Research studies 

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

Computer Icon 160x120Urban Wellbeing - £20 voucher for participation

Do you live in Sheffield? Aged 18-24? This PhD research is about wellbeing and the urban environment. By taking part you will contribute to improving our understanding of how we can use urban green spaces to boost wellbeing. You'll be asked to participate in a 7-day intervention from 30th April to 6th May which will take up no more than 1 hour of your time in total, and attend a short follow-up focus group. The intervention will require either taking part in a set activity on two days or downloading an app, it does not require daily attendance. Subject to completion of the study, each volunteer will be compensated with a £20 Amazon voucher for their time and effort. You will need to complete questionnaires (pre, post and 30-day follow up) and attend the follow up focus group. Take part in the study

Project contact: for further information, please contact: PhD student Francesca Boyd (

Supervised by Professor Anna Jorgensen - The research has been approved by the Department of Landscape's Research Ethics Committee.

Survey IconHow does your personality influence how you view your life?

Some people may accept their life as it is whilst others may expect more from life. These different ways of reflecting on life may have consequences for the health behaviours they engage in. You are invited to participate in this online study aimed at understanding how different personality traits relate to life reflections and health behaviours. University students aged 18 and over are eligible to participate. Participation involves completing a brief online research survey one time. Take part in the study

Project contact: this research is being conducted by Dr. Fuschia Sirois (, 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 IconInvitation to take part in driving behaviour research

We are looking for UK motorists to complete a short survey (taking approximately 20-25 minutes to complete) about your motoring, your attitudes towards driving and your personality. We are conducting the same survey in Ghana as we want to explore differences between driving in the developed and developing world. Completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw for 50 pounds Amazon voucher on 30 May 2018. The information you provide will be confidential. Your responses will be used only for the purpose of research. No personally identifiable information will be included in the reports produced from this study. Take part in the study.

Project contact: please e-mail if you have any questions.

This study has been approved by the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield Research Ethics Committee.

Survey IconParticipants needed for paid psychology study

A Psychology Masters student is currently looking for participants for a study titled "Individual Differences in Personality Traits and Visual Exploration". This study is in two parts. The first would involve an online questionnaire (link below) that should take no longer than 15 minutes. Participants who meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted for the second part of the study via email. Upon completion of both parts of the study, participants will receive a £10 Amazon voucher. To be considered as an eligible participant, English should be your first language and you should have no current or past diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder. You must also have normal vision or wear contact lenses. Take part in the study

Project contact: For more details, please contact Shermayne at or Dr Megan Freeth (Supervisor) at

This study has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee, chaired by Thomas Webb (Application Reference Number 017518).

Listening ExperimentVolunteers sought to test music for sleep

Volunteers are sought for a research project that investigates whether listening to music may facilitate falling asleep, depending on the particular characteristics of the music. This project is unique in systematically varying musical characteristics in the context of sleep research. The study is conducted in collaboration with SleepCogni, a Sheffield-based company that develops sleep-assisting technology. We are looking for volunteers who do and do not suffer from insomnia and are willing to participate for either two or four nights. The study can be done at home, using a mobile phone, tablet or computer with internet connection to listen to the music when going to sleep and fill out a questionnaire the next morning related to your experience of the music and sleep quality.

Project contact: please contact Renee Timmers ( when you are interested in participating in the study. In your e-mail, please indicate whether you would like to participate for two or four days.

The study has received ethical approval through the University of Sheffield.

Survey IconSurvey on attitudes towards crime and punishment

You are invited to take part in an online study about your attitudes towards crime. This survey has been designed by students studying criminology at the School of Law at the University of Sheffield as part of a module they are taking. The survey will take about ten minutes to complete and all of your answers are completely confidential. The data will be used by the students as part of their coursework and will be used for no purposes other than this. The data will be destroyed by the end of September 2018. Take part in the study.

Project contact: If you have any queries or require further information, please email Stephen Farrall (

This study has been approved by the School of Law's Research Ethics Committee.

Listening ExperimentFemale volunteers sought for study on music listening and emotions

I am a Psychology of Music MA student at the University of Sheffield and I am currently seeking to recruit female volunteers for my dissertation's project. My research focuses on music listening patterns and emotions throughout the women's menstrual cycle. To participate, please complete first the online questionnaire (link below), which will lead you into the next two steps of this project - a diary study, consisting of a series of short self-reports, and two laboratory visits. You may choose to complete either of these two steps or both of them. Please note that instructions are included in the first questionnaire. Take the first questionnaire. After completing the first questionnaire you can access the self-report form via the link below. Your task on these reports is to record observations about your mood and music listening activity once per day over the course of a week. Access the self-report. Finally, in addition to these self-reports or as an alternative choice to them, you will be able to book a time slot on the calendar (link provided below) and come to the lab twice, where I will measure your physiological responses while you listen to your favourite music. These two appointments need to be set 1-3 weeks apart from each other. Book a time-slot. This is a great opportunity for you to monitor and understand more about your menstrual cycle phases and the emotional patterns that accompany them. You will also have the chance to win one of two £10 amazon vouchers by the end of this semester.

Project contact: If you have any queries about this study, please contact Eleni-Maria Mylona by emailing

This study has been approved by the Departmental Ethics Committee. No pain or psychological distress is involved throughout this project, and you are free to withdraw at any point you wish.

Survey IconYour views on (V)iew Deli in the Students' Union

You are invited to take part in a research project looking at the service quality of the (V)iew Deli in the Students' Union. To participate you need to be a student of the University of Sheffield, and to have been a customer of the (V)iew Deli at least once in the academic year 2017/2018. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to answer a short survey. This should take approximately 5 minutes in total. Take part in the study

Project contact: This research is being conducted by Sam, Charlotte, Rhian, Kathryn and Fabiana and supervised by Prof Stephen Pinfield ( at the Information School, University of Sheffield.

The study has received ethical approval from the Information School Ethics Committee.

Survey IconMatching voices to faces

We take it for granted that when we hear someone speak we have some idea of what they must look like (and vice versa). However, with the growth in research into humanoid avatars and robots, there is a practical requirement to understand what voice-face combinations are appropriate.You are invited to take part in an online survey to explore the factors taken into consideration when matching voices to faces and vice versa. In order to be eligible to participate, you must have a University of Sheffield email address. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Take the survey. This survey forms a part of a 3rd year Software Engineering dissertation project.

Project contact: for any questions or queries, please contact Rajeev Galaiya at

This dissertation is being supervised by Professor Roger Moore ( and has received ethical approval from the Department of Computer Science at The University of Sheffield.

Survey IconDo you use technology to aid your organisation/disability? Please consider participating in research

My name is Simon Todd and I am currently undertaking research into wearable technology as part of my degree and I would appreciate your participation in this research. The project aims to understand the usefulness of wearable consumer technology and assess the impact on its effects on organisation as well as any specific impact on individuals with disabilities that affect organisation.The questionnaire should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete and shall ask a maximum of 14 questions related to the wearable technology that you use and the effects of the technology on your day to day organisation. Take part in the study

Project contact: If you have any questions or concerns they can be raised by email with Simon Todd ( or with my supervisor Richard Mather (

This research has been approved by the University of Sheffield Ethical Review Process and is under the supervision of Richard Mather in the Department of Lifelong Learning.