Information about the study and participant consent

Research Project Title: Comparison between environmental enrichment used in terrestrial farmed animals and the use for aquatic systems

Background, aims of project

We would like to invite you to take part in a study comparing environmental enrichment in terrestrial animal systems and aquatic animal systems. This project is led by the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling with the will to improve animal welfare in aquaculture but also working conditions for farmers.

Why have you been invited to take part?

You have been invited because you work in a farm and we would like to have your point of view about the issues raised around environmental enrichment.

Do you have to take part?

If you do decide to take part, you can withdraw your participation at any time without needing to explain and without penalty by advising the researcher of this decision.

If you withdraw, we will not collect any more data from you. However, any data collected up until the point that you withdraw will be kept and used in the data analysis.

What will happen if you take part?

You will need to complete one questionnaire. The questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes.

Are there any potential risks in taking part?

There are no foreseeable risks in taking part.

Are there any benefits in taking part?

There will be no direct benefit to you from taking part in this research, but there are potential benefits to the aquaculture and terrestrial agriculture industries.

What happens to the data I provide?

Personal and confidential information will be stored anonymously using a password protected research drive only accessible by the research team who signed a confidentiality agreement. At the end of the project, the data will be destroyed.

Will the research be published?

This research will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. A copy of the results and the general conclusion can be sent upon request.

Who has reviewed this research project?

The ethical approaches of this project have been approved via The University of Stirling by the General University Ethics Panel.

Who do I contact if I have concerns about this study or I wish to complain?

If you would like to discuss the research with someone or wish to obtain further information about the project please contact me (thd00029@students.stir.ac.uk) or my supervisor, Dr. Sonia Rey Planellas (sonia.reyplanellas@stir.ac.uk). In case you wish to issue a complaint please contact Dr Mike Leaver (m.j.leaver@stir.ac.uk)

Thank you for your participation.

I confirm that I have read and understood the information above explaining the research project. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time during the study without giving a reason, and without any penalty. I understand that if I withdraw no more data will be collected from me. However, any data collected up until the point that I withdraw may be kept and used in the data analysis. I have been given a unique identifying number and know whom to contact should I wish to withdraw my data. I understand that my responses will be kept anonymous and I give permission for members of the research team to have access to my anonymised responses. By answering "Yes" I agree to take part in this study. Required