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NUI Galway students are welcome to participate in a short student-led and student-designed research study in spring 2020.
Participant Information Sheet:
Research study Information:
The Meaning of Volunteering among students in NUI Galway
Principal investigator and Data Controller: Stephanie Murray
Principal investigator’s title: Occupational Therapy Student, 4th year, NUI Galway
Email of principal investigator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Controller’s/joint Controller’s Identity: Stephanie Murray and Dr Sinéad Hynes
Data Controller’s/joint Controller’s Contact Details:
Main researcher: Stephanie Murray Email: email@example.com
Research supervisor: Dr Sinéad Hynes Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Protection Officer’s Identity: Data Protection Officer, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway
Data Protection Officer’s Contact Details: email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in this study.
My name is Stephanie Murray and I am a final year student here in NUI Galway, studying Occupational Therapy. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take part in my final year research study ‘The Meaning of Volunteering among college students in NUI Galway. The study will commence on the 1st of December here in NUI Galway.
Before you decide whether or not you wish to take part, please read the information provided below. Take time to ask questions – don’t feel rushed and don’t feel under pressure to make a quick decision.
You should clearly understand the risks and benefits of taking part in this study so that you can make a decision that is right for you. This process is known as ‘Informed Consent’.
You don't have to take part in this study. If you decide not to take part, it won’t affect your future volunteering opportunities.
You can change your mind about taking part in the study any time you like. Even if the study has started, you can still opt out. You don't have to give us a reason. If you do opt out, rest assured it won't affect your volunteering opportunities with ALIVE.
Why is this study being done?
We know that NUI Galway is Ireland’s leading university for student volunteering with more than 4,000 registered volunteers. Each year thousands of students sign up to the ALIVE programme, volunteering with over 450 organisations, availing of hundreds of community experience opportunities. I am interested in finding out why.
I am asking the question - what is the meaning and value of volunteering occupations/activities for the college student population who participate in them?
In occupational therapy, an occupation refers to the everyday activities that people do as individuals and within communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to their life. Occupations include things people need to, and want to, and are expected to do.
This study aims to explore Volunteering as an occupation. This study aims to understand the meaning of volunteering among students at NUI Galway, by gaining insight into the nature, function, benefits and challenges of volunteering.
Who is organising this study?
The study is a small project being completed by me, Stephanie Murray, from the discipline of Occupational therapy in NUI Galway. The study is supported by NUI Galway and the ALIVE volunteering organization at NUI Galway.
Why am I being asked to take part?
You have been asked to take part in this study because you are a volunteer with the ALIVE organization at NUI Galway.
You can take part in this study if you are:
- An active volunteer
- Are a student at the National University of Ireland Galway
- If you are a volunteer on a more casual scale, volunteering now and then.
Unfortunately, you cannot take part in this study if you are:
- Under 18 years
- Cannot speak English
What can I expect if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part in the study the following steps should be taken as follows:
What if I do not want to take part?
You are free to decline to take part in this study. You are free to start the study and then withdraw at any time. This will not affect your volunteering opportunities with the ALIVE organisation.
Interviews & Audio-recording
You will be invited to take part in a short interview. The interview will be recorded with your permission. The interview will be written up word-for-word by the researcher, and you have the right if you wish, to review or change these written transcripts. The recorded interview will then be stored under password protection ensuring confidentiality. It will only be stored for a short time until it is typed up. After that time the audiofiles will be deleted.
How many participants are needed for the study?
The researcher of this study hopes to recruit a target number of 10 participants. However, in the case where new information is no longer arising following a number of interviews, recruitment will cease and your application to participate in the study will no longer be required. If this situation occurs, the researcher will inform you of this via email and thank you for your application.
What are the benefits for me in taking part?
You will help Occupational Therapists to understand the occupation of volunteering and its benefits and challenges.
What are the risks?
Time: The interview will last approximately 30-40 minutes.
Sensitive topics/personal information: Throughout the interview, topics such as ‘the influence of personal history on volunteering choice’ will be discussed. This may be upsetting for some individuals.
What do I need to know about confidentiality?
It is important that you know that:
What do I need to know about data protection?
It is important that you understand how your personal information will be gathered and used for this study. We are required by law to give you all this information before you make up your mind about whether to take part in this research or not.
Consent to Future Use:
The information you give in this study will be held anonymously for a period of up to 5 years in NUI Galway. All identifying details will have been deleted from this information.
Where can I get further information?
If you have any further questions about the study or if you want to opt out of the study, you can rest assured it won't affect your volunteering opportunities in NUI Galway.
If you need any further information now or at any time in the future, please contact:
Name: Stephanie Murray
Academic Supervisor: Dr Sinéad Hynes
Address: College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Discipline – Occupational Therapy
Contact details for participants that wish to avail of services:
Disability Support Service:
Address: Access Centre, Room AUC-1004, First Floor, Aras Ui Chathail, NUIG
Phone: +353 (0) 91492813
Service is open during term time Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Address: 5 Distillery Road (best to come early as we can get very busy and we see a maximum of 12 people during drop-in).
Phone: 091 492484
Student Health Unit:
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