Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You are being invited to take part in a research project about Lothians residents’ psychological and social experiences during the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). Your contribution will help inform understanding about the effects of social isolation across different residents of Edinburgh and the Lothians. Participation is open to anyone currently residing in the Lothians, regardless of nationality, and is entirely voluntary. It is only open to those in isolation, either alone or with other household members.

You can make either a video or audio diary – whichever you are most comfortable with. You could also film other things, and add a voiceover to it if you prefer. We’re looking for recordings that represent your perspective on Covid-19.

Your recording can be as long as you like, but we’d suggest at least 5 minutes.

You can add multiple audio or video files for upload using the same upload link in the survey, as long as they are all of the same person. If you want to send us recordings in the future, contact us at, and we’ll provide instructions.

Please note that individual participants can only be paid once (i.e. for one audio/video diary and one set of survey responses). You must both upload a recording and complete the survey in order to qualify for payment.

Our Participate page has some ideas for things you could talk about.

Send us an email at and we’ll get in touch.

If you want to ask any questions or advice from someone external to the study, or if you wish to make a complaint about the study, the please contact: Chris Cummins, Email:

For general information on how we use your data, go to:

Yes, as long as you have the right to share the video with us.

We don’t mind where you’re from originally, but right now we’re only collecting video diaries from current residents of the Lothians regions.

No, you just need to be a resident of the Lothians. We’re looking for lots of different perspectives!

No, we welcome diaries in any language and we especially welcome contributions in Gaelic and Scots.

It can take up to two weeks to process payments. 

You’ll be shown an upload box after filling in the online consent form (as part of the survey). You’ll be shown a unique ID number (video ID), which you’ll need to enter into the uploader so that we can match your recording to your survey answers. We will need to check that you have completed both the survey and uploaded a recording in order to pay you!

To be eligible for the £15 payment, we’ll need you to complete the survey too.

Unfortunately, we can only pay for participation once. However, if you would like to make further video/audio diary contributions anyway, please get in touch:

The research team will be sharing the results of the project via a website to be made at the conclusion of the study. To be contacted when the website is ready, please give us your email address at the end of the study.

The participation portal closed to new submissions on 15th July 2021. 

We would be delighted to talk to you about similar projects! You can reach us at and also on social media (links above).

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