Information about the research

Research project on the 2016 EU leave vote in Salford

An invitation to take part in a research project & complete the following questionnaire


Who are we and what is this research project about?

Hello. Our names are Dr Laura Connelly and Dr Tina G. Patel, and we are criminologists and sociological researchers based at the University of Salford. We are currently undertaking some research into the 2016 EU 'Leave' vote (Brexit), with a focus on the views and experiences of ‘Leave’ voters in Salford. If you fit within this category, we would like to invite you to consider taking part in the study. Your views will be collected through the use of an online survey. We would like to emphasise that there are no right or wrong answers, and we’re keen to gain a wide range of opinions. At no time will your identity be revealed, in fact this will only be known by us, the researchers, who are under strict ethical obligation to keep it confidential.

Before you decide whether or not you would like to be involved, it is important for you to understand this research and what participation would involve for you. Please read the following information carefully and take your time to consider whether or not you would like to take part.

What is this research project hoping to do?

This research project aims to examine the views, experiences and motivations of Salford residents who voted ‘Leave’ in the 2016 EU Referendum. The data generated will contribute to developing an understanding of the concerns and hopes of Salford ‘Leave’ voters, as well as contributing to the discussion of ‘Leave’ voters in Britain more generally.

What are you being asked to do?

We would like to collect your views through the use of an online survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. The questions will ask you about your views and experiences of living in Salford, and your motivations, hopes and concerns that led to your 'Leave' vote in the 2016 EU Referendum.

Do you have to take part in the study and/or answer all the questions?

No. You do not need to take part in the study. Study participation is completely voluntary. We are also unable to offer any financial reimbursements or gift incentives. If you do take part, you do not need to answer every question if you do not want to. In fact, if you change your mind about participating at any time, just let us know and you don’t need to continue to be involved. However, the information given will be retained and used in the research project, unless within 30 days of leaving the survey, you specifically request for it not to be used (via email to:

Will anyone recognise you or know that you took part?

No. Every effort will be made to protect your identity at all times. For example, we will use pseudonyms (i.e. a fake name) for you in all the work. All material will be password protected and locked away at a secure location, only known to and accessible by the researchers. But, we must highlight that if you do disclose anything that is illegal, or suggests risk to self or others, the researchers are duty bound to report it to the appropriate authorities.

What will happen to the study’s findings?

At the end of the research (in approximately 6 months from now), the results will be fed back to you and relevant industry partners (e.g. Salford City Council) via an information event and social media channels. It is also planned for the results to be published in academic arenas (i.e. journals and conferences). The data will be retained and then disposed of securely after 3 years.

What are the benefits of taking part?

We cannot promise the research will help you directly and/or immediately, but the information obtained from the study will be used to increase wider understanding about this subject, including the socio-political concerns of Salford residents.

What are the possible disadvantages or risks of taking part?

In the unlikely event that research participation may lead to discomfort or upset, for example, if sensitive issues are discussed, you will be provided with the contact details of specialist support services. These details are located on the last page of this questionnaire (please note: you do not need to compete the questionnaire to access these details). If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you can speak to us, and we will do our best to answer your questions.

What if you want to make a complaint?

If after speaking to the researchers about any concerns you have, you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this through the University’s complaints procedure, by contacting: Dr Susan McAndrew, Chair of the Health Research Ethics Panel, Room MS1.91, Mary Seacole Building, Frederick Road Campus, University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU. Tel: 0161 295 2778. Email:


If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Dr Laura Connelly. Tel: 0161 295 8106. Email:

Dr Tina G. Patel. Tel: 0161 295 5559. Email: