Exploring how Black women gain positive visibility in higher education settings

You are invited to take part in a research study exploring how Black women gain positive visibility within higher education settings. It is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. We thank you for your participation.

What is the purpose of the study? The purpose of the current study is to explore how Black women can gain positive visibility within higher education, despite the additional barriers to career progression that come with intersecting marginalised identities. By understanding more about this topic, higher education providers will be able to adapt more appropriately in order to create more inclusive and representative environments.

Why have I been chosen? We have chosen to focus on the lived experiences of Black women within higher education settings. If you are not a Black woman with experience within a higher education setting, we thank you for your interest but kindly ask that you exit the study now. Furthermore, please only continue with this study if you are over the age of 16.

What will participation involve? This study involves completing a questionnaire that asks about your experiences with gendered racial microaggressions, and also answering a number of open response questions with regards to how you gain positive visibility within higher education settings. We estimate that the whole procedure will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Do I have to take part? No – though your contribution is valuable, your participation is completely voluntary. You will maintain your right to withdraw at any point during this study for any reason and without explanation or penalty.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? Yes – all data collected from you will be treated with full confidentiality, and anonymised so that it will be non-identifiable. The information collected will be stored in accordance with GDPR regulations on an online server, and accessible only to the researchers involved in conducting this study.

What will happen to the results of the research study? The results of this research will be analysed anonymously by the researchers and form part of a research article exploring how Black women gain positive visibility within higher education settings.

Who can I contact if I want more information? This research is being carried out at the University of Glasgow as part of the Psychology Honours course and is under the supervision of Dr Chiara Horlin. If you wish to receive more information about the study and/or a summary of the anonymised group results, please feel free to contact Mia Gill (2237855G@student.gla.ac.uk) or Chiara Horlin (Chiara.Horlin@glasgow.ac.uk).

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