Page 1: Participant Information Sheet

Adjustment to university for students with a diagnosed learning disability.

You are being invited to take part in a research study.  Before you decide whether or not to take part, 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


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to find out about students which have a diagnosed learning disability at all levels of university education. In order to participate you must have a diagnosed learning disability. This is to further research into understanding the adjustment to university of students with additional needs and to identify ways of making university a more engaging experience.


Do I have to take part?

No, 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 confirm consent. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason


What will happen if I take part?

If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete a survey concerning your adjustment to university and feelings toward having a learning disability affecting your university experience.


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

You may not get a direct benefit from taking part in this study.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no known risks to participating in this study.


How long will it take?

The study will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.


What happens when the study is finished?

Questionnaires are administered online and are therefore anonymised from point of contact. It will be impossible to identify you from any of your responses. At the end of the research, the anonymised data may be shared on a public data repository. The findings of this study will form part of the work towards a dissertation project. Findings may also presented at conferences.


What is “anonymised data”?

In this study, you will be completing a questionnaire online and will therefore not be personally identifiable. You will also not be asked to disclose any personally identifiable information.


Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

All the information we collect during the course of the research will be kept confidential and there are strict laws which safeguard your privacy at every stage. Your name will not be linked to the data so that you cannot be recognised from it.


What will happen to the results of the study?

The research may be written up and submitted to an academic journal for publication, or presented at an academic conference.


Who has reviewed the study?

The study proposal has been reviewed by the Psychology Ethics Panel at Queen Margaret University.


If you have any further questions about the study please ask the researcher now or contact:

Supervisor: Dr Vivienne Chisholm:                  0131 474 0000      

Independent academic advisor: Dr Stuart Wilson: 0131 474 0000


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