Introduction to the Survey

This survey is designed for participants that are located in the UK.

We would like to invite you to take part in our research study. Before you decide, we would like you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it would involve for you. The questionnaire has been produced in part completion of a B.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, U.K.


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to collect information about the perception of Hate crime for people from different ethnicities who live in the UK.


Do I have to take part?

There is no obligation to take part and it is entirely up to you to decide whether you would like to join the study.


What will happen to me if I take part?

All responses are entirely confidential and anonymous. All data collected will be held securely and password protected. The survey will take you around 20 minutes to complete.


Expenses and payments

The survey is free to complete and there is no cost to you apart from your time. No expense, payments or incentives are available. However, the participants recruited through Mturk will receive the per HIT fee.


What will I have to do?

If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete a set of online survey questions.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

The online survey will take around 20 minutes to complete. Aside from using your time, no disadvantages are anticipated. Your identity will never be revealed in the dissertation or any published material, and all data will be presented in aggregated and summary format.


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Whilst it is unlikely that you will receive any direct benefit as a result of taking part in the study, you will be contributing towards important academic research. Such enhancements could be of benefit to you, your colleagues and the individuals you encounter.


Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. All responses are entirely confidential. All reasonable steps to retain anonymity will be maintained. The survey will not ask you to reveal any personal identifying information. Your data will be collected online through the online survey tool Bristol Online Survey. The survey can only be accessed by the lead researcher, John Anderson and will be password protected. Current data retention guidelines researchers at the University of Portsmouth have to comply with mean that the aggregated datasets will be securely stored for at least 10 years.


What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

All questions are optional. If you wish to abandon the survey before completion, you can simply leave the website or simply miss out any questions you would rather not answer .f you complete all or part of the survey, but then decide you would like to withdraw your data, please be aware that this will not be possible due to the anonymous nature of online surveys.


What if there is a problem?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the researcher or their supervisor, who will do their best to answer your questions. The researcher John Anderson can be contacted at or supervisor/gatekeeper, Dr Nathan Hall can be contacted at If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting the head of school, at or the ICJS Ethics Committee chair on


What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results may form part of the researcher’s dissertation and it may also form part of a published paper or book at a later date. This research might appear on the library website for other students to read, or its findings might be used for other researchers to study. Aggregated findings may also be presented at relevant conferences. You will not be personally identified in any publication.


Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is being sponsored by the University of Portsmouth, which will be providing proper supervision and insurance, and a small amount from the researcher for rewarding the participants who were recruited through Mturk.


Who has reviewed the study?

Research in the University of Portsmouth is looked at by an independent group of people, called an Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies Ethics Committee.


Further information and contact details

You are welcome to see the results and findings once the research is complete. At completion and when the research findings are published you are welcome to express your feelings about the research, the researchers and your participation. For any other queries, please contact the researcher in the first instance on the details given above. Thank you for taking the time to read this information regardless whether you decide to participate or not.

If you submit your answers you will not be able to return to this page.