Information for Participants

Who can complete the survey?

Any undergraduate student at a UK university who is graduating in 2019.

Do I have to take part?

Your contribution to this research is very important, however, taking part is voluntary.

What does taking part involve?

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire three times over a six month period. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire each time. The first wave of the survey is being collected in June 2019. The second wave will be collected in September 2019 and the third wave will be collected in December 2019.

Can I choose to withdraw from the project?

You can choose to withdraw from the project at any time, without explanation.

If you would like to withdraw your email address from the research records please email

If you would like to withdraw your responses to any or all of the surveys, please complete the following form: This form is not used to identify you, only to locate your survey responses so that they can be deleted. 

What are the benefits of taking part?

The information gained from the project will provide valuable insights into the effect that graduating university has on individual wellbeing. It will inform the creation of an e-resource to support future graduating students. It may also be useful in informing university services and resources related to leaving university, as they can learn from your experiences. As a thank you for your time, you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win up to £50 in Amazon vouchers.

What are the risks of taking part?

No risks are foreseen as a result of taking part in this project.

Will my taking part be confidential?

No personal data or special category data is required from you in the completion of this survey. It has been designed to be anonymous and it is unlikely that you could be identified through the aggregation of your responses to different questions. The initial questions that ask you to provide the first three letters of your town of birth, first three letters of your mother or female guardian’s first name and day of birth are used so that responses can be tracked longitudinally through different phases of the research. They are not used to identify you.

 A second part to the survey does ask for your email address and this is your personal data. Your email address is only used to contact you to ask you to complete surveys in the later phases of the research. Neither the researcher or the University can reconcile your email address with any specific response you make to the main questionnaire. In providing your email address you consent (ie you take a positive action) to the researcher contacting you solely for the purposes of this research project (to ask you to complete questionnaires in later phases). You can withdraw your consent at any time and your email address will be deleted from the research records. The University respects your rights and preferences in relation to your data. If you wish to update, access, erase, or limit the use of your information please let us know by emailing If you wish to complain about the University’s use of your information please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer in the first instance by emailing You may also wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 The University of Dundee is the data controller for your personal information. Data is being collected using the JISC online survey service. Information on their data protection compliance can be found here - The University uses Microsoft Office 365 as its email platform and you will be emailed using their services. Your email address will be deleted from the research records at the conclusion of data collection (ie at the completion of the third phase of questionnaires) and any emails sent to you will be deleted from the researcher's email mailbox.

How will the information be stored?

All data collected will be securely stored in a password protected file on a password protected computer. They will be kept until the end of the study (expected completion date of end of 2020) then will be destroyed.

What will happen to the results of the project?

The information collected will contribute to a written thesis. It may also contribute to academic journal articles. You will not be able to be identified in any report or publication associated with the project. If you would like to know the results of the project please contact the researcher for a report.

Who has reviewed the project?

This study has been approved by the School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee at the University of Dundee.

What if there is a problem?

If you are unhappy about the project and wish to complain you can contact Shonagh McInnes. If you feel that your complaint has not been handled to your satisfaction you can contact the Lead Supervisor for the project Dr Beverley Searle.