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What the project's about

MCR Pathways Research Project

ScotCen Social Research has been funded by the Robertson Trust to carry out research on MCR Pathways’ Young Glasgow Talent (YGT) mentoring programme. The research will explore the impact the programme has had on the young people who participate.

Overview of study

ScotCen Social Research is carrying out some research on MCR Pathways’ Young Glasgow Talent (YGT) mentoring programme. We want to find out about young people’s, teachers’ and mentors’ experiences of taking part in the MCR Pathways’ YGT programme, both good and bad, and whether young people think it has made any difference to how they are doing in school and what they will do after they leave school.

Who is carrying out this research?

ScotCen Social Research has been asked to carry out this project by The Robertson Trust, on behalf of the funders of the YGT programme. ScotCen is an independent social research agency, and is an integral part of NatCen Social Research, Britain’s leading centre for independent social research. You can find out more information here.

Why is this research being carried out?

The Robertson Trust who fund the YGT programme want to understand the impact MCR Pathways has had on the young people who participate.

Who has taken part?

Young people, teachers and mentors who were involved in the YGT programme were invited to take part in a short interview about their experience. Taking part in an interview was completely voluntary. Participants did not need to answer any questions they didn’t want to. There were no consequences for anyone who chose not to participate.

What taking part involved?

Each interview lasted around 30 minutes. For young people, this took place at school during or after class time. For mentors and teachers, a telephone interview took place at a time that was convenient for them.

Interested participants were asked to complete a consent form. All pupils were asked to pass the Parent/Carer Information Sheet to the person who looks after them. Both the young person and Parent/Carer were required to sign the consent form before the interview could take place.

With permission, the discussions were audio recorded using encrypted recorders and transcribed to aid analysis. Only the research team have access to the recordings.

Are the interviews confidential?

Yes. All information provided by participants will be treated in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The results collected are used for research purposes only and no one looking at the findings will be able to identify a participant in any way. You can find out more about how we protect your personal information here.

We won’t normally pass on anything we are told by a participant. The only situation where we might need to pass on information is if a participants tells us something that makes us worried that they or someone else is at risk of being harmed.

How will collected information be used?

We will use information collected from this research to write a report which will be published online. The information provided will be treated confidentially and used only for the purpose of the research described above and will be securely deleted 12 months after the final report has been published. ScotCen will not pass any personal details to anybody without permission.

Who to contact if you have questions?

You can find out more information about the research in the attached privacy notice or by contacting Hannah Biggs by email, or call 0131 240 0210.