Aged 16-24? Read this!

Hi – thank you for your interest in our project!

This page is specifically for young people aged 16-24 who want to learn more about the project before deciding whether to take part. If you have any questions about anything you read here, you can email Karen at: k.cuthbert@sheffield.ac.uk or Joe at: joe.hall@sheffield.ac.uk

What is the project – and why are you doing it?

We’re interested in what young people who live in the UK think about gender. Gender is talked about a lot, particularly in the news and on social media, but there has been very little research on what young people actually think. We’re trying to fill this gap with our project – and that’s where you come in!

We’re interested in hearing from all young people from lots of different backgrounds, with lots of different views. There is no right or wrong opinion!

Who are you?

We’re a team of 5 researchers based at the University of Leeds in England. We’re called Sally, Kim, Sharon, Joe and Karen. Sally is in charge of the project, and Joe and Karen will be the people you meet if you decide to take part in the research. We have a lot of experience of doing research with young people and we believe in putting the voices, views and experiences of young people at the centre of our research. You can read about some of the things we’ve researched and written about in the past here.

What will taking part involve?

We’re asking young people to take part in a confidential individual interview with either Joe or KarenIt will be held in a location near you, and will last approximately one hour. With permission, we will record the discussion to remember what was said.  

We will ask you some questions about your own experiences of gender, as well as your views on gender more broadly – like if you think gender might be changing, or if you think people see gender differently today than they did in the past. If you like, we can give you a copy of the interview questions in advance so you’d know what to expect.  

We will give you a £10 gift voucher for Love2Shop as a thank you for taking part. (This voucher can be spent in a wide range of high street shops, cafes and restaurants).  

Do I have to take part?

No – there’s no pressure on you to take part if you don’t want to. If you take part, you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to. You can also take a break from the interview if you need to or you can leave the interview at any time without having to tell us why. 

What will happen once I’ve taken part?

Once the interview is finished, we will listen to the audio recording and produce a transcript (typed-up version of the conservation). All members of the team will hear the recording and read the transcript. The team will have conversations about the things that were talked about in the interview, and compare them with interviews we have done with other young people. We will look for similarities and differences. After we’ve got a sense of the main things that young people have said, we’ll start writing about and publishing some of these ‘findings’. We might use quotes of things that were said in the interview, but no-one will be able to tell it is you from what they read.  

The things we write will be sent to other researchers as well as to people who work with young people. We will also write a report about the research, which we’ll put on our website and you can read if you’re interested. 

What about my data?

As university researchers, we take data protection very seriously. The recordings and transcripts from the interviews will be held on a secure computer system at the University of Leeds, and in lockable filing cabinets. These will be destroyed when the research is finished. No-one except team members and the university-approved transcriber will hear or see the recordings and transcripts. We will also give you a form which will ask you for some voluntary information. This will be stored securely and kept separate from the recordings and transcripts. 

What if I decide not to take part anymore?

At any stage, you can withdraw for whatever reason, and you don’t have to tell us why. If you change your mind after the interview, you can tell us not to use the things you have said. You can do this up to 2 weeks after the interview.    

Will people know if I take part?

No – if you take part in the study it will be kept private. But, if you’re under 18 and you tell us about being harmed or being in danger, we might have to tell some other people outside the research team about this in order to keep you safe.  

What if I want to talk to someone before I agree to take part?

If you like, you can show this page to someone else if you’re not sure about taking part. If you want to talk to us directly, you can email us: (k.cuthbert@sheffield.ac.uk / joe.hall@sheffield.ac.uk)

Has this study been reviewed?

Yes, the study has been approved by the University of Leeds Ethics Committee. If you’d like to speak to someone who was involved in this committee, you can email: ResearchEthics@leeds.ac.uk

Who is funding this study?

This non-commercial study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).