Recruitment of paticipants into a study is a key step in the project which needs to be planned, executed, and monitored carefully.
Posters and leaflets
If you plan to use posters to recruit participants, please ensure that they include the following details:
- A clear study title
- An inoffensive image
- Clear aims of the study
- The University contact details of the researcher and supervisor
- The current University logo (details on which logo to use can be found here Using the University of Bath logo)
- A space to add your unique ethics reference ID number
- A study end date
You must obtain the relevant permission for posters to be displayed.
Recruitment via email
If you intend to recruit participants via email, the details of any proposed use of email lists - whether existing or created specifically for the project - should be included in your ethics application. Email requests for research participation should not disclose the individual identities of other recipients to participants (e.g., in the message header). If sending to multiple recipients, email address should be entered into the Bcc; field rather than the To; field.
Recruitment via social media
Information to be distributed via methods such as Twitter, Facebook or other social media should (within the restrictions of the medium) meet all requirements in the guidelines for posters (above). The text of such posts or tweets should be submitted for consideration as part of the ethics application.
Recruitment via University website campaign
Information to be distributed via a University Website campaign page should meet with all requirements in the guidelines for posters (above). The campaign page content should be submitted for consideration as part of the ethics application. Examples of campaigns on the University's website can be found here