Exploring Graduate Employability in Science

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Dr Mahbub Sarkar
School of Chemistry
Monash University
Phone: 99059949
Email: mahbub.sarkar@monash.edu

You are invited to take part in this study. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether or not to participate in this research. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of this project, you are encouraged to contact the researchers via the phone numbers or email addresses listed above.

What does the research involve?
This research will explore the professional skills needs of recent graduates and their employers and investigate how these can best be inculcated into the undergraduate science curriculum, with an aim of enhancing science graduates' employability in science-based sectors and beyond.
If you wish to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey will take about 15–20 minutes to complete, using a suitably-enabled device. You will also be requested to forward the survey link to your network beyond Monash University, however, it is entirely up to you.

Why were you chosen for this research?
This research aims at enhancing science graduates' employability. As you are a science academic, we wish to understand your views of the skills and capabilities in employment. This information will help us develop an intervention for current Monash science undergraduate students with an aim that this intervention would enhance their employability skills.

Source of funding
This research is funded by Monash University Faculty of Science Education Research Fund 2014.

Consenting to participate in the project and withdrawing from the research
The Google form you have accessed contains an explanatory statement and an anonymous survey. If you complete the survey and return it to us, it is implied that you consent to participate in the project.
Being in this study is voluntary and you are under no obligation to consent to participation. However, if you do consent to participate, you may withdraw from further participation at any stage but you will only be able to withdraw data prior to the data being analysed.

Possible benefits and risks to participants
This research would contribute in enhancing science graduates' employability and hence the reputation of universities. We do not anticipate that participation in this research will involve any physical, psychological or social risks.

Payment
No payment will be offered to you for your participation in this study.

Confidentiality
The survey is anonymous and thus none of your contact details are collected.

Storage of data
Storage of the data collected will adhere to the Monash University regulations. All research data will be retained on a secure PC hard drive held in the researchers' department. Only the researchers will have access to the data. Data will be retained for at least five years by the researchers. After five years the data will be destroyed securely adhering to the Monash University regulations.

Results
Participants will be able to access analysed data via peer-reviewed academic papers or conference proceedings.

Complaints
Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, you are welcome to contact the Executive Officer, Monash University Human Research Ethics (MUHREC):
Executive Officer
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)
Room 111, Building 3e
Research Office
Monash University VIC 3800
Tel: +61 3 9905 2052 Email: muhrec@monash.edu Fax: +61 3 9905 3831

Thank you,

Dr Mahbub Sarkar