Ethical Considerations

This research has been designed in line with the BERA Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research: With these in mind participants in this study:

  • Will be accorded respect and dignity
  • Will have their anonymity safeguarded, as far as possible, unless participants have given their express and written consent to the contrary e.g. for a named case study, or for the attribution of quotes where this may be necessary or appropriate
  • Retain the right to withdraw from the study at any stage without providing an explanation
  • Will be given clear information (as in this document) regarding the purpose of the research and also on what will happen to the outputs from this research.

What will my involvement require? 

There are various different forms of participation in this project, the first being a survey, as already alluded to. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to read and complete a consent form. You will be then be invited to fill out a survey on your use (or otherwise) of play-based and playful practices for learning in HE. Once the survey is complete you may wish for that to be the end of your involvement in the project. You will be free to make that decision. You may wish however to be involved in one or several of the project’s activities. These will be set out in a menu and discussed with you once the survey is complete and you have indicated your willingness to continue your involvement in some form. Whatever you decide, however, you still retain the right to change your mind or withdraw at a later date.

Please note: if you are participating in the student survey as of December 2021 there are no planned further project activities at this time.

How will my information and my privacy be handled within this project?

All information collected about you will be kept securely. Only the investigator will have access to the data. You will never be named or personally identified in any output from this research unless you wish for this to happen and this has been agreed with the investigator. Information will be stored on a password protected, encrypted, computer system. Any information stored will be anonymised, and no individual will be identifiable. Data will be retained for a minimum of 10 years in accordance with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) good practice guidelines. You will have the opportunity to read the full privacy statement for project participants at the end of this information page.

What are the possible risks of taking part?

There are no known risks associated with taking part in this project. Should you feel uncomfortable about any project content, then you may skip it or elect to stop participating in the project. Whether or not you complete the project will have no adverse consequences in terms of your legal rights.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Taking part will give you the opportunity to reflect on your own understanding of play-based and playful teaching and learning approaches and consider their value and benefit in a range of higher education contexts.

What if I have any questions about participating?​

If you have any questions or concerns about participating in this research please email Alison James at

Privacy Notice for Project Participants

The conduct of this research seeks to be fully compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is enforceable from 25 May 2018. The GDPR makes a number of key changes to data protection law in the United Kingdom and within the European Union (EU) and potentially beyond the EU. More information on these changes, which include strengthening of some individual rights and some new individual rights can be found on The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) website at:

There are different ‘lawful bases’ depending on the nature of the respective ‘processing purposes’ for research projects. For the ‘personal data’ of Research Participants, the ‘lawful basis’ here is ‘Consent’.

For The Value of Play, before your personal data is collected, you will be

  1. Given information about the study in advance
  2. Told how and why your data will be used
  3. Told who will have access to your data
  4. Told how long your data will be stored for
  5. Asked for consent to collect your data (via a consent form).

You will only be asked for personal data which is necessary for the stated research purposes and your personal data will never be sold to any 3rd party.

The ‘purposes of the processing’ for research include:

  1. Retaining proof of written consent to participate in this research.
  2. To manage your activity within the study; for example if you participate in any interviews, focus groups or workshops, and for any relevant communication and organizational needs with regard to these.
  3. For the purposes of comparing findings with research expectations as described in the project sheet Researcher Statement and Expectations.

The kinds of personal data which will be held by the researcher for no longer than 10 years include, for example, a participant’s name; email address; demographic information; visual and/or audio data; questionnaire responses.