Research Opportunities and SLPs
This page will contain details of SLPs ( Shared Learning Projects ) not on the events page and requests from organisations for volunteers in their research projects.
SLP Shared Learning Project with South London Botanical Institute – its history, people and plants
The South London Botanical Institute was founded over 100 years ago. They would like us to research some of its early history and to conduct interviews with some of their botanical experts.Project meetings will be held on Thursdays. Likely start date 13th September. Applications date deadline is 22nd July
For more details about this SLP click BOTANIC if you wish to get involved with this project for application form click BOTANICAPP( you may need to right click and then choose 'save as' option )
UCL Ear Institute Hearing Research
Often hearing aid users report difficulty hearing speech in noisy
environments as well as identifying where the speech is coming from. This research will look into developing hearing aids with better spatial awareness. Subject with normal hearing and those with hearing aids needed. For more details click UCLHEAR
Imperial College Dementia Research
A chance to register as a research subject for various studies into Dementia - For 50 to 85 years old with no diagnosis of memory problems.
For full details and registration form click DEMRESEARCH
Birbeck Collage - Research into Mental and Physical Health in Older Adults
The purpose of this study is to investigate how people’s physical fitness is related to their mental abilities such as memory and attention.
for details click BIRKBECK
The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
A SLP looking at Daily Life as seen in the bills and receipts of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Please click on here for more details LANGDON
The Royal Philatelic Society London
Next year will be the 150th anniversary of The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). To mark this anniversary an exhibition is being organised of selected items from the museum that will illustrate highlights in the history of the Society.
The members of this SLP will work with the Curator to research,select and agree a range of items from the collection that will tell the history of the RPSL. for more details click RPSLSLP
Effect of aging on cognitive skills
The study will take about 1.5 hours and will be at Guy’s campus next to Guy’s hospital. The participant will be required to do a sequence of walking tasks on their own, or whilst doing a secondary task (e.g naming alternative letters of the alphabet). They will also be required to do some short cognitive tests and answer some questionnaires. for contact click KINGS for full details click INFO
Smithfield and its residents in the year of the Great Plague 1665
This project will seek to look into the impact of the Great Plague, the epidemic of bubonic plague which affected London in 1665, on the residents of Charterhouse, and its close neighbour across Smithfield, St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
for more details click PLAGUE
Hearth Tax SLP
This project will explore the records of the Restoration hearth tax and other historical sources leading to digital publications on the “Rediscovering the lost histories of urban communities late 17th century England”.
You should enjoy research, and training will be provided by Roehampton university in palaeography, hearth tax studies and local history. The Project will start in the New Year. Early application is advised. For more details click HEARTH
Remembering Herne Hill 1914-1918
You may have heard already that the Herne Hill Society was successful in obtaining a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. The research project aims to tell the story of all those from the area who served in World War One. This includes the experiences of non-combatants.
To achieve its objective this project will need the involvement of many people in many different ways – including members of our U3A! Not everyone will have a great deal of time to contribute, but it all helps.
for more details ( including who to contact ) click HERNEHILL1 and HERNEHILL2
Please state you are a U3A member.
MindEd for older people: making sense of your mental health
Are you interested in volunteering with the MindEd programme hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to review new online resources written to support older people stay mentally well? How do you keep well as you get older? How do you live a fulfilling life with the best mental health possible? MindEd is creating an internet resource providing older people with information on how best to stay mentally well and provide a greater understanding of their own mental health experiences in later life. This project is not about dementia, but about providing resources specifically written with older people in mind who may be experiencing distressing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, confusion and addictions.
For details about Mind Ed click MIND ED for information about this study click MIND SLP for application form click REGFORM
Action on Hearing Loss Research
We are looking for approximately 40 volunteers for the Action on Hearing Loss funded summer research project in which we investigate why some speakers are easier to understand than others are, and how age and hearing levels influence speech intelligibility.
We are looking to recruit monolingual Southern British English* speaking adults with and without hearing loss between the ages of 65-85 years. In this study, you are asked to visit us once for approximately 50-60 minutes for full details click HEARING
Anxiety Study - University College London
This study is evaluating the use of a talking therapy known as ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ for older adults who present with chronic worry.
Volunteers ( over 65 ) are needed to take part in an interview about their experience of chronic worry and if they have ever had any type of treatment for it. Participants will receive a £10 voucher as a token of appreciation for their participation.
As well as interviews, we also have an on-line survey that we would like to promote to those individuals who can access this.
For more details click UCL_ANXIETY
Brain Stimulation study – Goldsmith College
The aim of this study is to see if brain stimulation can improve mood and the ability to identify positive and negative emotions, among healthy older adults. Some older adults have problems with low mood that persists but is not severe enough to be classified as depression. It may be possible to improve mood by stimulating the brain with a technique called transcranial electrical stimulation. This has been shown to improve moods In younger adults, but studies have not yet been performed in older adults. We want to see if we can improve mood in typical healthy older adults, before we apply this technique to older adults with depression.
A token £20 payment for those who take part in this study
For more details click BRAIN
Speech communication study
This study needs volunteers between 65-85 who are monolingual with normal hearing or mild age related loss. The research will involve A 75 minute visit to labs in Bloomsbury.
For more details click SPEECH
Effects of Ageing on sound perception
This study needs over 60s with normal hearing ( no major difficulties ) and involves attendance at two 1.5 hours sessions at the UCL Ear Institute, Grays Inn Rd
For more details click SOUND
An investigation of the effects of Multi Language Acquisition across the lifespan.
We are a research team based in the Department of Psychology andHuman Development at UCL-Institute of Education, London. We are conducting a study investigating the effects of Multilanguage acquisition on cognitive development. Healthy people aged between 7 and 80 years old are invited to help us find out more about the brain. In particular, we are interested in how the brain learns to speak multiple languages.
This part of the study does not need volunteers at the moment.
Citizens 800 in the Making.
D&D U3A is now a partner of a major historical project which charts the history of liberty, protest and reform in Britain from the Magna Carta to the suffragette movement and beyond. [You may have seen the article in the recent TAM on pg. 11] The U3A involvement is run by Royal Holloway University in the form of a shared learning project. In March we submitted six proposals which have now been accepted.For a full report click this link CITIZEN800 If you would like to find out more contact Lore Arthur using bird link on this page.