Guildford Residents' Survey Participant Information Sheet

The Guildford Residents' Survey is available online until 1 July 2019.

What is the purpose of the survey?

The University of Surrey is asking Guildford residents to complete a short survey to help us understand how you view the university on your doorstep. Your feedback will help the University to strengthen its links within the community and identify the steps we could be taking to share more about our organisation with you.

Why have I been invited to take part in the study?

As a member of the local community in Guildford, we are extremely keen to hear your views on the University of Surrey as well as the university sector in general.

Are there any terms and conditions on taking part in this survey?

Yes. (1) Employees of The University of Surrey and Surrey Sports Park and anyone connected to the prize draw are not able to participate in this survey; (2) Only one survey response is allowed per individual; (3) All survey respondents must be aged 16 or over. 

Do I have to take part in the survey?

No, you do not have to participate. You can withdraw from completing the survey at any time without giving a reason, however once your answers have been submitted they will become part of the survey findings.

What will my involvement require?

To answer an online survey which will usually last no more than 20 minutes.

What are the possible disadvantages or risks of taking part?

None. The survey asks about your opinions of the University and Higher Education only. You will not be asked about any sensitive or upsetting topics. 

If I give you my email address, will you contact me again?

We will only contact you using your provided email address if you: (1) Win one of the five £100 cash prizes, or (2) Indicate that you would be interested in joining a virtual Guildford Citizens’ Panel at which you would be asked to share your views. This is completely optional. 

If I give you my address, will you contact me again?

We will only contact you using your provided address if you win one of the five £100 cash prizes (you can provide your postal address when completing a hard copy of the survey if you want to enter the Prize Draw).

Will you share my personal information with any third parties?


Can I obtain a hard copy of the survey?

Yes. Individually numbered hard copies of the survey and consent forms can be sent to you upon request by calling +44(0)1483 684 379. They must be posted back before 17:00 on Monday 1 July 2019 GMT to Public Engagement, First Floor, Senate House, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH or delivered in person during working hours (09.00 – 17.00) to Reception, Senate House, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH. If you would like to enter the prize draw, please make this known on the envelope by writing PRIZE DRAW.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. All of the information you give will be anonymised so that those reading reports generated from the data collected will not know who has contributed to it. Personal data will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Private information relating to your email address is kept separate from the data collected and will be destroyed after the free prize draw has taken place. 

What if there is a problem?

Any complaint or concern about any aspect of the way you have been dealt with during the course of the study will be addressed; please email Lisa Dimbylow, Public Engagement Manager.

The Prize Draw 

Respondents will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win one of five £100 cash prizes. You will have the opportunity to opt-out of this, should you wish to take part in the survey but not be considered for the prize draw.