Submission Information

Who is doing the research/ evaluation?

Researchers from the Helena Kennedy Centre (HKC) at the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University are conducting this research.

What is the purpose of the research study?

We want to find out:

  • What visual cultural symbols define probation work?
  • What are the personal, professional and social histories that can be represented in probation artefacts?
  • Can probation be represented by abstract objects?
  • What are the commonalities and differences in the international cultural representation of probation?
What does the project involve?

Probation in Objects is built on work by Professor Mark Doel who has conducted similar research in the field of Social Work. Our project asks participants to provide a visual representation (artefact) of how they feel about the current / past work in the Probation Service; alongside a short narrative of your chosen depiction (up to 200 word).  You are also invited to complete the demographics sample to provide context to your experience of Probation. With your consent the submissions will be stored securely and presented on-line in a blog.

How can I be involved?    

You can get involved by participating in a range of research activities:

    • Submit a picture of your artefact
    • Submit a write up of a maximum of 200 words about your artefact
    • Submit a short biography to frame the context of your work in probation
    • Tell someone about the project who might have an artefact to submit
    • Submit information to our form on the Submit Object page
What does agreeing to be involved mean for me?   

Participation is completely voluntary and there is neither advantage nor disadvantage as a result of deciding to participate or not. If you change your mind you have 7 days to withdraw your data. The artefacts will be curated, published on a blog, made into a book and the findings written up for other academic purposes, like publications of papers and books.  Direct quotes from those who have submitted a text to accompany their picture may be used but these quotes are always used anonymously if indicated in the consent form, no names or other identifying details will be used. 

General Data Protection Regulation

The University undertakes research as part of its function for the community under its legal status. Data protection allows us to use personal data for research with appropriate safeguards in place under the legal basis of public tasks that are in the public interest.  A full statement of your rights can be found at: However, all University research is reviewed to ensure that participants are treated appropriately and their rights respected. This study was approved by UREC with Converis number ER8933744. Further information at:

You should contact the Data Protection Officer if:

·      you have a query about how your data is used by the University

·      you would like to report a data security breach (e.g. if you think your personal data has been lost or disclosed inappropriately)

·      you would like to complain about how the University has used your personal data on:

You should contact the Head of Research Ethics (Dr Mayur Ranchordas) if:

·      you have concerns with how the research was undertaken or how you were treated on:

Postal address:  Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WBT. Telephone: 0114 225 5555

If you would like any further information about the study, Please contact:

Andrew Fowler or Tom Brown

  • Telephone: Andrew: 0114 225 6537 Tom: 0114 225 3398
  • E-mail: Andrew: Tom:
  • Post:14 Heart of the Campus Building, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2BQ.