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Dear Participant,

Thank you for your interest in my study. I am a PhD student from the University of Sheffield (UK) ahd this online study will help my research into the health and wellbeing of music students. My goal is to learn more about the challenges that students face and how such challenges are met. I greatly appreciate your interest in my study and hope you will take part.


How long will it take?

Approximately 15-25 minutes. Answering the questions works best on intuition; don’t feel you have to linger too long over a question. After completion you will have the chance to win one of four Amazon vouchers (1 x £50, 1 x £20, 2 x £10).



A few words about what I do to safeguard your anonymity:

Feedback from my previous studies has reinforced how important anonymity is to everyone. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. The server that hosts my questionnaire has been evaluated by an outside audit and awarded a very high security standard rating. By default, it does not use cookies or store your IP address or browser recognition; neither can it artificially reconstruct this information using time stamps and server log files. This means I cannot draw any conclusions about you or where you are. According to German data protection law (where the server is located) no third parties have access to the server, and nothing will be passed on to a third party (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz §11). More information is available here.


If you want to be part of the Amazon raffle, your email will be stored in a separate secure database with no possibility to consolidate this address with your data. Consequently, I won’t be able to let you know your individual results, but if you are interested in the overall research outcomes, you can leave your email address at the end of the questionnaire. I will provide a report on my findings, as I have done in the past. Lastly, you may withdraw from the study at any point, either by closing your browser or by clicking the ‘leave and delete my data’ button.



Who is behind it?

If you have any questions before you begin, then please do not hesitate to contact me by email at: mkorte1@sheffield.ac.uk or my supervisor Dr. Victoria Williamson (v.williamson@sheffield.ac.uk).


This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield (UK). Your data may be used in academic papers or selective press releases as part of our overall findings, however at no stage will any personally identifying data be made available. All data will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and destroyed within 5 years .

Before we proceed, please tick the following box to declare that you are over 18 years old, currently studying music, have a good working knowledge of English, and that you understand and agree to the information set out above.