A reminder, I'm looking for letters of support from funeral companies, the ethics paperwork has to be submitted by the 5th of March. So I am going to chasing up companies properly over the next week to find letters.
The letters are not a commitment or obligation from the company, nor will this be seen by anyone except a handful of ethics people; but the letters are essential to my application as without them I suspect approval will be denied or delayed. The letter does not say how a company will work with me, companies are more than entitled to their own individual conditions and restrictions as they see fit.
Really, the letter of support really is just a symbol to the ethics pannel/committee that there are some companies willing (in theory) to work with me. It proves that my research project is at least possible. It's little more than this, and yet I cannot do much without at least two to three.
Basically it's six months of potential work for a 20,000 word thesis; I will get approval after March (if I make that deadline) and have to have the thesis mostly completed in September. Missing the March deadline will push everything back to April, meaning I only get five months to do the work the same work. So if there is a hint of desperation in my tone I think it's well justified, I can't even start recruiting potential participants without ethics approval.
I have even written the letter, so all that it needs is the company name and a signature.
If there are any questions, or you are interested in providing a letter of support, then contact me through: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My supervisor (Dr. Amanda Kearney) would also be happy to answer any questions, but I won't be posting her contact details on this public blog. If you want to contact her simply email me and I will provide her details.