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Participant Information FAQ: 

Study title and Researcher Details

“Composing Audiovisually: a textbook on audiovisual practice” – a monograph to be written by Dr Louise Harris and published by Routledge, 2021

Title of project and researcher details

Title: Composing Audiovisually

Researcher: Dr Louise Harris

Invitation paragraph 

You are being invited to take part in a research study through completing a questionnaire on your experiences with audiovisual work. Before you decide whether 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 and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part, and please understand that you are in no way obligated to participate in this research. Thank you for reading this.

What is the purpose of the study?

Composing Audiovisually is a textbook on working with both sound and image simultaneously, taking a critical, analytical and reflective approach to the study and pedagogy of audiovisual modes.  It is important to the author that the book reflect as many perspectives on the nature and understanding of audiovisual experience as possible, so this questionnaire has been assembled to provide participants with the opportunity to feed into the thinking and ideas underpinning the book through contributing to a survey on our collective understanding of how we experience and understand audiovisual work. 

Why have I been chosen?

You have either submitted your details or clicked on the link from the open call for participation, have been forwarded the survey by a friend or colleague who believes you would like to take part or are known as an artist or researcher to the author of the study.

Do I have to take part?

No, there is no obligation to take part. 

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you take part, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire on your experience of and with audiovisual work, broadly conceived.  The questionnaire is a combination of multiple choice and open text answers, so the amount of time it takes to complete will be variable – if you elect only to respond to the multiple choice questions, a response will likely take less than 3 minutes, however if you decide to give more detailed, text-based answers your participation will likely take longer. It is entirely up to you to decide how to complete the questionnaire and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do so. 

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Yes – all data will remain confidential and anonymous; there will be nothing to identify you in the responses to multiple choice questionnaires, and any identifying features given in the text-based answers will be kept strictly confidential and not referred to in the interpretation of the data. 

What will happen to the project data and the results of the research study?

Data will be stored as part of the University’s ‘Online Surveys’ account in the first instance and, one the questionnaires are complete, will be kept on a secure, encrypted disc until the completion of the book manuscript, at which point the original source data will be destroyed.  All data will be gathered and stored with strict adherence to GDPR regulations and The book, which will draw on data from the questionnaires, will continue to be published by Routledge whilst there is demand for it and will be publicly available.  No participant in the questionnaire will be identified in the book.  Questionnaire responses will be collated against consent forms to check nothing has been lost, and then any connection between them.  The cut-off date for withdrawing from this project will be July 31st 2020.

Who is organising and funding the research? (If relevant)

The study is being organised by Dr Harris, who is an employee of the University of Glasgow, as Senior Lecturer in Sonic and Audiovisual Practices.  The resulting publication will be published by Routledge. 

Who has reviewed the study?

The study has been reviewed and approved by members of the College of Arts Research Ethics committee.  The application number is 100190096 and you can request details of the application or ethical clearance at any time.  

Contact for further Information 

The main point of contact for the study is Dr Louise Harris:  However, if you have any concerns regarding the conduct of this research project, you can contact the College of Arts Ethics Officer (email: