the research/questionnaire?

You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

The aim of this PhD research study is to coproduce, trial and evaluate wellbeing initiatives for PGRs. The first phase of the study explored the factors impacting the wellbeing of PGRs at BU. The second phase of the study used PGR focus groups to refine the ideas; discussing their relevance and acceptability. The third phase of this research is concerned with testing the following pilot initiatives: a virtual mindfulness group, virtual project planning support and virtual mentoring. Participating in the short-term interventions may also encourage peer-support between the group members.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen to take part as a PGR from BU. The researcher aims to recruit a maximum of 8 PGRs for each initiative. PGRs will be able to take part in one of the three initiatives, choosing the initiative they would most like to take part in by registering via this survey.

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 have access to this information sheet to read. You can withdraw from participation at any time and without giving a reason, simply by closing the browser page. Please note that once you have registered to take part in the initiatives you may still withdraw from the study by emailing the researcher. If you express that you no longer want to take part, your data will be removed from the study. Deciding to take part or not will not impact upon your research degree at BU. If you do choose to register to take part in one of the initiatives, you will be sent further information via email.

How long will the questionnaire/online survey take to complete?

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

What are the advantages and possible disadvantages or risks of taking part?

Whilst the benefits for those participating in these pilot initiatives are not yet known, it is hoped that participants will benefit from peer-support and will build relationships with other PGRs in the process. If these initiatives prove to be effective in supporting PGRs and benefitting their wellbeing, then these initiatives may be trialled on a larger scale for future PGR students. 

What type of information will be sought from me and why is the collection of this information relevant for achieving the research project’s objectives?

This survey will include a range of demographic questions and allow you to chose which one of the three initiatives you would most like to take part in. You will also be asked to provide your BU email address; this is essential to contact you with further key information about the study and to facilitate the online initiatives. Once you have registered, you will be given a participant identifier code to pseudo-anonymise your data. Only the researcher will be able to attribute your participant identifier code to your data.

Use of my information

Participation in this study is on the basis of consent: you do not have to complete the survey, and you can change your mind at any point before submitting the survey responses. Once we receive your survey response, your personal information is processed in compliance with the data protection legislation. We will use your data on the basis that it is necessary for the conduct of research, which is an activity in the public interest. 

BU is a Data Controller of your information which means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it appropriately. BU’s Research Participant Privacy Notice sets out more information about how we fulfil our responsibilities as a data controller and about your rights as an individual under the data protection legislation. We ask you to read this Research Participant Privacy Notice so that you can fully understand the basis on which we will process your information.

Sharing and further use of your personal information

As well as BU researcher working on the research project, we also need to share personal information (email address) in non-anonymised for with the initiative facilitators. This is essential to enable the facilitator to include you in the online workshops.

The information collected about you may be used in an anonymous form to support other research projects in the future and access to it in this form will not be restricted. It will not be possible for you to be identified from this data.  Anonymised data will be added to BU’s BORDaR (a central location where data is stored) and will be publicly available.

Retention of your data

All personal data collected for the purposes of this study will be held for until the award of the research degree. Although published research outputs are anonymised, we need to retain underlying data collected for the study in a non-anonymised form for a certain period to enable the research to be audited and/or to enable the research findings to be verified.

Contact for further information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the researcher, Chloe Casey ( or the project supervisors: Dr Steve Trenoweth (, Dr Julia Taylor ( or Dr Fiona Knight (

In case of complaints

Any concerns about the study should be directed to the researcher or the project supervisor. If your concerns have not been answered by the supervisory team, you should contact Professor Vanora Hundley, Deputy Dean Research and Professional Practice at Bournemouth University by email to

1.1. I confirm that I have read and understood the information provided and I agree to take part in the study. Required