Research studies 

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



Survey IconSeeking interviewees: disclosing unseen disability to an employer

Are you a recent graduate with a long-term "unseen" health condition or disability? Are you looking for a job or have recently acquired a job? I would like to interview people with an "unseen" or "invisible" health condition or disability to help me complete my Masters in Human Resource Management Dissertation. These types of "unseen" conditions can include mental health conditions (e.g. depression), physical conditions (e.g Crohn's Disease), or a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia). I wish to conduct a 20-45 minute semi-structured interview either in-person or via Skype about your experiences in the workplace or expectations of working with an "unseen" condition. I am particularly interested in how you feel about disclosing your condition to employers. All information given in the interviews will be kept anonymous.

Project contact: if you would like more information or to participate in this study, please contact me Jessica Kennedy at jmkennedy1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield Management School Ethical Board. It is supervised by Professor Pauline Dibben (p.dibben@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconAre you working towards a goal? Participate to win £25

Are you currently working towards achieving a goal? Goals can be big or small and often reflect our efforts to make change or improvements in one or more different life domains, such as work, personal life, or health. If you are currently working toward a goal, then we invite you to participate in this online study aimed at understanding how different self-perceptions may help or hinder people from achieving their goals. Anyone over 18 who is currently working towards a goal is eligible to participate. Participation involves completing an online research survey now and in two weeks time, and writing about your thoughts and feelings with respect to one of your goals. If you participate in both parts of this study, then you will be given a chance to win an £25 Amazon voucher. Participate in the study

Project contact: This research is being conducted by Dr. Fuschia Sirois (f.sirois@sheffield.ac.uk), and Dr. Thomas Webb (t.webb@sheffield.ac.uk) 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.



Experiment IconReceive £10 voucher for participation in human-robot interaction study

We are currently seeking participants for our postgraduate research study investigating interaction with Paro, a robotic seal. The experiment will take 30-45 minutes to complete, and will be compensated with a £10 Amazon gift voucher. The experiment will take place in the University of Sheffield Robotics Labs in the Pam Liversidge building. During the experiment you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire on your current feelings and your opinions about Paro, and your heart rate and galvanic skin response will be measured using physiological equipment. These sensors will not be intrusive and will not require you to remove any clothing, however the sensors will need to be able to reach your left hip. With your permission, interaction with Paro will also be recorded via video camera. In the course of the experiment, you will be asked to complete a series of short tasks. You will have the opportunity for five minutes of free interaction with Paro.

Project contact: If you would like to participate or would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact either of the researchers: Stacey Clark (cclark3@sheffield.ac.uk) or Charlotte Robey (crobey1@sheffield.ac.uk). You will then be contacted to arrange a session at a time and date that works for you.

Individuals with heart and skin conditions, prescribed medication, or mental health issues should not participate in this study.

Ethical approval for this study has been given by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield. All data collected will be confidential, secure, and only accessed by members of the research team.

This study is being supervised by Professor Tony Prescott.



Survey IconAn evaluation of resources for people living with skin conditions

The British Association of Dermatologists has launched a website called Skin Support. The website contains resources on skin conditions and support leaflets aimed at helping people to address common problems sometimes associated with skin conditions such as how to regain confidence and low mood. If you are living with a skin condition or have a child or partner that has a skin condition we would really appreciate your feedback on the Skin Support website. Providing feedback can help to make sure the website is a helpful resource for anyone living with a skin condition. As a thank you for completing this survey there is an opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of six £25 amazon vouchers. To be entered into the prize draw you will be asked for your email address when you have completed the survey. Take part in the study.

Project contact: kmontgomery1@sheffield.ac.uk

The survey is being conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield and the University of York on behalf of the British Association of Dermatologists. The survey has ethical approval from the University of Sheffield Psychology department. All information you provide will be confidential. You do not have to take part and can decide to stop completing the survey at any time.



