University of Nottingham
School of Psychology

Information Sheet

Research Project on The role of personality in attitudes and beliefs about whistle-blowing

Contact Details:
Researcher: Kiesha Bentley;
Supervisor: Dr Nadja Heym;

This is an invitation to take part in a research study looking into the relationship between personality and attitudes and beliefs about whistle-blowing. The reason you have been approached is because this study requires a large number of participants of a variety of ages, ethnicities, genders and occupations.

Before you decide if you wish to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Please take time to read the following information carefully.

If you decided to participate in this research study, you will be required to complete a survey and short computer based task. The survey will involve answering questions related to 3 scenarios and undertaking some of personality questionnaires. During the computer task, you will be presented with words and asked to categorise them into two given questions.

This task will be measuring how quickly you categorise them. The whole procedure, including completing the survey, will take up to 45 minutes.

It is important to be aware that some of the questions will be of sensitive personal nature (e.g., your beliefs and attitudes towards whistle-blowing). However, this study is totally voluntary and you are under no obligation to take part. You are free to withdraw at any point before or during the study. You can also skip some questions that you don’t want to answer. Furthermore, the data you provide will be treated completely anonymous – that means it is collected and stored without any identifying information (such as names or date of births). The data will be kept confidential, is used for research purposes only and will not be shared with others

Researchers: Kiesha Bentley and Nadja Heym

However, as an online participant in this research, we are obliged to make you aware that there is always a potential risk of intrusion by outside agents, for example through hacking, and therefore the possibility of being identified. However, we do everything to ensure that this does not happen by keeping your data in an encrypted format on a secure server (and you do not provide any identifying information). The online tool we use includes secure transmission of data (through the use of https), therefore providing an extra level of security.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask now. We can also be contacted after your participation at the above address.

If you have any further concerns or complaints, please contact; Alan Sunderland (Ethics Committee Chair)

PRIZE DRAW - Upon completion of this study you'll have the option to enter into the prize draw for a chance to win £30 of AMAZON vouchers.