Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency

(Page last updated Thursday 2 April 2020.)

We know that the situation with COVID-19 will have caused varying amounts of disruption to all of the projects funded by EEF. We will be contacting project leaders to find out how the disruption has affected their project, so please watch for an email from us.

In the meantime, we offer the following advice that might help to minimise any impact that the situation might have on running your project and meeting any milestones in the coming months:

Project progress:

For project leads who have planned to conduct any research activities that involve face-to-face interactions (such as focus groups), we propose that alternative solutions such as telephone interviews, email, skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, Canvas quizzes, discussions, or conferencing could be used (please see the canvas course for more information on these last three).

Ethical implications:

Where changes do not affect participant safety and / or data integrity please send a ‘for information only’ update to the Research Ethics Team.

• University of Birmingham IT Services guidance on acceptable online data storage and data collection software https://collaborate.bham.ac.uk/it/itas/Published/Technical Standards/IT Product Guidance.pdf
• Guidance on the key points to consider when switching from face-face interviews or focus groups to telephone or Skype formats (prepared by Dr Craig McAllister in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham) https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/finance/documents/public/Guidance-on-key-ethicalconsiderations-when-switching-to-Skype-or-telephone-interviews.pdf

General guidance on ethical consideration is available on the Ethics Governance webpages: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/finance/RSS/Research-Support-Group/integrity-ethics-governance/Research-Ethics/index.aspx.


Contact us if you need more information: hefi.projects@contacts.bham.ac.uk.