Interview IconResearch about language after stroke - in Arabic

Are you interested in helping with our research into language after a stroke? Are you a native Arabic speaker? We are looking for people who are native Arabic speakers to help with our project looking at how language is affected after someone suffers a stroke. We need people who have NOT had a stroke to help us develop our assessments. We are doing this study because there is no language assessment for this population at the present time. We are looking for native Gulf Arabic speakers aged 20 or above, who do not have any problems with language, for our "control data". You can complete one session of assessment with us or several, this is up to you. Each session will take up to an hour.

Project contact: If you are interested in finding out more about this study please contact Ryid Nassif (r.w.nassif@sheffield.ac.uk).

The sessions will be conducted in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. This study has received ethical approval from the Department of Human Communication Sciences Research Ethics Committee.



Light BulbUsing new technologies to control mobile robots

We would like to invite you to participate in a study in testing new technologies to control robots - EMG (Electromyography: electrical activity produced by skeletal muscle), Oculus Rift (virtual reality), joystick, and speech recognition - that could be used in a number of different settings. This study aims to test intuitiveness of each interface and their impact on people's attitudes towards robots. The study will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. In this time you will be asked to complete a questionnaires and will also have the opportunity to interact with robots using each of the interfaces described above. Take part in the study

Project contact: ekkok1@sheffield.ac.uk

This project has been approved by the University of Sheffield Department of Psychology research ethics committee and is supervised by Dr David Cameron.



Written Experiment Icon£7 to cover your expenses for learning a few words in Japanese and testing language learning apps

We are researching acquisition of foreign language vocabulary and testing how good language learning apps really are by teaching participants some Japanese words using a programme that mimics a language learning app. If you are a native English speaker who does not speak any other languages and has no experience of Japanese you can take part by attending 2 sessions in the Department of Psychology lasting about 30 mins each. In session 1 you will learn some Japanese words, be tested on how well you can remember those words and complete a number task that requires you to state whether numbers that appear on a screen are larger or smaller than the number 5. In session 2 (a week after session 1) you will be tested again to see how well you can remember the words and complete the number task. Following this you will complete some simple tasks that assess non verbal reasoning, vocabulary size and basic numeracy.

Project contact: Please contact Chloe (cematthewman1@sheffield.ac.uk) at the address below if you are interested in taking part or would like further information;

The research is being run in the Department of Psychology and you will receive a £7 Amazon voucher to cover your expenses for taking part.



Survey IconOnline study on music and emotion

You are invited to participate in a study about music and its relation to emotion. This is the focus of my dissertation for my MA in Psychology of Music. This study aims to understand how music and emotions can be conveyed and felt through music. This study takes the form of a questionnaire, and should not take more than 10-15 minutes of your time. Your response is anonymous and would involve listening to pieces of music followed by a quick questionnaire. Take part in the study

Project contact: If you have any questions you can contact David Brincat on dbrincat1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield, and is being supervised by Dr. Renee Timmers (r.timmers@sheffield.ac.uk).



Computer Icon 160x120Research into perceptions of film characters

I am currently undertaking a study which aims to explore character perceptions in film. I am seeking native speakers of English to take part. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be invited to watch several short media clips and then respond via a series of pre-prepared questions, which will ask you to rate and comment on what you have just seen and heard. There will also be the occasion for you to express your opinions on the media clips more liberally in the style of a free-form conversation. It is expected that the study will last around 30-40 minutes. We are hoping to run the study in the week commencing 10th July. Participants who are recruited will receive a £5 book voucher in thanks for their time and effort.

Project contact: If you would like to take part or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Kate Hunter (kehunter1@sheffield.ac.uk).

Ethical approval has been given for the project by the University of Sheffield, and it is being carried out under the supervision of Professor Jane Hodson (j.hodson@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconMicrotransactions in the gaming industry - what's your opinion?

Do you play games? Have an opinion you'd like to share about microtransactions? Please take a moment to give your thoughts on a questionnaire looking into the gaming industry and its often controversial use of microtransactions! Take part in the study. The questionnaire takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The majority of the questions are multiple choice, but there is the option to give more detailed answers. If you wish to expand on your thoughts on the subject matter, you are also invited to take part in an interview.

