Diversity and Inclusion in Rugby Union
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not 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.

What is the purpose of the study?

This study looks to explore the diversity of participants that are currently involved with the governance structures of rugby union across England.

Why have I been invited to participate?

As we are looking to understand the diversity of our volunteers within the governance and leadership structures of the Rugby Football Union, we are interested for current volunteers within the governance structure, like yourself, to complete the below demographic survey.

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you can print this information sheet to keep and you will be asked to sign an electronic form to give your consent form to take part in the study. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. Furthermore, if you have been sent this invitation by an acquaintance who is a senior contact in your organisation, but you decide not to participate in the study, it will have no impact upon your relationship with that acquaintance or your membership of your organisation.

What will happen to me if I take part?

The first stage of the process will involve the completion of an online survey which will ask questions about your demographic information (i.e. age, gender, geographic location, socio-economic status, religion).

The survey will involve the completion of a number of multiple-choice questions and short response questions, and should take approximately 5 minutes for you to complete.

At the end of the survey, you will also be asked to volunteer a contact email address if you are willing to take part in a follow-up telephone interview. This will involve the completion of a short telephone interview which will explore diversity and inclusion further. If you are selected for the telephone interview, it will be approximately 10-20 minutes in length, and will take place at a time negotiated at your convenience. The telephone interview will be recorded in order to transcribe the full interview, and you may be referred to by a pseudonym in any publications relating to the findings of the study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

The findings of this study will be disseminated within the governance structures of the Rugby Football Union in order to explore the current demographics of the leadership structures, explore what is best practice for engaging diverse leaders and to understand the current barriers within the system.

Will what I say in this study be kept confidential?

All information collected about you will be kept strictly confidential (subject to legal limitations). Research data will be kept securely at all times. Laptops and computers used to store data will be encrypted, and the data will be stored under password protection. Data may be stored in Google Drive, for which the University has a security agreement. Data generated by the study will be retained in accordance with the University's policy on Academic Integrity. The data generated in the course of the research will be kept securely in electronic form for a period of ten years after the completion of a research project.

What should I do if I want to take part?

If you would like to take part in this research study, then please indicate your consent to participate in the study by answering 'Yes' in the checkbox responses to the questions at the bottom of this page.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results of the project will be disseminated via an anonymous report to the Rugby Football Union, academic publications and research conferences. Participants who have chosen to share follow-up contact details will be emailed a copy of any research publications.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is being conducted by staff at Oxford Brookes University, within the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work, situated in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. There are no external sources of funding for this research study.

Who has reviewed the study?

The research has been approved by the University Research Ethics Committee, Oxford Brookes University.

Contact for Further Information:
If you have any further questions regarding your participation in this study, you should contact Dr Adam J White or Dr Stuart Whigham in the first instance on adamwhite@brookes.ac.uk, swhigham@brookes.ac.uk or 01865 483857 .

If you have any concerns about the way in which the study has been conducted, you should contact the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee on ethics@brookes.ac.uk.

Thank you very much for taking time to read the information sheet.

I confirm that I have read and understand the information sheet for the above study and have had the opportunity to ask questions. *
I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving reason. *
I agree to take part in the above study. *
I agree to the use of anonymised quotes in publications *
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