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#1
Hi ladies and gentlemen,

Just before I jump into all of this and start asking you all to answer a survey; I thought I'd give you a bit of a background.

I am a student at the University of Hull in my final year, undertaking an independent study based on stress and trauma management models used within the British Army. I have chosen this topic as I am aiming to gain a commission as an Officer after University - to which I am undergoing briefing very soon.

As a little credibility, so the anticipated "journo" doesn't get screamed at me - I have spoken to a number of individuals on the forum who have been a great help thus far including mediumwhiteamericano and Markintime whom have forwarded me on to contacts of theirs.

So, what I am asking is that you can spare five minutes of your time to fill in a quick survey for me; this would be greatly appreciated. As for a little compensation (bear in mind I say little), the Arrse community will be included in the acknowledgements of my paper.

Here is the link: Stress management within the British Army Survey

Many thanks,

Brooksy.
 
#5
Not sure what's worse - being accused of being a journo or admitting to being a student?
Fair point you raise there - but at some point in their lives, everyone has been a student..not everyone lacks life ambition so as to become a journo.
 
#6
In all seriousness, and in giving you the benefit of the doubt that this is straight up.. You could enhance your credibility no end by stating:

What course you are studying
When this paper will be published
Who is the audience (and where will it be published)
How will ARRSErs be able to view it if they wish
Have you contacted your local ACIO and made an appointment for interview/briefing
What career you are hoping to achieve in the armed forces

etc..
 
#7
ClungeBob√Cants;4277467 said:
In all seriousness, and in giving you the benefit of the doubt that this is straight up.. You could enhance your credibility no end by stating:

What course you are studying
When this paper will be published
Who is the audience (and where will it be published)
How will ARRSErs be able to view it if they wish
Have you contacted your local ACIO and made an appointment for interview/briefing
What career you are hoping to achieve in the armed forces

etc..
I do appreciate the benefit of the doubt there and am more than willing to part with said information!

I'm currently in my final (3rd) year studying BA Management, the paper hand in date is on the 21st of March, however, I am handing it in on the 16th as I have my AOSB Briefing date on the 19th and 20th and the university hand in desk is not open over the weekends. Bearing that in mind, the audience will simply be my tutors and markers, the paper is not intended to be published.

I may be able to provide an online copy of the paper if any would so wish as to read it once it is finished.

Finally, with regards to the career I hope to achieve, as mentioned I am applying for Army Officer and my top three choices have been the R.Signals, R. Engineers and R. Artillery. I still need to attend familiarisation visits to get a feel for each and where I would be suited best, but my research and interests have led me to those three.

I hope this helps.
 
#8
Personally I dislike the questions that are being asked. They do not seem to be the questions of a research student, but of a journo trying to find a story...as such I will not be participating in the survey.

Why did you choose this subject?
 
#9
Personally I dislike the questions that are being asked. They do not seem to be the questions of a research student, but of a journo trying to find a story...as such I will not be participating in the survey.

Why did you choose this subject?
That is completely fine, I don't expect anyone to participate who doesn't wish to!

I chose this subject as I have a keen interest in the Army, hence my application.
Further to this, within the study of Management, stress is a big issue in the civilian workplace. I realised that it would make for a much better paper if I am writing about something I am interested in, and as I am sure you know, the Army contains a lot of stressful situations that are placed upon it's serving men and women; therefore there is a need for stress management models and training.

So overall, simply because I found an interest in the topic and area that I could angle the topic in rather than the bog standard retail company etc.
 
#10
ClungeBob√Cants;4277467 said:
In all seriousness, and in giving you the benefit of the doubt that this is straight up.. You could enhance your credibility no end by stating:

What course you are studying
When this paper will be published
Who is the audience (and where will it be published)
How will ARRSErs be able to view it if they wish
Have you contacted your local ACIO and made an appointment for interview/briefing
What career you are hoping to achieve in the armed forces

etc..
Admin, re credibility, has OP Brooksy registred on site with an @hull.ac.uk email address?
 
#14
I would just like to thank those of you who have participated; I am very grateful for your input and it is all useful.

Regarding the @hull.ac.uk address, no, I did not sign up with that email due to the fact I use the site in my personal time and I finish university this year; hence that email address will be deleted 3 months thereafter.

Once again, many thanks to those of you who have given your time for me; time to crack on with analysing the data and writing the bloody thing now!
 
#15
#16
I did it mate, but I think that you miss a point.

You ask if we are aware of the subject matter, then you ask us to judge it.

I am aware of many things but I couldn't tell you if they are any good. I believe that this may produce a bias in your results. Should you not have asked if your sample has a working knowledge of the subject in order to inform an opinion?

All research seeks to answer a question. What is yours?
 
#17
I did it mate, but I think that you miss a point.

You ask if we are aware of the subject matter, then you ask us to judge it.

I am aware of many things but I couldn't tell you if they are any good. I believe that this may produce a bias in your results. Should you not have asked if your sample has a working knowledge of the subject in order to inform an opinion?

All research seeks to answer a question. What is yours?
Valid point you raise - but the answers given allow me to filter out responses which may not fit certain criteria but fulfil others.

For example, where someone has not heard of TRiM - I will not include them in the rating of TRiM. But the results given - especially the difference between those who have previously served and are currently serving - show a difference in the awareness of stress and trauma within a military environment.

My overall insight is looking into how stress management has progressed within the military and with an extended view into how the current modern approach of TRiM is fairing to those who are aware of and may be subject to it.

Also, thank you to the extra few who have just taken the time to fill it out.
 
#18
Maybe I'm being a bit obtuse, but the Hull Business School website has this to say about the BA in management:

BA Management

We'll give you a firm foundation for managerial excellence within a wide range of organisations and sectors operating nationally and across the world. As a future manager, you'll have the skills and expertise to ensure that your organisation can thrive when faced with increased competition, unpredictable financial climates and major shifts in workforce demographics.

Through this degree you will gain both a theoretical and a practical understanding of what good managers do, why they do it and how they do it. You will not only be able to ensure that the internal operations of any business you work with are as efficient and effective as possible, but understand the wider business, economic and social environment in which they operate.

You will study real-life corporate scandals and environmental disasters to gain an appreciation of how corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a luxury but an essential element within any organisation.

As you progress through your degree you will gain the skills necessary to guide a business through periods of innovation and change, thinking about what makes a good leader and even discovering your own leadership style and strategies.

In other words, the course has absolutely nothing to do with 'managing' stress.

If you were studying medicine or some other human-sciences based course, I might find it a little more believable.
 
#20
Maybe I'm being a bit obtuse, but the Hull Business School website has this to say about the BA in management:




In other words, the course has absolutely nothing to do with 'managing' stress.

If you were studying medicine or some other human-sciences based course, I might find it a little more believable.
In the final year of University within the business school, a student has the opportunity to either take on the independent study module with 2 other modules, or a dissertation.

An independent study is of a chosen subject matter by the student and comprises of 5000 words - so I am in charge of my own learning and must submit a report with my own research and analysis.

A dissertation comprises of 10,000 words and is of the same instance as the independent study in that the student may choose their own topic.

I chose stress management, as aforementioned I it is a 'hot' topic within the world of business and I was also able to link it to something of interest; the army.

To allay any doubts - feel free to fire an email across to D.Brooks@2009.hull.ac.uk. I will be able to message back any emails that arrive.
 

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