Project contact: saustwick1@sheffield.ac.uk

The study has had ethics approval from the Information School, University of Sheffield.



Interview IconGender differences and the 2016 EU Referendum

I am looking for participants over the age of 18 who voted 'leave' 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.

Project contact:  If you would like further information on the study or would like to take part, please email Megan Pryor at mlpryor1@sheffield.ac.uk with your gender and your email so that you can be contacted.

This research has received ethical approval.



Listening ExperimentPlease consider taking a 15 min survey on consumer perceptions of brand logos and music

Volunteers are sought for a 15 minute study to investigate consumer perceptions of brands that are represented by logos and/or music. In order to participate, you must have access to a computer and speakers or headphones. Your participation is essential to my research, so I hope you will take part in my study and are able to complete it in one sitting. Full details of this study can be found here.  To begin the study: please make sure you are on a laptop or desktop computer. This study will not work on mobile devices; please make sure you are either wearing headphones or your speakers have the volume turned on at a moderate level as you may hear music. please click on one of the following links according to the month in which your birthday falls. Upon clicking the link below, you will enter into the study and be giving your consent to taking part in this study and for your data to be collected: January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December.

Project contact: acw_wong@yahoo.com

The study has received Ethical Approval from the Department of Music and is conducted according to the University's Ethical Guidelines. The study is supervised by Professor Nicola Dibben, Department of Music, email: n.j.dibben@sheffield.ac.uk.



Survey IconDo you use mobile apps to log details of your life?

The purpose of the research is to investigating the use of food logging apps and wearable tracking devices among the students in University of Sheffield, this research is aimed to understand the value of these apps and devices in people's daily lives as well as the relation of food logging and information literacy. In the questionnaire, firstly, I will ask some personal details (age, gender etc) so that I have a profile of our participant group. Then I will ask some questions about personal life logging, food logging and information literacy. Take part in the study.

Project contact: If you need any further information about the project, please contact xliu75@sheffield.ac.uk.

This questionnaire has been approved by the Information school's ethical application. The data will stored on the Information School's research data drive which can be accessed by only by me, my supervisor, and the School's Examinations Officer and ICT staff operating the facility. This data will be deleted 3 months after the dissertation has been completed. I will also store a password protected back up copy on my personal laptop, and will delete this data once my dissertation has been completed and marked. And we are anonymising the data and coding the computer files with a random number. No identifying information will be retained.

This research is being carried out under the supervision of Pam Mckinney (p.mckinney@sheffield.ac.uk). You have the right to withdraw your responses and information form the study at any time without giving any reason.



Survey IconQuestionnaire on use of walkthroughs in computer gaming: seeking respondents!

I am looking for participants who play video games and are aged 18 and over. The focus of the research is on how people find out and use information when playing video games, and aims to find if there are any patterns between characteristics of the person or games they play, and the ways in which they use walkthroughs. The questionnaire will ask about personal demographics, gaming habits, walkthrough usage, how you find the walkthrough information, and other questions regarding information use. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and no personal information is required. Take the survey.

Project contact: jlwaters1@sheffield.ac.uk

This dissertation project has obtained ethics approval from the Information School at the University of Sheffield. The data will be safely stored for the duration of the research and erased following the acceptance of the thesis.



Survey IconAn online survey on the subject of privacy, perceptions and precautions: a generational split

You are invited to participate in an online survey on the subject of 'Privacy, Perceptions & Precautions: A Generational Split'. The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential. Take part in the study

Project contact: If you have any queries about this research please contact Haydn Maidment at the following email address: haydn.maidment@googlemail.com

This study is being undertaken as part of an undergraduate degree and has been approved by the Department for Lifelong Learning ethics committee.

This research is being supervised by Richard Mather, Programme Director for IT and Organisations in the Department for Lifelong Learning (r.mather@sheffield.ac.uk)



Interview IconRequest for participants in a study exploring international students experiences at Sheffield Uni (postgraduate students only)

I am a Masters student seeking participants for a study into exploring international students experiences with integration at Sheffield University. To take part, you must be of Asian ethnicity and attend a post-graduate degree at any faculty at the University of Sheffield. You must have one hour free sometime in the next two weeks. If you take part, the hour you participate will be made up of 15 minutes for introductions and explaining the study, a 35-45 minute semi-structured group discussion. The exact timing (day/time) of the group discussion will be arranged as best as possible to fit in around your other commitments.

