Personality and academic/professional standing

Online Information and Consent Form (Version 1 (27/05/2015)


Welcome to the “Personality and academic/professional standing” survey!

Thank you for visiting this survey page. This survey has been approved by the Psychology Ethics Committee, University of Southampton, UK (ref 15397).

Before deciding whether to participate, please read the following information.  You will need to indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue.  You must also be aged over 18 years of age to participate.  By checking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.


Dr. Hedwig Eisenbarth and Dr. Claire Hart, Department of Psychology, University of Southampton

About the Study

This study is aimed at understanding the relationship between personality aspects and academic / professional success.

We are requesting your participation in an online survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete, and will ask questions about yourself, your personality and your academic / professional standing.

You should complete the study when you are alone at your computer and your responses cannot be overseen. Please take your time to respond to the questions thoughtfully and openly. Please also make sure that you do have 30 minutes free time when you start the survey in order to fill in all questions without interruptions. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers – so feel free to provide completely honest responses.

Risks and Benefits

There are no significant risks involved in this study beyond those you would encounter in everyday life.  You may find that some of the questions are quite personal, but you may leave any questions blank that you would prefer not to answer.  We do recommend that you complete the survey in private so that you feel able to be open and honest.

You may benefit from participating in addition to the payment, because at the end you will learn about our specific research aims, as well as what scientists currently know about these topics.  In addition, you will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of how people go about their everyday lives. 


Your participation in this study is as anonymous as practically possible.  All data are treated as confidential


If you have any questions, please contact Hedwig Eisenbarth

Legal Stuff and Consent

Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time with no penalty by simply closing the web page.

In consenting, I understand that I am not waiving any legal claims, rights, or remedies.  I also understand that data collected as part of this research project will be kept confidential and that published results will maintain that confidentiality.  I finally understand that if I have any questions about my rights as a participant in this research, or if I feel that I have been placed at risk, I may contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 02380 593856 or 23856, or email

I certify that I am 18 years old or above.  I currently am a student in the UK. I have read the above consent form and I give consent to participate in the above described research.