Remote Learning Study

If you’re currently taking, or just finished a degree course, let us know how you experienced the move to remote learning.

Invitation to participate in a study of the impact of learning mode on student engagement.

This study aims to more fully understand the factors affecting undergraduate students’ engagement with their learning, including forms of remote learning. The study forms part of a larger PhD project at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge and we are particularly interested in gathering the experiences and views of a wide a range of students. The study is led by Julie Bailey, a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, supervisor for the Education Tripos and a Specialist Learning Mentor for the University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre.

What does the study involve?

Participation in this research project involves completing an online survey about your experiences of engaging with a range of modes of learning, including supervision and lectures during the last academic year. You will be asked about both in-person and remote modes of learning.  The study focuses on your own experiences of different modes of learning, and is not about specific lecturers, supervisors, or other people on your course. 

What is the intended outcome of the study?

The present study is designed to gain a general understanding of students’ experiences of engaging with different modes of learning, rather than details about specific courses or staff.  The outcome of the phase that you are being asked to take part in will be a new updated measure of students’ engagement with different modes of learning.  This will make it easier in the future to understand students’ experiences of engaging with online and in-person modes of learning.  General findings (not identifying any individuals or courses) will be published, which may help to develop and improve staff awareness and services for students.

The study is not part of the course evaluations that you may complete elsewhere, and it is not part of the student experiences surveys that are collected by the Universities themselves.  The study is a separate piece of independent research, that will preserve anonymity of all the individuals involved. As such, if you raise concerns about specific experiences on your course, you will not receive a response to these via this survey.  If you wish to have a response to any concerns about your course, you should raise them via the normal reporting routes within your department or College. 

The survey can be accessed here.

The Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, has ethical oversight of the research project. If you would like further information about the procedures outlined here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is voluntary, and you will take part only if you give consent. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent by simply not submitting the form at the end of the survey. Withdrawal from the study removes your information from the data collection and any subsequent summary findings. After this time, your responses may have informed the development of the engagement measure and may be included in anonymised, summary findings. Individuals will not be identifiable from the published findings.

Will the study benefit me?

There are no direct benefits to you of taking part, but your participation is extremely valuable in adding to our understanding of experience of learning at university.

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

All aspects of the study, including results, will be strictly confidential. All data will be identified only by a code, details kept in a separate password-protected file with access only by the researcher and their supervisor. A report(s) of the study may be submitted for publication and the findings presented at national and international conferences related to this area of research, but individual participants will not be identifiable in such a report(s).

What if I require further information?

If you have any questions about the study, you are welcome to contact me at If you are experiencing any difficulties with your mental health, have some useful information and resources. This study is supervised by Dr Sara Baker (

Julie Bailey,

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Julie Bailey,
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

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