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Information for School Students:
BEATS-2 Student Survey

Watch a 7-minute video about the BEATS-2 Student Survey for students in 2021–2022 (137 MB)

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BEATS_Photo_B3_Info-Students_1Why are we doing this study?

This is a study looking at:

  • How you get to and from school,
  • Your opinion about the different ways of travelling to school (on foot, by bike, by bus and by car),
  • What your school neighbourhood is like, and
  • How much physical activity you do.

We hope you will be able to take part if approached by your school. The results of the study will help to make you and all students in New Zealand healthier and safer.

Why you?

This study is working with Dunedin secondary school students aged between 13 and 18 years and that includes you.

You do not have to take part, but if you do it will make a real difference.

What would you have to do?

If you decide to take part, you will:

  • Complete an online questionnaire, and
  • Have your height and weight measured

This will be completed at your school during one school period. We will ask you to take off only your jacket and shoes in a screened off area and only researchers will see your data.

All survey participants will be entered in a draw to win one of fifty $20 book vouchers per school.


Find out How Active You Are: Wear a small activity meter for 7 days (the size is a little larger than an iPod shuffle) and you will get a graph showing your daily physical activity levels. See information sheet for details.

Share Your Opinions: Participate in a focus group at your school. You will talk to other group members about your opinions about the different modes of transport to school. (45-60 minutes at school)

What do you and your school get in return?

  • All survey participants will enter in a draw to win one of fifty $20 book vouchers per school.
  • Activity meter participants will get a graph of their activity from at least 1 day and may receive up to a $10 book voucher.
  • All focus group participants will receive a $10 book voucher.

After completion of the study, each participating school will receive a $250 book voucher as a gift to the school library and a report with the results of the study for their school. These results will be averages of all the students together.

Where do I get more information about this study?

You can download the study information sheet for students here:

What information do you have for my parents/guardians?

You can download information about this study for your parents here:

What do I do next?

Please talk with your parent/guardian about this study. Parental consent is not required for this study. You can decide for yourself if you would like to participate in this study.

How do I sign up?

If you would like to take part, you can download and print the consent form from the link below. All invited students will receive a copy of the BEATS-2 Study information package from their school. Please sign the consent form and bring it back to your school reception.

If you would also like to wear an activity meter, you will need to also fill out this form:

Who can tell me more about this study?

If you have any questions you can contact the BEATS-2 Study Coordinator by telephone, email or by writing:

BEATS-2 Study Coordinator 
Tel +64 3 479 5461
Address: Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, 9054

We hope you will be interested in taking part in the BEATS-2 Study if approached by your school.

List of Dunedin secondary schools

Bayfield High School
Columba College
John McGlashan College
Kaikorai Valley College
Kavanagh College
King's High School
Logan Park High School
Otago Boys' High School
Otago Girls' High School
Queen's High School
St Hilda's Collegiate School
Taieri College

Thank you to all past BEATS Research participants!

The BEATS Research Team would like to thank all 1780 students from all 12 Dunedin secondary schools who took part in the BEATS Student Survey in Dunedin 2014-2015. In addition, 1014 secondary school students from 11 out of 15 secondary schools located in the wider region of Otago took part in the BEATS Rural Study in 2018. Finally, 50 students from a secondary school in Christchurch completed the survey in 2015. Their time and effort have been much appreciated and created a lot of value to their schools, Dunedin City and New Zealand!