NSEE research ethics

NSEE Research

The Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE) carries out research from time to time to help inform our work. For this research, we ask school pupils, teachers, parents, local authority employees and others if they will take part, as the insight they can provide is invaluable for our assessments and evaluations.

We assess and evaluate many projects—from efforts to engage community members in science and technology, to schools working together to bring about change and improvement in their classrooms.

If you have been asked to take part in any of our research projects, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Most of our research is carried out to help influence educational policy that supports children’s learning.

Contact with the researcher

Before deciding whether you want to take part in any research, you can contact the researcher named on the letter you have received.

Our surveys and any in-person or phone conversations we carry out will each come with a detailed explanation about why the project is being undertaken.

In-person or phone/video call conversations might be recorded. The interviewer will let you know beforehand if this is the case. You are not obliged to take part in the research or the study, and if you change your mind after having said ‘yes’, please let us know and we will not use any of the information you have provided.

Information stored safely

All the information we gather during our research projects is stored safely—either in a locked cabinet or a locked file on a computer. When the research has been completed and written up, all personal information obtained is destroyed.

Our reports do not mention anyone by name, but you can request another name for the researcher to use when they are writing about what you said, and this information will be kept confidential too.

When our researchers have gathered all the information from everyone who is taking part, this will be written up into a report. Some of our researchers are studying for their PhDs, and the information they gather will form part of their thesis, which is read and marked by university tutors. Some of the material in the reports and theses may also be used in conference presentations or journal articles.

If you have taken part in our research, you can ask us what we found out.

Our research projects need to be approved and reviewed by the College of Social Sciences Ethics Committee at the University of Glasgow. This ensures that they follow rigorous guidelines for the gathering and use of information from individuals.

If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of the research project you can contact Dr Muir Houston, College of Social Sciences Ethics Officer, muir.houston@glasgow.ac.uk.

The Purpose

Our network’s purpose is to close the poverty related attainment gap by improving student outcomes in literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing.  

We use research evidence, data approaches and collaborative working to improve classroom practices, build leadership capacity and support organisational development.  

NSEE builds on approaches with a track record of improving outcomes for disadvantages students.  The NSEE approach prioritises four key areas of work:

  1. Enhancing the quality of learning and teaching, leadership and working with families & communities
  2. Building leadership capacity to manage change and improvement at all levels
  3. Building expertise for the effective use of the Pupil Equity Fund and understanding about what works and why in closing the attainment gap
  4. Providing opportunities for sharing expertise and developing new practices both locally and nationally.