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Experiences of classism, academic motivation and well-being
Participant Information Sheet
You are being invited to take part in a psychological study on social class, well-being and academic motivations. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the work 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. Please contact Greig Inglis if you would like more information. Contact details are at the bottom of this page.

What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to explore students’ experiences of classism, well-being and academic motivation. Classism refers to stigma or discrimination based on a person’s social class. Social class is a broad term that may refer to a person's income, occupation or educational level, or that of their family. This study is being ran by researchers at the University of the West of Scotland.

Why have I been chosen?
This study is open to anyone who is currently an undergraduate or postgraduate student at a UK university. We are looking for people from all social backgrounds 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, then you are still free to withdraw at any time while you are completing the study by closing the study page on your browser. You may also withdraw any data that you have submitted to the study up to two weeks after completing the survey by contacting the lead researcher Dr Greig Inglis and citing a memorable word that you will be asked to provide during the survey.

What will happen to me if I take part?
If you decide to take part, then you will be asked to complete an online survey. This will involve answering questions about your socioeconomic background, experiences of classism and well-being. The survey takes around 10-15 minutes to complete.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
You will be asked to reflect on whether you have experienced various forms of classism in this survey. If this is a particularly sensitive topic for you, then you may find these questions upsetting. If this is the case, then we suggest that you do not take part in this study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
At the end of the survey you will have the option to enter a prize draw for a £25 Amazon.co.uk shopping voucher. If you would like to enter the prize draw then we will ask you to provide an email address. All email addresses will be stored separately from the survey responses to ensure your anonymity. One email address will be chosen at random to receive the voucher at the end of the study.

Data Protection Privacy Notice 
The data controller for this project will be University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The UWS Data Protection Office provides oversight of UWS activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at dataprotection@uws.ac.uk. UWS’s Data Protection Officer is Emma Cockrow and she can also be contacted at dataprotection@uws.ac.uk. Your personal data will be processed for the purposes outlined in this notice. The legal basis that would be used to process your personal data will be the provision of your consent. Your personal data will be processed so long as it is required for the research project. If we are able to anonymise or pseudonymise the personal data you provide we will undertake this and will endeavour to minimise the processing of personal data wherever possible. If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact UWS in the first instance at dataprotection@uws.ac.uk. If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/individuals-rights/

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of this study will be presented at scientific conferences and may be written up and published as an article in a scientific journal.

Who has reviewed the study?
University of West of Scotland Education and Social Sciences (ESS) Ethics Committee-Approval Number: 2020-13357-11645
The UWS ESS Ethics Committee can be contacted at ethicsSofE@uws.ac.uk 

If you require any further information please contact:
Dr Greig Inglis
Greig.inglis@uws.ac.uk
University of the West of Scotland,
High Street,
Paisley,
PA1 2BE
UK