About this survey

by participating in the 2018 Graduate Researcher Wellbeing and Course Experience Survey

Information about the WELLBEING Project
The University of Melbourne is currently implementing a plan to foster and sustain student and graduate researcher wellbeing. By participating in this survey, and answering questions about your university experience and general wellbeing, you will help us to better understand graduate researchers’ mental health needs and design effective strategies to support wellbeing. The survey is not designed for diagnostic or clinical purposes. By collecting general information about graduate researchers’ mental wellbeing and course experience, it is hoped this research will help to improve educational environments at The University of Melbourne. The findings of this study may also be shared with researchers from other universities, with the aim of improving graduate researcher wellbeing generally.

Participants in the 2018 Graduate Researcher Wellbeing and Course Experience Survey will be eligible to win one of 50 Coles-Myer vouchers each valued at $100!

It is not expected that the survey will cause any anxiety or distress. However, if you do experience any distress, please contact the University’s Counselling and Psychological Services on phone: 8344 6927 (https://services.unimelb.edu.au/counsel).The following organisations offer support and assistance for psychological distress: beyondblue.org.au (ph 1300 22 4636) ; lifeline.org.au (ph. 13 11 14); and orygen.org.au.

Please be assured that the survey is completely anonymous and no individual will be able to be identified from the data. The results of the survey will be reported as group data only and your confidentiality and anonymity will be protected to the fullest extent possible within the limits of the law. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any point in the survey. You can also leave blank any question you do not want to answer. The questionnaire will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.  

If you would like further information about the aims of this project, or to discuss your experience of completing the survey, please contact Associate Professor Chi Baik, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, cbaik@unimelb.edu.au or Associate Professor Wendy Larcombe, Melbourne Law School, w.larcombe@unimelb.edu.au.

There may be a supervisor-student relationship between some participants and one of the principal researchers. However, you can be assured that your anonymity is guaranteed, and that no responses can be traced to an individual student. As an additional measure to ensure that the researchers will have no knowledge of who participated in the survey, the file containing contact details provided for purposes of the prize draw will be accessed only by an independent Research Assistant and the winners will be notified by a professional member of staff. These steps ensure that participation in the survey will not affect supervision or assessment in any way.

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Email: HumanEthics-complaints@unimelb.edu.au. All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project

 HREC ID no. 1239160.3
This research has been funded
by University Chancellery Research and Enterprise, The University of Melbourne.

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