Sample Semi-structured Interview Schedule

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Example semi-structured interview schedule
• Say Hi! Introduce yourself and the aims of the project, explain how the interview will
help you
• Allow the participant to introduce themselves and what they do etc.
• What research is being done in this department?
• What are the specialist areas?
• Where does the money come from for the research?
• What have been some of the major findings / successes?
• Are budget cuts from government research funding likely?
• Have there been major industry sponsors or funders?
• How is research changing?
• How is funding changing? Where is it coming from?
• Who is funding more research? Who decides this?
• What drives these changes?
• Is this research money influenced by public debate and issues?
• Are there a lot of post-graduate researchers here?
• Does the department have guidelines on research and ethics?
• How about guidelines on social responsibility?
• What arrangements are there usually between the university and it's sponsors?
• Who gets the results of the research or Intellectual Property? Are they made
Example semi-structured interview schedule
• Say Hi! Introduce yourself and the aims of the project, explain how the interview will
help you
• Allow the participant to introduce themselves and what they do etc.
• What research is being done in this department?
• What are the specialist areas?
• Where does the money come from for the research?
• What have been some of the major findings / successes?
• Are budget cuts from government research funding likely?
• Have there been major industry sponsors or funders?
• How is research changing?
• How is funding changing? Where is it coming from?
• Who is funding more research? Who decides this?
• What drives these changes?
• Is this research money influenced by public debate and issues?
• Are there a lot of post-graduate researchers here?
• Does the department have guidelines on research and ethics?
• How about guidelines on social responsibility?
• What arrangements are there usually between the university and it's sponsors?
• Who gets the results of the research or Intellectual Property? Are they made
publicly available?
• What kind of things are being sponsored by industry?
• Do the government research councils have issues they will / won't fund?
• Is the recession affecting what gets funded?
• Are you ever worried about what gets funded, or who is funding it?
• Do you think public opinion and media debate affects research agendas?

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