Impact of environmental sustainability on 5 star hotel reputation. A case study of The Ritz – Carlton Shanghai, Pudong.

Impact of environmental sustainability on 5 star hotel reputation. A case study of The Ritz – Carlton Shanghai, Pudong.

1. Your Name:

2. Programme name and code


3. Contact Info



Tel No.









4. Module name and code


5.  Name of project supervisor


6. Title or topic area of proposed study






7. What are the aim and objectives of your study?  








8. Brief review of relevant literature and rationale for study: list references of approximately 6 publications that you view to be key publications focusing on your research topic.  On this list, include a minimum of 4 key methodology references.  This list should be alphabetised and stapled to the back of the proposal form.  (You should not attach copies of the publications).


















9. Outline of study design and methods








































10. Research Ethics



Does the proposed study entail ethical considerations    Yes  /  No       (please circle as appropriate)


If ‘No’ provide a statement below to support this position. 

If ‘Yes’ move on to Question 11.









11. Ethical Considerations:  Please indicate how you intend to address each of the following in your study. Points and relate particularly to projects involving human participants. 

Guidance to completing this section of the form is provided at the end of the document.


  1. Consent



  1. Deception



  1. Debriefing



  1. Withdrawal from the investigation



  1. Confidentiality



  1. Protection of participants 



  1. Observation research [complete if applicable]



  1. Giving advice



  1. Research undertaken in public places  [complete if applicable]



  1. Data protection



  1. Animal Rights [complete if applicable]



  1. Environmental protection [complete if applicable]



12. Sample: Please provide a detailed description of the study sample, covering selection, number, age, and if appropriate, inclusion and exclusion criteria.  






13. Are payments or rewards/incentives going to be made to the participants?  If so, please give details below.  







14. What study materials will you use? (Please give full details here of validated scales, bespoke questionnaires, interview schedules, focus group schedules etc and staple all materials to the back of the proposal)  


















15. What resources will you require?  (e.g. psychometric scales, equipment, such as video camera, specialised software, access to specialist facilities, such as microbiological containment laboratories).












16. Have / Do you intend to request ethical approval from any other body/organisation ?     Yes  /  No    (please circle as appropriate)


If ‘Yes’ – please give details below.








17. The information supplied is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, accurate.  I clearly understand my obligations and the rights of the participants.  I agree to act at all times in accordance with University of Derby Code of Practice on Research Ethics


Date of submission………………………………..


Signature of applicant……………………………………………


Signature of project supervisor ……………………………………………





PLEASE SUBMIT ALONG WITH THIS APPLICATION THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION WHERE APPROPRIATE (please tick to indicate the material that has been included or provide information as to why it is not available):




Questionnaires/Interview schedules


Covering letters/Information sheets
Briefing and debriefing material
Consent forms for participants



Advice on completing the ethical considerations aspects of a programme of research



Informed consent must be obtained for all participants before they take part in your project. The form should clearly state what they will be doing, drawing attention to anything they could conceivably object to subsequently. It should be in language that the person signing it will understand. It should also state that they can withdraw from the study at any time and the measures you are taking to ensure the confidentiality of data. If children are recruited from schools you will require the permission, depending on the school, of the head teacher, and of parents. Children over 14 years should also sign an individual consent form themselves. If conducting research on children you will normally also require Criminal Records Bureau clearance.  You will need to check with the school if they require you to obtain one of these.  It is usually necessary if working alone with children, however, some schools may request you have CRB clearance for any type of research you want to conduct within the school. Research to be carried out in any institution (prison, hospital, etc.) will require permission from the appropriate authority.


Covert or Deceptive Research

Research involving any form of deception can be particularly problematical, and you should provide a full explanation of why a covert or deceptive approach is necessary, why there are no acceptable alternative approaches not involving deception, and the scientific justification for deception.



How will participants be debriefed (written or oral)?  If they will not be debriefed, give reasons. Please attach the written debrief or transcript for the oral debrief. This can be particularly important if covert or deceptive research methods are used.




Withdrawal from investigation

Participants should be told explicitly that they are free to leave the study at any time without jeopardy.  It is important that you clarify exactly how and when this will be explained to participants.  Participants also have the right to withdraw their data in retrospect, after you have received it.  You will need to clarify how they will do this and at what point they will not be able to withdraw (i.e. after the data has been analysed and disseminated).


Protection of participants

Are the participants at risk of physical, psychological or emotional harm greater than encountered ordinary life? If yes, describe the nature of the risk and steps taken to minimise it.


Observational research

If observational research is to be conducted without prior consent, please describe the situations in which observations will take place and say how local cultural values and privacy of individuals and/or institutions will be taken into account.


Giving advice

Students should not put themselves in a position of authority from which to provide advice and should in all cases refer participants to suitably qualified and appropriate professionals.


Research in public places

You should pay particular attention to the implications of research undertaken in public places. The impact on the social environment will be a key issue. You must observe the laws of obscenity and public decency. You should also have due regard to religious and cultural sensitivities.


Confidentiality/Data Protection

You must comply with the Data Protection Act and the University’s Good Scientific Practice  This means:

  • It is very important that the Participant Information Sheet includes information on what the research is for, who will conduct the research, how the personal information will be used, who will have access to the information and how long the information will be kept for. This is known as a ‘fair processing statement.’
  • You must not do anything with the personal information you collect over and above that for which you have consent.
  • You can only make audio or visual recordings of participants with their consent (this should be stated on the Participant Information sheet)
  • Identifiable personal information should only be conveyed to others within the framework of the act and with the participant’s permission.
  • You must store data securely. Consent forms and data should be stored separately and securely.
  • You should only collect data that is relevant to the study being undertaken.
  • Data may be kept indefinitely providing its sole use is for research purposes and meets the following conditions:
  • The data is not being used to take decisions in respect of any living individual.
  • The data is not being used in any which is, or is likely to, cause damage and/or distress to any living individual.
  • You should always protect a participant’s anonymity unless they have given their permission to be identified (if they do so, this should be stated on the Informed Consent Form).
  • All data should be returned to participants or destroyed if consent is not given after the fact, or if a participant withdraws.


Animal rights.

Research which might involve the study of animals at the University is not likely to involve intrusive or invasive procedures. However, you should avoid animal suffering of any kind and should ensure that proper animal husbandry practices are followed. You should show respect for animals as fellow sentient beings.


Environmental protection

The negative impacts of your research on the natural environment and animal welfare, must be minimised and must be compliant to current legislation. Your research should appropriately weigh longer-term research benefit against short-term environmental harm needed to achieve research goals.