What is the study about?

It is recognised that work Is changing, shaped by changes in society, including the economy and technology. The BeLongEng project will study how and why engineering work is changing, and will provide an evidence base for policy and education changes.

How many participants do you need to recruit?

We have not yet determined the number of participants we will need to recruit, but it is likely in the order of hundreds or thousands of participants. We will be determining the number of participants in early-to-mid 2021.

How often will you survey participants?

We have not decided on the frequency of surveying. Most longitudinal studies survey their participants between every six months to two years. We will be determining the frequency of participants in early-to-mid 2021.

When is the project starting?

The project is in its preliminary development stages. We are planning to initiate the first recruitment and data collection wave in late 2021.

Has anything been done like this before?

Longitudinal studies are common in health fields. There have been some longitudinal studies on engineering students, and those entering the workforce, but none which track engineers throughout their careers.

What does BeLongEng mean?

We are interested in what it means to be an engineer (Be), as well as the sense of belonging to the profession. Long represents the longitudinal nature of the study, and Eng represents engineering.

Will you be expanding the project to other regions?

The initial focus of the BeLongEng project is on engineers in New Zealand and Australia. We may expand to other regions, depending on resources and the applicability of the research methodology to different regions.

How will participants privacy be protected?

Participant’s privacy is of utmost importance to us. We will be following strict human research ethics protocols to protect the information and identity of our prticipants.

Who is involved in the study?

The study is being led by Assoc. Prof. Enda Crossin from the University of Canterbury. The research team are from universities across New Zealand and Australia. For further information on who is involved in the study please visit xxxx.

How can I get involved?

We have a number of pathways for involvement in the study, depending on your interest. For further information on who is involved in the study please visit xxxx.

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