Project contact: If you are willing to take part, or if you require further information, please contact Jamie Jepson:
jljepson1@sheffield.ac.uk.

All interviews will take place on the University of Sheffield Campus. Your personal details will be kept confidential and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time.

The study has received University ethical approval through the department of education ethics process. The study is supervised by Michalis Kontopodis.



Survey IconHow do you feel about your projects? Participate in a study to win £25

You are invited to participate in a short online survey that is investigating how people feel and think about the important projects that they are currently struggling with. Full-time employees or students who are aged 18 and over, are eligible to participate. By following the web-link below you will be taken to an online survey where you will be asked to complete questions about your thoughts and feelings about one project, and measures of personality. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be anonymous. All UK participants will be given a chance to win a £25 Amazon Voucher after you successfully complete the survey. Take part in the study

Project contact: Sisi Yang, Doctoral Researcher: syang37@sheffield.ac.uk

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



Survey IconPersonality and physical self-perceptions. Participate in a study to win £25

People have different perceptions of how their body looks, and these differences can have implications for well-being.This research study aims to examine how personality influences women's physical self-perceptions. Women over 18 are eligible to participate. Participation involves completing a brief online survey and answering questions about your personality, perceptions of your body, and your general well-being. Your responses will be anonymous. If you have been diagnosed with any eating disorder (e.g. anorexia, bulimia, binge disorder) by a medical professional then you are not eligible to take part in this study. For participating you will be given a chance to win an £25 Amazon voucher. For more information and/or to participate please click here

Project contact: Sandy Belle Rosales Cadena, PhD researcher: sbrosalescadena1@sheffield.ac.uk

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



Survey IconResearch exploring experiences of university students with dyslexia

Are you a student with dyslexia? I am an Undergraduate student from the Department of Sociological Studies and am currently carrying out research exploring the experiences of Sheffield University students with dyslexia as part of the University's SURE scheme. I am looking for volunteers to complete a short questionnaire about their experiences. I am also looking for volunteers who would be willing to take part in a short face-to-face or telephone interview about their experiences.

Project contact: If you are interested in taking part in an interview, please contact me at: mcowen1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This project has been ethically approved by the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. It is supervised by Dr Joanne Britton (n.j.britton@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconSurvey: Visual communication of climate model projections

My name is Hayley Bannister and I am a postgraduate student at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Dr. Tom Webb, Prof. Paul Blackwell, Dr. Julia Blanchard and Dr. Kieran Hyder. In my PhD I am interested in how we can use computer models to better understand how our environment is likely to change in the future. However, predicting the future is complicated and various types of models can make very different predictions. In the past, a lack of effective communication of such variable model outputs, both to decision-makers and the general public, has been blamed for ineffective management decisions. This in turn has led to an increasing distrust of scientific evidence amongst the public, particularly in regards to climate science. To combat this issue, I have designed a survey aimed at identifying the most effective methods for visually communicating climate model outputs and their associated uncertainties. I am looking for volunteers with different levels of expertise to complete the survey. Results will be used to generate guidelines for communicating model outputs that may be used across multiple different areas of research, including marine ecosystem modelling. Overall, we hope this research will enable us to target audiences with visualisations that will both capture their interest and prevent misinterpretations of the data, as well as help to increase the societal impact of the models and ensure the outputs are well-placed to support management decisions.The survey is designed so that you may decide how many questions you would like to answer based on the amount of time you have available to complete the survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete the compulsory sections of the survey and 5-10 minutes to complete each of the four optional sections, all of which you may complete in more than one session. Complete the survey. At the end of the survey, you will be asked to provide your email address should you wish to be entered into a competition to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Project contact: if you would like to participate or would like more information about this research, please read the Participant Information Sheet or contact me at hjbannister1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield.