Participant Information Statement

What is this study about?

This study is part of a Leverhulme-funded research project titled ‘Caribbean Literary Heritage: Recovering the Lost Past and Safeguarding the Future’ led by Professor Alison Donnell as principal researcher, and Professor Kei Miller as co-researcher in the project.

The purpose of the study is to offer a fuller perspective into the significance of literary archives in Caribbean literature, their development, changing needs and role in the future of literary production, preservation and scholarship.

The data collected in author questionnaires will inform written academic publications, as well as presentations at conferences and via the website. Additionally, the project team will be producing advice on how to build and preserve literary archives based on findings from the research and conversations with authors, literary archivists, and other specialists.

The information that you share through the questionnaire will not be disclosed beyond the project team without permission, except as required by law. Extracts may be published and discussed in presentations at conferences and via the website, and you will be identified in these publications if you decide to participate in this study.

Participants will not personally receive any financial benefits as a result of these outcomes. The funding covers researchers’ salaries and travel expenses but there is no provision for financial benefit for participating authors.


Who is running the study?

The study is being carried out by the following researchers:

  • Alison Donnell, Professor of English and Head of School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • Kei Miller, author and Professor of English and Creative Writing, Department of English, University of Exeter
  • Marta Fernández Campa, Senior Research Associate, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • Jen McDerra, PhD student at the University of East Anglia, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Zakiya McKenzie, PhD student, Department of English, University of Exeter


Can I withdraw my participation from the study once I’ve started the questionnaire?

This questionnaire is voluntary and you do not have to take part. Your decision whether to participate will not affect your current or future relationship with the researchers or anyone else at the University of East Anglia or the University of Exeter.

If you decide to take part in the study and then change your mind later, you are free to withdraw at any time. You can do this by writing an email informing us of your decision to Dr. Marta Fernández Campa ( or Professor Alison Donnell (


What will happen to information about me that is collected during the study?

 The responses collected will be collected via a Microsoft Form linked to a spreadsheet that is stored at UEA’s University One Drive, a password protected cloud storage. Documents will be securely destroyed ten years after the conclusion of the study (2030) unless we have your written permission to preserve them. This can be done in writing addressed to Alison Donnell ( or Marta Fernández Campa (, before 30 September 2020.

By providing your consent, you are agreeing to us collecting personal information about you for the purposes of this research study. Your information will only be used for the purposes outlined in this Participant Information Statement, unless you consent otherwise. Data management will follow the 1998 Data Protection Act and successor legislation, as well as the University of East Anglia Research Data Management Policy (2013).

What if I would like further information about the study?

If you have any queries you can contact Dr. Marta Fernández Campa ( or Professor Alison Donnell (; +44 (0)1603 59 7366).


Will I be told the results of the study?

 You have a right to receive feedback about the overall results of this study. You can tell us that you wish to receive feedback by email (Marta Fernández Campa, This feedback will be in the form of a one page summary of the findings.


What if I have a complaint or any concerns about the study?

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved under the regulations of the University of East Anglia’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning Research Ethics Committee.

 If there is a problem please let me know. You can contact us at the following address:

Marta Fernández Campa

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
University of East Anglia