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    Good Day All

    My name is Joshua Gledhill and I am writing to ask if you would be kind enough to help me gather information for my dissertation project at the University of Brighton U.K. The aim of the study is to: Explore the opportunities for and the barriers against the development and investment in renewable energy technologies to assist or provide full locomotive power to the world’s shipping industry.

    I am interested in this topic because the push towards sustainability is becoming increasingly prevalent in the conscience of modern governance. Negative environmental, social and economic impacts associated to our heavy dependence on fossil fuels are likely to increase. At the same time the current and future transport of goods by sea is an essential societal need. Numerous technologies are currently being developed to provide propulsive power to ocean going vessels with the objective to save fuel consumption, associated costs and environmental impacts.

    As this questionnaire is part of a research project there are two attached documents below that offers you additional information about the study which will need to be read and signed (I have included a section in the questionnaire where you can sign your consent). The confidentiality of your input will be respected and maintained.

    If you feel that for any reason you cannot complete the questionnaire I would be sincerely grateful if you could pass it on to a colleague that may like to be involved. My gratitude would stretch further if you could pass this questionnaire to numerous colleagues that you feel would be interested in this study.

    When this investigation is complete I would like to offer you the results in the form of the finalised report.

    Link to the Survey: http://eSurv.org?s=OBNNJK_87a8a260

    Kind Regards
    Joshua Gledhill

    Participant Information Sheet


    Study title: Renewable energy’s future role in the global shipping industry

    You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish.
    Please ask Joshua Gledhill if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

    What is the purpose of the study?
    The aim of this study you are being asked to help develop is to: Explore the opportunities for and the barriers against the development and investment in renewable energy technologies to assist or provide full locomotive power to the world’s shipping industry.
    The push towards sustainability is becoming increasingly prevalent in the conscience of modern governance. Negative environmental, social and economic impacts associated to our heavy dependence on fossil fuels are likely to increase. At the same time the current and future transport of goods by sea is an essential societal need. Numerous technologies are currently being developed to provide propulsive power to ocean going vessels with the objective to save fuel consumption, associated costs and environmental impacts. This research project however is for a university undergraduate dissertation and its primary objective is to increase current understanding of effectiveness of driving mechanisms.

    Why have I been chosen?
    I am asking for your cooperation with this project as I believe that the knowledge you possess as a result of being an experienced professional within the shipping industry will add great value to the final analysis of the data obtained.

    Do I have to take part?
    Your participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time without giving any reason, without your rights being affected. However, by contributing your opinion to this study will allow Joshua Gledhill to gain an increased appreciation for the drivers within this area of development resulting with a much higher value gained by his investigation.

    What will happen to me if I take part?
    The questionnaire should take you no longer than ten minutes to complete.
    If you are happy to discuss these issues further over a telephone conversation, just state YES or NO on the Consent Form. If you state yes then this too should take no longer then 10 minutes.
    The dissertation will be finalised by the 7th May 2014 and I will be more than happy to forward the findings of this investigation to anyone who participates.

    Confidentiality.
    Your personal details (including your contact details) will remain confidential. Data will be stored in a password secure area and destroyed after the 7th May 2014. Some sections of any data collected during the study may be looked at by Prof. David J. Nash., the supervisor of this dissertation for teaching and research purposes only.
    However, If you would be happy with the answers you give to be quoted in the paper then please state your choice on the Consent Form.

    What are the possible advantages / disadvantages and risks of taking part?
    There are no risks to you, other staff members or your company by taking part in this research. Volunteering a small amount of your time will be the only disadvantage to yourself, however the information I will gain to increase current knowledge of this subject will be very much appreciated and when the study is completed you will also gain access to this information.

    What if there is a problem?
    If at any time you wish to make a complaint as to how your information has been collected, handled or represented then you can contact Prof. David J. Nash ([email protected]) (00 44 1273 642423) or at Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, BN2 4GJ


    My personal contact details:

    Name: Mr Joshua Gledhill

    E-mail: jg294 [at] uni.brighton.ac.uk

    Consent Form

    Title of Project: Renewable energy’s future role in the global shipping industry

    Name of Researcher: Mr Joshua C. Gledhill

    1. I agree to be involved in this research which aims to, “Explore the opportunities for and the barriers against the development and investment in renewable energy technologies to assist or provide full locomotive power to the world’s shipping industry”. I give my permission for Joshua Gledhill to use excerpts from the questionnaire I have been presented with.

    2. Joshua Gledhill has explained to my satisfaction the purpose of the study. I have been informed of the nature and purposes of the study and have read the information sheet. I understand the principles and processes of the study.

    3. I am aware that I will be asked to provide my honest opinion to the questions and statements offered within the questionnaire given.

    4. After answering the questionnaire and at a convenient time, I would be happy to further discuss the issues raised with Joshua Gledhill over a telephone conversation. Please indicate your response to this statement in the questionnaire.

    5. I understand that my personal details (including my contact details) will remain confidential. Data will be stored in a password secured area and destroyed after the 7th May 2014.
    I understand that relevant sections of any data collected during the study may be looked at by Prof. David J. Nash., the supervisor of this dissertation for teaching and research purposes only.
    However, If you would be happy with the answers you give to be quoted in the paper then please indicate your response in the questionnaire.

    6. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time without giving any reason, without my rights being affected. However, by contributing my opinion to this study will allow Joshua Gledhill to gain an increased appreciation for the drivers within this area of development giving a much higher value to this investigation.

    7. I understand that the data collected will be used as part of a dissertation project. I understand that the data will be used in writing up and disseminating Joshua Gledhill’s research. (The dissertation will be held in the School of the Environment & Technology department at University of Brighton). I understand that only anonymous excerpts from the research will be used in the write up.

    8. I agree to take part in the above study.

    Best Wishes
    Joshua Gledhill
    Last edited by alistairuk; 15 March 2014, 05:14 PM. Reason: Removing some personal details
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