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When individuals in the education sector speak up or raise a concern, who listens and what happens?

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Michelle Edmondson

I am recruiting participants for my research project which forms part of my MSc in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. The purpose of the study is to consider the identities which are created and maintained by those who speak up, and how people interpret power as part of their motivation for speaking up. The project will provide suggestions for organisations to learn from stories within the UK education sector, which could benefit their speak up cultures.

I am inviting those working or volunteering within the UK education sector to take part in this study. To participate you should have at least one of the following:

  • Past (not current) experience of speaking up
  • Past experience of being part of a speaking up investigation
  • Past experience of observing speaking up in an organisation
  • Past or current experience of working on policies and practices of speaking up

Those currently in an active speak up situation should not participate.

The method is to write a story of your experience circa 500-1000 words, which may take up to an hour. Guidance will be provided. There is an option to follow this with a research interview if you additionally consent to this. Participants can access the survey here to provide a fully anonymous submission or can email for more information at

This study has received ethics approach from Birkbeck and all responses will be confidential and anonymous.

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