Page 1: Information About the Project

You are being invited to take part in a research study as part of the Global Sport for Development and Peace Knowledge Collaborative (GloKnoCo) project funded by Erasmus+. GloKnoCo is a collaboration between Palacky University Olomouc, University of Brighton, Paderborn University, INEX, FHPU, Play Handball and MSIS. Before you decide to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Please take time to read the following information on the next two pages carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please email if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. Thank you for reading this.

About the research

Who will conduct the research?

This project is being carried out by:

Dr Mark Doidge, Dr Thomas Carter, and Alex Lagutova, School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton;

Dr Simona Safarikova, Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Palacký University Olomouc; Dr Arnošt Svoboda, Department of Social Sciences in Kinanthropology, Palacký University Olomouc;

Dr Marie Biermann, Dr Sabine Radtke, Paderborn University

What is the purpose of the research?

The aim of the GloKnoCo project is to contribute to innovation in the area of sport studies and development studies. It fosters participatory approaches in explaining how sport and physical activities can be harnessed as tools for further social development and for the creation of social changes. This part of the project is focused on developing a common reference framework to collate existing practice and delivery of Sport for Development and Peace (broadly defined). This survey will collate the data and be developed into the framework to highlight best practice in teaching Sport for Development and Peace at the tertiary institutions.

The survey is looking for the content of modules that explicitly focus on Sport for Development and Peace, as well as modules that have specific content examining Sport for Development and Peace;

• The extent to which Sport for Development and Peace are woven into general modules/courses (e.g. modules on social theory and research methods, practical courses);

• Any distinctions in availability between compulsory and optional modules/courses at tertiary institutions;

• The way in which modules from other disciplines are used to examine Sport for Development and Peace;

• The demographic profiles of staff within departments, including representation in senior roles; and

• The professional experiences of staff teaching Sport for Development and Peace in European and global universities.

Why have I been chosen?

In order to explore the issues outlined above, we seek access to course guides for modules taught during the academic year 2018/2019 until 2021/2022, as well as demographic information about the people teaching these modules, as well as their experiences of doing so.

Will the outcomes of the research be published?

The research will be published in the form of a report for the GloKnoCo project and presented to Erasmus+. The research may also be used for academic publications such as blogs, book chapters and journal articles. We may also give presentations on the key findings of the report to relevant stakeholders. If, and when, we do use any of the information that you provide, we will do so in a completely anonymous manner. Only short extracts will be used in any one place.

Who has reviewed the research project?

This study has been approved by The University of Brighton Research Ethics Committee.

Who is funding the research project?

This project is funded by Erasmus+ KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for higher education, the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

What would my involvement be?

Completing this anonymous questionnaire, which should take approximately 15 minutes.

What would I be asked to do if I took part?

All you have to do is complete an online survey at a time and place that is convenient for you. It should take around 15 minutes to complete. The survey questions will cover the broad topics outlined above. You will also be invited to share your experiences and opinions. Once you have completed the survey, we will remove references to any individuals, including yourself, who could be identified (such as students, academic and non-academic staff at your institution).

Will I be compensated for taking part?

Participation is entirely voluntary. You will not receive payment, reward or any other form of compensation for the time taken to participate in this project.

What happens if I do not want to take part or if I change my mind?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw your contribution/ data without giving a reason and without detriment to yourself. If you decide to withdraw your contribution after you have completed the survey, please inform Dr Doidge using any of the following BEFORE DATE: 1st September 2021

Dr Mark Doidge, School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, Denton Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7SR, UK


If you do decide to withdraw, all of your data will be deleted from our files at the first available opportunity. However, it will not be possible to remove your data from the project once it has been anonymised as we will not be able to identify your specific data. This does not affect your data protection rights. If you decide not to take part you do not need to do anything further.