Research Information Sheet

Many thanks for your interest in completing this survey for the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education’s evaluation study of the textbook ‘Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?’. Before completing the survey please read this information carefully. When you begin the survey, you will be presented with a series of consent questions to enable you to indicate how you want your responses used in the research.

The survey

Many of the questions are multiple choice but there are also opportunities for you to elaborate using the text-boxes and open-ended questions. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, dependent on the level of detail you wish to give in your answers. You can skip any questions you do not want to answer. The questions will explore:

  • How you have used the Centre’s textbook in your lessons: what content and approach
  • Your views on the textbooks’ content, approach and accessibility
  • Some background information about you.

The survey also includes a question which collects personal data. Specifically, there is a question at the end of the survey asking for your email address if you’re interested in taking part in further research. You do not have to provide this information. If you choose to provide your email address, we will store this information separately from your survey responses, and thus the data you provide will be made anonymous. Please read the Data Protection Privacy Notice, which explains your rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

There is also a question about which English region your school is situated in, what type of school you work in, and a few questions about your subject specialism, teaching experience and CPD experience. These questions are asked in order to determine the extent to which survey respondents are representative of the demographic characteristics of teachers in England and to explore relationships between teacher characteristic and textbook use. Any information you choose to provide about your region, subject and your teaching and CPD experiences are not identifiable data. You can skip questions you don’t want to answer. The survey is hosted by a website called JISC Online Surveys. We do not collect information about your IP address. Data on JISC are secure, strict information security standards are followed (ISO27001) and the data is processed in compliance with GDPR.

The possible disadvantages and risks of taking part

We don’t anticipate any risk to you by taking part in this study. However, the majority of questions make reference to the Holocaust, which is a complex and challenging subject. Thus, please only complete this survey if you feel comfortable to do so. You can skip questions and exit the survey at any time.

The possible benefits of taking part

This survey is a great opportunity to present your views about this new resource and will inform future research and future revisions to the textbook.  

Further research

We will use the findings of this survey to inform the design of a more in-depth evaluation study. This is likely to include teacher interviews and, perhaps, school visits. If you’re interested in being contacted about this future research, please provide your email address when prompted to in the survey. If you are invited to participate in further research, there is no obligation to take part. You can opt out of this before, during or after you participate, and we’ll destroy any data you’ve provided.

An important point about withdrawing your responses from the study

The only piece of information that could identify you is your email address if you provide this to express an interest in participating in further research. If you do give this information you will be able to withdraw your responses at a later date because it will be stored in an encrypted file that links your email address with your survey ID number. The information in the Data Protection Privacy Notice explains your rights under the GDPR. Please contact Eleni Karayianni (details below) if you want to withdraw your data or arrange to exercise your rights as outlined in the Data Protection Privacy Notice.

If you choose not to give your email address to the question about participating in further research, your survey responses will be anonymous. This means your responses cannot be withdrawn from the research (because we will be unable to identify which survey you completed). It also means the Data Protection Privacy Notice doesn’t apply because where data is anonymous the GDPR isn’t relevant. Please be reassured it is absolutely fine to complete the survey anonymously and skip the email address question.

How your information will be used

Your individual responses are confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the UCL Centre of Holocaust Education. We will collate the responses we receive from all the teachers who complete the survey and write a report that gives an overview of the findings. With your permission, we will draw on your answers to inform the content of the report. Sometimes we use short, anonymous quotes to illustrate a point, but we would only do this with your permission.

The report will be sent to the funders of the research and/or included in academic journals and presentations. Increasingly, academic publications are publicly available.

Electronic data are kept on password protected computers and only the research team at the Centre have access to this information. The UCL Research Data Policy states that research data is kept for a minimum of ten years after publication, and then it will be destroyed as confidential waste. Therefore, anonymous survey data uploaded from JISC Online surveys will be kept on a UCL database for at least ten years, but your email address (where you have given it to express an interest in future research), will be destroyed at the completion of this project. Your survey responses held in JISC Online Surveys will also be deleted from the website at the close of the project.

Finally, if you give your email address to express an interest in further research, it will only be used for this purpose.

Further Information

If you have any questions and/or concerns about this study, please contact Eleni Karayianni: You should also contact Eleni if you want to raise a complaint. If your complaint is then not handled to your satisfaction, you can contact the Chair of the UCL IOE Research Ethics Committee:

Many thanks for your interest in this research.


Dr Eleni Karayianni

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Holocaust Education

UCL Institute of Education

University College London

Level 1, 23-29 Emerald Street