Research studies 

A list of the surveys and research projects you can currently volunteer to take part in across the University of Sheffield.



Experiment IconAttitudes towards humanoid robots

You are invited to take part in a research project investigating how people interact with humanoid robots. If you would like to take part then you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and then you will have the opportunity come to Sheffield Robotics to participate in the experiment.The study will take no longer than 45 minutes and you will have the opportunity to meet a humanoid robot and have a picture with him. Participants must be over 18. If you decide to participate in this study, please complete an online questionnaire before you come to Sheffield Robotics. 

Project contact: If you need any further information about the project, please contact msardagou1@sheffield.ac.uk.

The study will take place in Sheffield Robotics:
Pam Liversidge Building
Via Newcastle Street at the corner with Broad Lane
Sheffield
S1 3JD

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield Department of Psychology Ethics Committee. It is being carried out under the supervision of Dr Thomas Webb (t.webb@sheffield.ac.uk) and Professor Tony Prescott (t.j.prescott@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconFluent English speakers: Complete a fun 10-minute survey for a chance to win £50

We invite fluent English speakers to participate in a short experiment on phrase simplification.The study aims to gather information on how complex phrases can be replaced. Participants must be fluent English speakers. The questionnaire usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You can take as many breaks as you want during the questionnaire and you can participate multiple times to increase your chance of winning an Amazon voucher worth £50. Take part in the study

Project contact: If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us through the email address g.h.paetzold@sheffield.ac.uk.

This experiment have been approved by the University of Sheffield's Ethics Committee. All the personal data collected is anonymous and will be discarded after the experiment is completed.

Your e-mail is only necessary if you would like to participate in the prize draw and will not be used for any other purposes.


Interview IconFemale participants invited to take part in a study on emotion regulation

We are currently seeking female participants to take part in a study examining how people control their own emotions and those of other people. The study will take place at the Department of Psychology, Cathedral Court. If you decide to take part in this study, then you will be taught two different strategies to help deal with your emotional responses and those of someone else to a series of images. The study will take approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour to complete and you will receive £5 for your participation. The session will be recorded, but only the researcher will have access to this and the audio recordings will be deleted once they are no longer required. You must be a female student to take part in the study. If you would like to take part in the study, please click on the following link to sign up for a timeslot.

Project contact: If you would like to know more about the study or have any questions, then please contact Meghann Matthews by emailing mrmatthews1@sheffield.ac.uk.

Ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics committee at the University of Sheffield has been received and all data collected will be strictly confidential and only accessible to members of the research team.


Experiment IconReceive 14 pounds of amazon vouchers for participating in a study of vision

I am inviting you to take part in a visual perception study conducted within the University of Sheffield, Department of Psychology. The study consists of two sessions of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) with an interval of 7 days between sessions. The invitation to the second session depends on your performance in the first session since we are looking for specific patterns of performance. Therefore, you may be invited to participate in the second session of the study. In each session, you will receive a specific type of tDCS stimulations (Sham-tDCS, Active-tDCS), and will be presented an orientation discrimination task to judge the orientation of visually presented gratings. You will receive a thank you Amazon voucher of £7 for your participation in each session. Also, you will be asked to complete a 7-10 minutes survey after one of the sessions. If you are interested in taking part in the study, please select a time slot for your participation.

Project contact: This study is supervised by Dr. Myles Jones (M.jones@sheffield.ac.uk), and is conducted by Abdullah Bin Dawood (Abindawood1@sheffield.ac.uk).

Participation is voluntary. You can withdraw from the study at any time without providing any reason and still get the vouchers:). Each session lasts approximately one hour.

Participation Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 Year old and older.
  • Normal or corrected to normal vision.
  • No history of neurological disorder such as epilepsy, head injuries, and migraine.
  • Have not participated in the study previously.

The tDCS is a non-invasive brain-stimulation technique that is considered to be safe based on the literature. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield-Department of Psychology. All data collected will be strictly confidential and accessible only to members of the research team.


