Dr Siobhan MacAndrew

Survey of what makes poetry enjoyable

As with all surveys there are some official details to be dealt with before you start

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This survey is carried out under the auspices of Abertay University Dundee. I must adhere to regulations for consent to participate and data protection law. Please read the following information before participating.


What is the research about?

I invite you to participate in a research project about your personal responses to various characteristics of English poetry. The decisions you make in this survey are a matter of personal taste. Please note that this survey reveals nothing about intelligence or emotions, there are no 'correct' or 'incorrect' answers, and no trick questions.

Poems are constructed using a set of 'rules' that determine the sound and the appearance of the work. For instance, there are several different types of rhyme in English and people will differ in the extent to which they enjoy these. One example is a masculine rhyme which is one syllable (beach, screech) while another is a feminine rhyme which has two syllables (avoid, annoyed).

The survey allows me to translate mental responses (your opinions about poems) into numbers. I will then use these numbers to perform statistical analyses on groups of participants and not on individuals. These calculations will allow me to compare and contrast certain patterns of choices made by the people who undertake the survey. I might, for example, find that those who enjoy feminine rhymes are more likely to enjoy limericks than those who do not like feminine rhymes.

Do I have to take part?

This communication has been written to help you decide if you would like to take part. Even if you do decide to participate, you will be free to withdraw thereafter at any time without providing a reason. However, since your answers are anonymous, if you change your mind about participation after you have completed the survey, I will not be able to find your data and remove it from my records. By that point your responses will be part of a completely anonymised data set.

What will I be required to do?

If you decide to participate you will complete a survey of 35 questions which takes 10 - 20 minutes to complete. The questions offer a range of answers from 'Dislike very much' to 'Like very much'. I would also ask you to think carefully to make sure you avoid simple giving a 'neither like nor dislike' answer to all questions unless it genuinely describes your opinion for each question.

Future use of findings

This survey will assist me in designing a more wide-ranging experiment investigating responses to poetry and the psychology of language production and understanding. The results of the survey will be published on siobhanmacandrew.com.

How will you handle my data?

Your data will be stored in an anonymised form and will only be accessible to SIOBHAN MACANDREW, whose contact details are s.macandrew@abertay.ac.uk. This means that nobody including the researcher could reasonably identify you within the data. Your data will be stored in Abertay University. Your responses are treated in the strictest confidence - it will be impossible to identify individuals within a dataset when any of the research is disseminated (e.g. in publications/presentations). Abertay University acts as Data Controller (DataProtectionOfficer@abertay.ac.uk).

Retention of research data

All researchers at Abertay are obliged to retain research data for up to 10 years' post-publication, however your anonymised research data may be retained indefinitely (e.g., so that researchers engage in open practice and other researchers can access their data to confirm the conclusions of published work). Consistent with our data retention policy, researchers retain consent forms for as long as we continue to hold information about a data subject and for 10 years for published research.

Consent statement:

Abertay University attaches high priority to the ethical conduct of research. Please consider the following before indicating your consent on this form. Indicating your consent confirms that you are willing to participate in the research, however, indicating consent does not commit you to anything you do not wish to do and you are free to withdraw your participation at any time. You are indicating consent under the following assumptions:

* I understand the contents of the participant information sheet and consent form.

* I understand that my participation is entirely voluntary and that I can withdraw from the research (parts of the project or the entire project) at any time without penalty and without having to provide an explanation.

* I understand who has access to my data and how it will be handled at all stages of the research project.

I consent to take part in this study conducted by Dr Siobhan MacAndrew who intends to use my data for further research

examining personal responses to certain characteristics of English poetry.  



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Privacy notice and legal basis for processing:

Abertay University (the “University”/”we”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (or any successor legislation) and (EU) 2016/679 the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) (and any other directly applicable EU regulation relating to privacy) (together “Data Protection Law”). This research has been approved by the Ethics Committee of Abertay University. The researcher adheres to the Ethical guidelines of the British Psychological Society and the principles of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The Abertay University Privacy Notice for Research Participants is available at https://www.abertay.ac.uk/legal/ . General information on Data Protection law is available from the Information Commissioner's Office.

For research involving living humans, the Data Controller adheres to, and collects, processes and handles/archives data in compliance with:

Article 6 (1) e: processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Article 9 (2) j: processing is necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes in accordance with Article 89(1) based on Union or Member State law which shall be proportionate to the aim pursued, respect the essence of the right to data protection and provide for suitable and specific measures to safeguard the fundamental rights and the interests of the data subject.

Where applicable, this form is prepared in consultation with Article 13 of EU GDPR legislation, detailing the information to be provided where personal data are collected from the data subject.

If you have concerns about this research, please contact researchethics@abertay.ac.uk for enquiries (stage 1), or for more formal concerns (stage 2), please contact complaints@abertay.ac.uk. If you are not happy with the way your information is being handled, in the first instance, you should contact the University's Data Protection Officer (DataProtectionOfficer@abertay.ac.uk). If you remain unhappy with the response received from us, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF (https://ico.org.uk/).