Information for participants

This page is intended to provide background information on the project and your participation in the research. If you would like any further information, contact details are provided at the end.
Background to the Project
Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate is a research project investigating the role that higher education can play in addressing the challenges of climate change. The project is a partnership between researchers in five countries – Brazil, Fiji, Kenya, Mozambique and the United Kingdom (UK) – and is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (a public body committed to improving quality of life through social science research and innovation), as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. It is led by University College London in the UK, and the lead institution in Fiji is the University of the South Pacific.
 
The project involves a survey of students in three universities in Fiji. The survey is intended to gauge attitudes towards climate change, as well as experiences of climate change in degree courses and in other activities carried out by the university.
 
Understanding the ways in which universities are currently addressing climate change in their teaching, research and community engagement activities, will help us plan more effectively in the future, and will be beneficial to the whole higher education sector. For example, universities may be able to reduce their energy costs and minimise wastage, or ensure purchasing is from sustainable local sources.  

The project has passed through ethical approval at University College London, and also in the University of the South Pacific.

Your participation
We would like you to take part in the survey. This will involve you completing a questionnaire with a series of questions about yourself, your views on climate change and your experiences of learning/working in the university. The questionnaire should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If you do decide to take part, we’re very grateful for your time, it will be a huge help to our research.
 
The answers that you give in the questionnaire are completely confidential, and will not be attributed to you personally.  None of the names of the participants will appear when we report on the research. All of the data will be kept secure on password protected computers throughout the course of the project, and only shared with other researchers on the project.
 
It is completely your decision whether or not you take part in the research. We hope it will be interesting to you, but if you decide not to, that’s fine. Also, you can change your mind and decide not to take part in the research at any point if you like, even once it has started, and your information will be deleted.
What will happen to the research
The results of this research will be used in different ways. We will be producing reports for the universities who have participated in the research, and will work with them to develop their current provision. We will also disseminate the results through conferences and seminars with other universities in the country who haven’t participated in the research. We will also publish the findings in reports, academic journals and blogs to reach people in other countries who are researching similar topics, or who are engaged in action around climate change or improving university systems around the world.

The information provided by you in this questionnaire will be used for research purposes.  It will not be used in a manner which would allow identification of your individual responses.  At the end of the project, anonymised research data will be archived at the UK Data Archive (a public repository for anonymised datasets).  This anonymised data will be available to other authenticated researchers in line with current data sharing practices.

Data Protection Privacy Notice
The controller for this project will be University College London (UCL). The UCL Data Protection Officer provides oversight of UCL activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at:
data-protection@ucl.ac.uk.

This ‘local’ privacy notice sets out the information that applies to this particular study. Further information on how UCL uses participant information can be found in our ‘general’ privacy notice:
For participants in research studies, click here.

The information that is required to be provided to participants under data protection legislation (GDPR and DPA 2018) is provided across both the ‘local’ and ‘general’ privacy notices.  The lawful basis that will be used to process your personal data are: ‘Public task’ for personal data. 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, or if you would like to contact us about your rights, please contact UCL in the first instance at: data-protection@ucl.ac.uk.

Contact Details
Please contact the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate research team if you have any further questions on this research.
The lead researcher for Fiji is Rosiana Lagi, the University of the South Pacific: rosiana.lagi@usp.ac.fj
The research associate for Fiji is Filipe Veisa, the University of the South Pacific: filipe.veisa@usp.ac.fj

The Principal Investigator of the project is Professor Tristan McCowan at UCL’s Institute of Education, University College London: t.mccowan@ucl.ac.uk.

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