What's So Special About the Circus?
Hello! You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being undertaken and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully or watch the video. You can discuss it with others if you wish and, if you have any questions before proceeding, you can contact me at kavanaghk@cardiff.ac.uk. When you have understood each section, please tick the relevant box.

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Kate 😊
Participant Information and Consent
1. What is the purpose of this research project?
The purpose of this research is to investigate how audience members evaluate their experience of attending circus performances. This is part of a PhD project that will compare audience evaluations with those found in the mainstream media to see if and how audience values are being publicly represented. *
2. Why have I been invited to take part?
This survey is open to anyone based in or from the British Isles. If you’ve received this link in error, please accept my apologies and close the webpage. *
3. Do I have to take part?
No. Participation in this research project is entirely voluntary and it’s up to you to choose whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, you will need to tick the online consent question below. You are free to withdraw your participation from the research project without giving a reason at any point up to submitting your answers, even after ticking the consent box. *
4. What will taking part involve?
The questionnaire includes multiple choice questions about your background, as well as more open questions about your experience of and opinions about circus performance. It should take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much detail you choose to give. *
5. What are the possible benefits of taking part?
There’s no payment for taking part, now or in the future, but there is evidence to suggest that talking about the art you see helps you enjoy it more deeply***. Your contribution will be seen as a gift that helps us understand the value of circus more clearly. *
*** There’s a book about this called ‘Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era’, by Lynne Connor, in case you’re interested in learning more! See: https://tinyurl.com/vztlkov
6. What are the possible risks of taking part?
There have been no identified risks in taking part. *
7. Will my taking part in this research project be kept confidential?
All information collected from you during the research project will be kept confidentially and any personal information you provide will be managed in accordance with data protection legislation. The following section gives more details... *
8. What will happen to my Personal Data?
Cardiff University is the Data Controller and is committed to respecting and protecting your personal data in line with your expectations and Data Protection legislation. Further information about Data Protection can be found at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/public-information/policies-and-procedures/data-protection. This includes: (a) Your rights (b) The legal basis under which Cardiff University processes your personal data for research (c) Cardiff University’s Data Protection Policy (d) How to contact the Cardiff University Data Protection Officer (e) How to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. Your ‘Personal Data’ is defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as any information that you could be directly or indirectly identified by. This survey doesn’t ask for any ‘Personal Data’, but if you choose to provide any information that is classified as such, it will be anonymized so you cannot be identified. All data will be held anonymously, and stored according to the University Records Retention Schedules. The data may be published in support of the research project and/or retained indefinitely, where it is likely to have continuing value for research purposes. You are free to withdraw from the research project at any time until you submit your answers. *
9. What happens to the data at the end of the research project?
After this research project is over, the data may be made available to other scholars interested in audience research and/or circus studies. Publications resulting from the research may appear in academic journals, magazines or online publications, or discussed in public presentations. You won’t be identified in any report, publication or presentation. *
10. What will happen to the results of the research project?
The results will be submitted as part of my PhD assessment and are likely to be published as described above. If you’d like to be kept informed about the results please email kavanaghk@cardiff.ac.uk to be added to a dedicated contact list. *
11. What if there is a problem?
If you wish to complain, or have grounds for concerns about the way you’ve been approached or treated during the course of this research, please contact my Supervisor, Dr Amanda Potts (pottsa@cardiff.ac.uk). If your complaint is not managed to your satisfaction, please contact the school’s Research Ethics Officer, Dr Sara Pons-Sanz (pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk). If you are harmed by taking part in this research project, there are no special compensation arrangements. If you are harmed due to someone's negligence, you may have grounds for legal action, but you may have to pay for it. *
12. Who is organising and funding this research project?
The research is organised by PhD researcher Katharine Kavanagh in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) at Cardiff University. The study is currently funded by The Economic and Social Research Council, and the academic supervisor is Dr Amanda Potts. *
13. Who has reviewed this research project?
This research project has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the ENCAP Research Ethics Committee, Cardiff University. *
14. Further information and contact details
If you have any questions relating to this research project, you may contact me at any time on kavanaghk@cardiff.ac.uk. *
Thank you for considering participating in this research project. If you agree to take part on the terms described above, please tick the Consent box below.
If you would like to print a copy of this Participant Information and Consent Agreement for your records, please do so now. You can also download a PDF copy of the information at http://bit.ly/2TPVbgj. If you have ticked all the boxes you may press Next to start the survey. If you don’t want to take part you may close this webpage.
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