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.
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.