Due to the nature of the project (potentially working with people from vulnerable groups who may not be able to give consent) the ethics application is somewhat involved. This has been quite a rigorous process, initially frustrating it has led to me becoming more au fait with the concepts and theories of research ethics and the process of qualitative and quantatitive research. This is something which I would not have done if left to my own devices, but it has given me a sense of achievement. I have currently resubmitted my application and am awaiting the green light from the ethics committee. I cannot approach any participants until the ethics committee have signed it off.