Undertaking Research at the ELTC

ELTC is happy to help potential researchers with their research, e.g. by recruiting participants. To obtain permission to undertake research at ELTC, you should complete the Research Request form. Incomplete forms, or forms with insufficient information, will not be considered. You can expect to hear from us within 7 days.

Timing

You should consider the timing of your request and data collection carefully, bearing in mind that ELTC full-time, pre-sessional courses run on a termly basis:

Term 1 - late September to mid-December
Term 2 - mid-January to March
Term 3 - April to mid-June
Term 4 - late June to early September

At the start of each term ELTC students may have just arrived in Britain and have a lot to get used to. ELTC staff are also very busy at the beginning of terms. Towards the end of each term, students usually have coursework deadlines and/or exams and teachers are busy marking and writing reports. For these reasons, ELTC students and staff may be unwilling to volunteer as participants at these times.

Ethical Approval

TUOS has a list of partner institutions which are considered to have sufficiently robust ethical review procedures. If your institution is on this list, your ethical approval documentation should be sufficient.

Important Notes

To facilitate a successful application, please note the following:

1. Your Research Request form may be sent to potential participants so you should ensure that it is clearly written and that your contact details are complete

2. We will not provide contact details of ELTC students or staff to researchers but we will pass your contact details to them.

3. It is not acceptable for a researcher to approach ELTC students or staff outside their classrooms or in offices, without prior permission.

4. ELTC cannot oblige ELTC students or staff to participate in any research project.

Research & Ethical Procedures

For further information about Research & Ethics at the ELTC, please click on the appropriate heading below:

Information for ELTC Staff

ELTC is part of Student Services. All research undertaken within Student Services (and therefore ELTC) which involves human participants and/or personal data (or human tissue - but that's unlikely at ELTC!) must undergo an ethical review. Guidance on Student Services ethical review procedures can be found here.

There is also a useful FAQs page here.

Both webpages address the issue of what counts as 'research' in Student Services.

If you are undertaking research as part of a CPD activity (E.g. MA, PhD) in another institution, you may need to seek ethical approval from ELTC, even if you have already received it from the institution in which you are studying.

Alice Lawrence is the ELTC 'nominated person' for ethics review. If you have any questions relating to undertaking research at ELTC, please contact her on: a.lawrence@sheffield.ac.uk

Information for ELTC Staff at the University of Sheffield International College (USIC)

Pending

Information for ELTC Students
  1. Ethical approval will be provided for the group
  2. You will need to ask your participants to complete a consent form
Information for other University of Sheffield Students

In addition to completing the ELTC Research Request Form, please could you provide copies of the following documents:

  1. your completed and approved ethical approval form
  2. any detailed participation information sheets
  3. any participant consent forms

We will email you to tell you whether or not your request has been successful.

Information for other University of Sheffield Staff

In addition to the ELTC Research Request Form, please could you provide copies of the following documents:

  1. your completed and approved ethical approval form
  2. any detailed participation information sheets
  3. any participant consent forms

We will email you to tell you whether or not your request has been successful.

Information for students from other institutions

At certain times of the year we receive a large number of requests to recruit participants at ELTC. Our students and staff have sometimes commented that they feel ‘volunteer fatigue’.

While your request will always be considered, University of Sheffield student researchers will be given priority at times of high request.

If your request is successful, we will ask you to provide further documents (e.g. copy of participant consent form, etc). We would also like you to share your findings and recommendations with us.

Unless your institution is on the University of Sheffield’s recognised partner list for ethical approval, you will be obliged to seek ethical approval from the University of Sheffield.

We will email you to tell you whether or not your request has been successful.

Information for staff from other institutions

In the interests of collegiality and furthering research, we will endeavour to help you. However, please bear in mind that we sometimes receive a large number of requests to recruit participants at ELTC. ELTC students and staff have sometimes commented that they feel ‘volunteer fatigue’. It may also be difficult to recruit participants for longitudinal research as our students may have left the ELTC, and staff may not feel able to commit themselves to this type of activity.

While all requests are carefully considered, University of Sheffield student researchers will be given priority at times of high request.

If your request is successful, we will ask you to provide further documents. Unless your institution is on the University of Sheffield’s recognised partner list for ethical approval, you will be obliged to seek ethical approval from the University of Sheffield.

We would also like you to share your findings and recommendations with us.

We will email you to tell you whether or not your request has been successful.

Information for other organisations or individuals

While all requests are carefully considered, at times of high request the following order of priority will be given:

  1. University of Sheffield students
  2. University of Sheffield staff
  3. Colleagues in other Higher Education institutions
  4. Student researchers in other Higher Education institutions
  5. Other organisations
  6. Other individuals

If your request is successful, we will ask you to provide further documents. It is likely that you will be obliged to seek ethical approval from the University of Sheffield.

We would also like you to share your findings and recommendations with us.

We will email you to tell you whether or not your request has been successful.