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Education for Mental Wellbeing - Understanding Teaching Academics' Perceptions of the Relationship Between Curriculum Content and Wellbeing

University of Derby (@DerbyUni) | Twitter

As part of an OfS funded project to understand the relationship between the curriculum and student mental health, we are investigating how students respond to curriculum content, rather than the way it is taught. In this survey, we are interested in the perspectives of academic staff on curriculum content that may appear to cause emotional and psychological reactions such as loss of motivation, disengagement, frustration, or heightened levels of unhelpful stress.

This survey is also part of a larger piece of work on this topic. We plan to use the findings from the whole project to produce guidance for academics to help develop curriculum and pedagogy that can improve learning and wellbeing.

If you have any further questions or concerns about this research please email Gareth Hughes g.hughes@derby.ac.uk or Jo Jones (Head of Student Services) j.jones@derby.ac.uk

 

INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

What is this research project?

We are investigating how students respond to curriculum content, rather than the way it is taught. In this survey, we are interested in the perspectives of academic staff on curriculum content that may appear to cause emotional and psychological reactions such as loss of motivation, disengagement, frustration, or heightened levels of unhelpful stress.

Do I have to take part?

There is absolutely no obligation to take part in this research project. 

Why am I being asked to take part?

We are asking academics who teach undergraduate students in the UK to complete this survey.

If I agree to take part, what will I have to do?

You will be asked to complete a short qualitative survey, comprised of three question sets. The questions are mainly open text, you can provide as much or as little detail as you wish.

You will not be asked to share any personally identifiable data in this survey.

How will the answers I provide be used?

Your answers will be combined with the answers given by other participants and analysed for key lessons that we can learn.

The data will be aggregated and statistically analysed data will be used for the production of journal articles and conference presentations.

This survey is also part of a larger piece of work on this topic. We plan to use the findings from the whole project to produce guidance for academics to help develop curriculum and pedagogy that can improve learning and wellbeing.

Please note that if you consent to participate in this research you are agreeing to the information being used for these purposes.

How will the information be stored?

Your answers will be stored on a secure server that is protected by a password and only accessible by the research team. You will not be asked to share any personally identifiable data in this survey.

The answers you provide will be treated confidentially and you will not be identifiable in any reports or papers that are subsequently produced from the data we receive. 

Can I choose to withdraw my answers at a later date?

You will be asked to add a personal identifier when you complete the survey. Using this identifier you can choose to withdraw your data, providing you inform us within 2 weeks of the survey closing (4th October 2020).

GDPR Statement

Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and you are not required to answer any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering. Your consent is the legal basis with which we are collecting your data and, while this allows us to use your data, it also means we have obligations towards you to:

  • not seek more information from you than what is essential and necessary for the study;
  • make sure that you are not identified by the data by anonymising;
  • use your anonymised data only for the purposes stated;
  • store data safely in password-protected databases to which only expert researchers have access;
  • not keep your information for longer than is necessary;
  • safely destroy your data by shredding or permanently deleting them.


The University of Derby will act as the Data Controller for this study. This means that the University is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. Researchers on the project with access to the data are highly qualified and experienced and have been very careful to ensure the security of your data. The study was approved for its ethical standards by the AHE research ethics committees at the University of Derby. However, in the unlikely event that you feel you need to make a complaint regarding the use of your information, you can contact the Data Protection Officer at the University of Derby: Helen Rishworth +44 (0)1332 591954 or the Information Commissioners Office 0303 123 1113. Further information about the project can be obtained from Gareth Hughes (see below), at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB, UK.

Who can I speak to if I have questions or concerns about this research?

If you have any questions about this research you can contact:

Research Lead – Gareth Hughes g.hughes@derby.ac.uk or write to him at Student Wellbeing, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Student Services Manager – Jo Jones j.jones@derby.ac.uk or Tel: 01332 591314

This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.