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middlesex university students

PhD Research Project Title: Exploring relationships between learning differences and academic agency in Higher Education learning
Researcher: Andrew Dykes
Researcher's contact details: ad1281@live.mdx.ac.uk
Principal Supervisor: Dr. Victoria de Rijke
Supervisor's contact details: v.derijke@mdx.ac.uk

Research Participant Information Statement
  • You are being invited to participate in a research study but before you decide to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Take your time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please contact the researcher or the researcher's supervisor if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
  • If you decide to take part after reading this information sheet, you will next be asked to give your consent to the data that you provide being used in the research and following that you can access the research questionnaire.
  • The research questionnaire is asking about your attitudes towards your learning and your confidence in approaches to studying at university. Your answers will be providing valuable data for the research which is broadly exploring the relationships between academic agency amongst university students and how this is affected by learning differences such as dyslexia or other learning challenges.
  • All data that you provide is collected anonymously, you are not asked to identify yourself or provide any contact details and so everything that you report in the questionnaire cannot be attributed back to you as a named person at any time.
  • Participation in the research is entirely voluntary and if you decide to take part you can withdraw at any time without providing a reason. Even after you have completed the research questionnaire and sent it, you will still be able to anonymously request that the data you have provided should be removed and erased.
  • The research questionnaire comprises a number of question item statements which invite you to judge your level of concurrence (agreement) with them using a Likert-style responder. You should be able to complete the complete questionnaire in about 15-20 minutes. The data that it provides will form part of the analysis to inform the discussion section of the research study, which will conclude with a thesis to be submitted as part of this PhD research project and published on these webpages.
  • The ways in which the data will be used together with your rights as a participant are explained in the Research Participant Informed Consent Statement which follows this information sheet.
  • The data collection process of this research project has been approved by Middlesex University Education Department Ethics Sub-committee (July 2015) with documentation available for inspection here:link to ethics documents