Participant Information and Consent Information

You are invited to take part in this research project, which will be submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Leeds Beckett University. Before consenting to this invitation, please read this Participant Information and raise any questions or concerns with myself (Tahira Hamid) at t.hamid@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

1. What is the purpose of the research?
The aim of the research is to develop strategies of embedding inclusive design into architectural practices.
 
The objectives of this research are, therefore:
  • To document the barriers faced in designing inclusive environments.
  • To measure the perceptions and attitudes of designers and their effect when designing inclusive environments.
  • Record the application of inclusive design legislation within architectural practices.
  • To investigate the measures for embedding inclusive design into the core of the design process


The following research questions are, therefore:
  • How do perceptions and attitudes of disability in the Architecture and Construction Industry effect designing inclusive environments?
  • How does disability legislation have an impact on designing inclusive environments?
  • How can the Architecture and Construction Industry encourage inclusive design in practice?
2.    Why have I been chosen to participate in the research?
As outlined above, this research paper will compile the opinions of industry professionals within the Built Environment in the United Kingdom. You have been invited to participate in this research as your skill set and experience will aid in the compilation of exploratory research including personal experience, opinions and motives.

3.    What will happen to me if I take part? What do I have to do?
As a participant, you will be required to answer a series of voluntary questions regarding inclusive design and disabilities. These questions can be responded to either through the questionnaire or if selected, in a 1 to 1 interview, face to face, over the phone or via email, dependent on your availability and schedule. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

4.    What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no foreseeable risks associated with taking part in this research.

5.    What if I change my mind?
If you are to have any concerns about the research being undertaken in this project you must contact the author in the first instance to handle any complaints at the following email: t.hamid@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

The Local Research Ethics Co-Ordinator (LREC) for this research is Dr. Neil Evans at Leeds Beckett University who is contactable at the following email: n.evans@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

6.  Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?
Your participation in this research will be kept confidential. Any data collected will be stored online, password protected and only accessible by the author and supervisors. Data collection of individual members will remain anonymous (i.e. your name and contact details). You may at any point request to withdraw your participation from this research. The process for this is to write an email stating your request to withdraw to t.hamid@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

7.    What will happen to the results of the research project?
Results of the research will be used as part of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, conferences, papers and journal articles.
 
Thank you for reading, please go to the next page to sign the consent form.

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