Help shape the design of our University’s Inclusive Active Learning Spaces

Our research team are looking for students to take part in a study to investigate the ideal learning environment. We want to find out what inclusive active learning spaces and situations look like for all students to help inform the refurbishment of existing spaces and new buildings throughout the University of Glasgow. The results of the study will inform the active learning agenda and will result in a clear set of online guidelines for staff and tips for all students.

Who are we recruiting?

  • Current students of the University of Glasgow over 18 years old
  • All students can take part in this study and we are keen to include as many students with disabilities and/or impairments.

What does participation involve?

  • Taking part in a group session lasting 1.5 hours, during which each group draws a ‘Rich Picture’. Rich Pictures (RP) is a visual thinking device and research method to help explore and share ideas and perspectives on complex issues. The use of images to think about issues allows our intuitive consciousness to communicate more easily via images rather than words. 
  • You will be asked, as a group, to draw for about 20 minutes in response to a question that focuses on your ideal learning scenario. We aren’t looking for artistic ability - everyone can draw!
  • After the drawing session each group takes turn to explain their picture and there will be discussion of pictures across groups. The presentation and discussion of the pictures will be audio-recorded and transcribed. 
  • For each group taking part in the Rich Pictures session we will use participants’ names to request anonymised data from the University of Glasgow’s disability service. This will allow us to determine the number of declared disabilities in each group but this information will not be matched to participant names for any of the project team.

When will the sessions take place?

We have planned four sessions, all in the St Andrews Building, and refreshments will be provided. Take a look and see if any of these would be good for you:

  • Wed 25th September 13:00-14:30
  • Mon 7th October 12.00-13:30
  • Wed 9th October 13:00-14:30
  • Wed 9th October 15.00-16:30
  • Mon 21st October 12.00-13.30

Who should I contact for more information, or to participate?

  • Please email us to express interest in participating in a session. The email address can be found at the end of the privacy notice, below.

Privacy notice & contact information

Your Personal Data

The University of Glasgow will be what’s known as the ‘Data Controller’ of your personal data processed in relation to your contact details supplied as part of the registration process for the Rich Pictures Inclusive Active Learning ‘study sessions’.

This Privacy Notice will explain how the University will process your personal data.

Why we need it

We are collecting your basic personal data in order to process your participation in a ‘study session’ and to be able to keep you informed of relevant information. We will only collect data that we need in order to fulfil and oversee this.

Legal basis for processing your data

We must have a legal basis for processing all personal data. In this instance, the legal basis is ‘Consent’. ’Consent’ in this case, is evidenced by you registering for the ‘study session’.

What we do with it and who we share it with

All the personal data you submit is processed by staff at the University of Glasgow in the UK, and stays on university servers.

We will use your contact details to share with you the results of the research project.

How long do we keep it for

Your data will be retained by the University until the conclusion of the research project including requested feedback, this will be no longer than 3 months.  After this time, data held by the University will be securely deleted.

What are your rights?

You can request access to the information we process about you at any time. If at any point you believe that the information we process relating to you is incorrect, you can request to see this information and may in some instances request to have it restricted, corrected or, erased. You may also have the right to object to the processing of data and the right to data portability.

As we are using ‘Consent’ as the legal basis to process your personal data, you also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact


If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact the University Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Contact details

If you have any questions relating to this consent form or the way we are planning to use your information please contact the dedicated research project email below.

Study Participation

By emailing the address below you consent to your data being process, as described above.

To participate in a session, email:

This study has been reviewed by the University of Glasgow Science and Engineering College Research Ethics Committee (CREC)