Survey IconWin a £20 Amazon voucher in a short study on personality and emotions

Do you ever look back on decisions you've made and wonder what on earth you were thinking? Would you like to know more about how your personality and emotions affect the way you behave?
You are invited to take part in a short survey on the effect of personality and emotions on behaviours. This study won't take any longer than 10min and you have the chance to win one of five Amazon vouchers worth £20. If you are between 18 and 35 years old and you'd like to take part in this study, please follow this link. If you have already taken part in this study, then thank you very much for your participation, but please don't take part again.

Project contact: this study is conducted by Tobias Stadler and is part of my PhD in Work Psychology. If you have any questions about this study, please don't hesitate to email me at t.stadler@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study is approved by the Ethics Board of the Sheffield University Management School and is being carried out under the supervision of Dr. Malcolm Patterson (m.patterson@sheffield.ac.uk).


Survey IconExperiences of employability interventions for students with autistic spectrum conditions

This research looks at experiences of employability interventions for the students who receive the interventions themselves. The research is particularly looking at differences in how individuals with autistic spectrum disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome) experience these. In order to look at this effectively it is important to collect information both from those with an ASD diagnosis and from those who don't (neurotypicals). This six minute question looks at your use of employability and careers support. It is equally helpful for you to complete if: you do use these services; you don't use these services; you have ASD; you don't have ASD. There will be a prize draw for £20 for all participants who wish to enter. This will be drawn on 15th June 2017. Participants to this survey will also have the opportunity to volunteer for a half an hour interview about employability for which they will receive £10. Take the survey.

Project contact: l.dean@sheffield.ac.uk

This research has been approved by the University of Sheffield Ethics Committee in the Education Department.


Survey IconTime for a Chat? The Library has an answer

You are invited to participate in a study of your awareness and use of library services, especially our Chat service. The Live Chat service supports real time communication between student library users and staff. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and does not ask for any personal information. Before taking the questionnaire, please take the time to read the information document. Take the survey.

Project contact: If you need any further information about the project, please email asarin1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has received ethical approval from the Information School's Research Ethics Committee and is being carried out under the supervision of Dr Andrew Cox (a.m.cox@sheffield.ac.uk)



Survey IconGender differences and the 2016 EU Referendum

I am looking for participants over the age of 18 who voted in last year's EU Referendum. This research will be using interviews. I am interested in differences between how men and women vote and discuss political issues, specifically focusing on the referendum as a unique political event. If you are willing to participate, please send an email to mlpryor1@sheffield.ac.uk including the following information within your email: 1. Your gender; 2. How you voted; 3. Your email so that you can be contacted.

Project contact: If you would like further information on the study or would like to take part, please email me at mlpryor1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This research has received ethical approval.



Survey IconBrief online survey on attitudes to academic feedback, chance to win one of 5 x £10 vouchers

Current undergraduates at the University of Sheffield are invited to participate in this online research study about perceptions and use of academic feedback. Participation involves completing an online survey about perceptions and use of academic feedback, and reading and responding to some fictitious academic feedback. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. For participating you will be given a chance to win one of 5 x £10 Amazon vouchers. Take part in the study.

Project contact: This research is being conducted by Sophie Turnbull (s.a.turnbull@sheffield.ac.uk), research assistant, under the supervision of Drs. Fuschia Sirois and Chantelle Wood from the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield

This study has received ethics approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.



Survey IconDrinking alcohol at university

You are invited to take part in a research project investigating how social norms and the environment may influence the amount of alcohol consumed in one session. We aim to investigate the drinking practices of students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, investigating the social norms in which students drink and the environment in which they drink. For example, how might the social company or situation increase alcohol consumption. This knowledge will help to address harmful drinking habits. We are interested to hear from anyone 18 years and over and enrolled on a university programme.

Project contact: For further information please contact Helen Radford (Masters student of the School of Health and Related Research) at Hmradford1@sheffield.ac.uk, or the project supervisor Duncan Gillespie (School of Health and Related Research) at duncan.gillespie@sheffield.ac.uk.

This is completely voluntary, you can stop completing the survey at any point. After the questionnaire as been sent your details will be anonymised, meaning that the data you send cannot be traced back to yourself.

Ethical approval has been obtained from the School of Health and Related Research Ethics Committee.



