Introduction

Hello and thank you very much for looking at my survey!

My name is Rosie Alexander, and I am a PhD student researching the higher education choices of Orkney and Shetland students. I live in Orkney and work as a careers adviser for the University of the Highlands and Islands but I am studying my PhD through the University of Derby.

This survey is part of the first stage of my PhD research, and through it I aim to gain an overview of the decisions of higher education students from Orkney and Shetland. If you lived in Orkney or Shetland before you started studying for a degree and if you are due to graduate in 2015 then I would be very grateful if you could complete this survey. It doesn't matter how old you are or what you did before you started your degree.

The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete, and collects only basic information about you, your course and your choices.

All responses to this questionnaire are confidential and will be used for research purposes only. You do not have to leave your name unless you want to. Follow up interviews will be conducted with some students, but you will not be contacted unless you have indicated that you are happy for this to happen.

If you would like any further information about the project please contact me at r.alexander@derby.ac.uk.

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