Social Activity Icon 160x120Invitation to take part in a study into gender and mental health

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study about how UK students (aged between 17 and 24) understand their mental health and whether gender has an impact on this. The study is being done as part of my Masters in Public Health. To participate, you will be asked to complete a 1-1 interview to talk about mental health. You do not need to have been diagnosed with a mental health problem in order to take part. The study is about mental health more generally rather than specific mental health problems (like depression or anxiety for example). You can still take part if you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem. Taking part will not affect any care or treatment you may be receiving. The interview should take no longer than an hour and can be face-to-face or via Skype/FaceTime or telephone. Face-to-face interviews will take place on campus between 9am and 5pm (a convenient time will be agreed with you). To take part please complete this questionnaire which will ask some very short, basic questions (such as your age; gender, course/level of study and to confirm you are a UK student): If you are interested in participating you will be provided with an information sheet. If you decide to go ahead you will be asked to sign a consent form before your interview.

Project contact: if you have any questions about this study please contact Belinda Ledger at ega01bkt@sheffield.ac.uk.

This project has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) Ethics Committee. It is supervised by Dr Jennifer Burr at ScHARR.



Experiment IconFeeling stressed? Would you like to play with a Paro robot? Receive 5GBP for taking part in a study

If you are aged between 18 and 35, I would like to invite you to take part in my study. You will receive £5 as a reward for your participation. This experiment will take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.This study attempts to understand how interactions with Paro, a robotic seal, will affect you.During the experiment, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that is related to your current feelings, and your responses will be recorded using physiological sensors. The sensors will be attached on your fingers, chest and waist (but don't worry, you don't have to remove any clothes or headscarf). There will also be video recorded during the robot session, but only if you give your permission.You also will be asked to answer some simple mathematical questions while listening to an aversive sound delivered through headphones. You will be provided with paper and pencil to write down the calculation. If you'd like to take part in this study, please take a few short minutes to fill out the survey form with general information about yourself. At the end of the survey, you will be redirected to a booking page where you can book in for a session at a date and time that suits you.

Project contact: this study is being conducted by Raihah Aminuddin. If you have any questions about this study, please email raminuddin1@sheffield.ac.uk.

In order to ensure consistent results, if you have hearing difficulties, heart and skin health conditions, are taking prescribed medication, or have mental health problems then you should not participate in this study.

PLEASE NOTE: This study is the same as the one previously advertised on 5th April, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PART.

The study will take place in the Department of Computer Science (211 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP)

All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential. You may withdraw from the study at any point before or during your participation. This study has been approved by the Department of Computer Science Research Ethics Committee and is being carried out under the supervision of Amanda Sharkey (a.sharkey@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconHow well do you know your Library? Awareness of library services especially Live Chat

I am inviting you to participate in a study of your awareness and use of library services, especially our Chat service. The Live Chat service supports real time communication between student library users and staff. To participate in the survey please fill out the questionnaire. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and does not ask for any personal information. Before taking the questionnaire, please take the time to read the information document.

Project contact: If you need any further information about the project, please contact Aarti Sarin at asarin1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has received ethical approval from the Information School's Research Ethics Committee and is being carried out under the supervision of Dr Andrew Cox (a.m.cox@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconSurvey on your use of technology: chance to win £10 Amazon voucher

Participate in a web-based questionnaire about your attitudes and experiences of different technologies that you have used. The research aims to help tutors and lecturers make good use of technology in academic activity and, by participating, you may help to influence teaching practice. The questionnaire should take around 20 minutes to complete. Participants who complete the questionnaire will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for one of two £10 Amazon vouchers. Volunteers for interviewing will also be entered into a draw for a further £10 Amazon voucher. Take part in the study

Project contact: if you have any questions, please email Rachel Staddon at r.v.staddon@sheffield.ac.uk. This study is being conducted as part of a PhD in Education, under the supervision of Dr Jon Scaife (j.a.scaife@sheffield.ac.uk). If you would like to learn more about the study, please see the information sheet.

Ethical approval for this study has been granted by the University. You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time, without reason.

Your data will be recorded and stored anonymously. It will be used within my PhD thesis in an anonymised form, and may be used in publications. You will not be identifiable in any way.