Take part

There are numerous ways for you to be involved with research at the University of Exeter, from participating in a research study to attending a public lecture.

For a full list of our research-facing events, please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/research/events. Please note that not all events are specifically aimed at the public, however we welcome enquiries.

To hear about public events you can also sign up to our mailing list.

Research study

CATCh-uS ADHD Survey

Please help with this very important study, which is about children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in transition between children’s services and adult services.

One piece of the project is a mapping survey designed to find out which adult ADHD services are out there for young people with ADHD aged 18 and over to transition into from children’s services. This means that this survey can be answered by any person of any age who has knowledge of ADHD services, whether they have ADHD themselves or not and whether they are a parent/carer or not.

Visit this survey link to tell the researchers about adult ADHD services in your area  or equally important the lack of adult services.

The online questionnaire asks no more than 8 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

The survey is anonymous and your response will contribute to the creation of a map detailing adult ADHD services currently available in the UK.

For more information, please visit the research team's website.

Research study

MooDFOOD study: food and depression

If you are prone to the January blues after an over-indulgent festive season, you could help researchers at the University of Exeter discover whether healthy eating can ward off depression.

The MooDFOOD study is recruiting 250 overweight people in and around Exeter and aims to provide the most robust evidence yet on whether eating more healthily and using nutritional supplements can prevent vulnerable people from becoming clinically depressed.

Participants must be willing to tell their GP that they are taking part. They must not currently be receiving treatment for psychiatric disorders, must not be pregnant and must never have had weight loss surgery.

If you are interested in participating in this study and helping researchers to find out more about the link between diet and depression you can complete an assessment on their website.

Research study

Arrangements following relationship breakdowns - experience required

A pilot research project is studying the arrangements ex-partners make following relationship breakdowns.

The project is looking to understand how ex-partners manage to resolve issues around finances and child arrangements without access to legal advice, now that legal aid funding for such advice has been withdrawn. 

If you have experience of this and are willing to be involved, please contact Emily Kakoullis or Samuel Kirwan for a 20-minute chat.

Read more ›

Research study

Investigating the ‘delegalised space’ and ‘DIY’ family justice

This is a pilot research project being undertaken by the University of Exeter Law School looking at how best to investigate the effects of ‘legal aid’ cuts upon situations of relationship breakdown in a further planned project.

We are interested in how people who have not sought advice from a solicitor or gone through a court process, make arrangements regarding the division of family finances and the care of their children.  

We therefore wish to interview:

  1. People who have had this personal experience, and;
  2. Professionals whose agencies provide information and support to those facing family dispute resolution without traditional legal advice. 

For further information about this research project, please contact:

Dr Emily Kakoullis, Dr Samuel Kirwan. Telephone: 00 44 (0) 1392 725609. Email: E.J.Kakoullis@exeter.ac.uk, S.Kirwan@exeter.ac.uk

Read more ›

Research study

Help test new online depression therapy

People who are feeling low or depressed are being offered the opportunity to take part in a study exploring the effectiveness of a simple new therapy online. Behavioural Activation (BA) was recently found to be as effective as the “gold standard” talking treatment of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Now, researchers at the University of Exeter are seeking participants from across the South West to help them assess BA’s effectiveness when accessed online. The programme consists of a series of eight weekly modules which aim to help people re-engage in positive. These activities can then lead to improved mood.

Participants in the study will be given a wrist monitor to assess activity levels at the beginning and end of the eight-week course. Behavioural Activation has been pioneered and extensively tested at the University of Exeter, where it was shown in a recent large-scale study to be as effective as other more expensive treatments.

Participants in the study will not have to visit the University, or a doctor, and all of their information will be kept confidential. 

If you are interested in finding out further information contact Jeff Lambert at the following email address: jdl212@exeter.ac.uk

Read more ›

Research study

University of Exeter researchers offer local clubs and societies £1000 team challenge

Researchers at the University of Exeter are inviting groups of people from across Cornwall to take part in a fun experiment to help them understand how human culture develops, with a chance to win £1,000 in return.

Dr Alex Thornton and his colleagues, who are based at the University’s Penryn campus are seeking groups of ten adults, who may be a group of friends, or members of a club or a society, to take part in a team challenge which will involve making simple and fun objects. 

To find out more about the project and for more information please visit www.culturalminds.co.uk

Read more ›

Research study

Experienced meditators needed for interesting new study

PhD researcher Emily Hammond is investigating how mindfulness influences patterns of mind and the nature of experience.

Mindfulness has become a ‘hot topic’ in psychological research, however to date very little attention has been paid to the experiential aspects of meditation. We would like to invite people with an established meditation practice to take part in a brand new study on the features of conscious experience, taking place at the University of Exeter (Streatham campus, close to the city centre). Participants will be reimbursed up to £45 for their time.

What is an ‘established practice’?

For this study, your meditation practice could be within a secular, spiritual or therapeutic context. All we ask that you estimate that the total time you have spent meditating adds up to 1000 hours or more (equivalent to around 25 minutes a day for 6 years), and includes some mindfulness-based practice.

Contact

The study is expected to run from April to July 2016. If you are interested in finding out more (with no obligation to take part), please contact Emily at e.r.hammond@ exeter.ac.uk. All enquiries are warmly welcomed. 

Research study

Internet scams wanted

The Psychology department is continuing its research into internet scammers, and needs your help to collect as many scam emails as possible.

The team are interested in emails that ask you to reply to the email (not those asking you to click on a link or open an attachment).

If you get any messages of this kind, please forward them to: c.robinson115@goodmail.co.uk. This is a safe address created for the project, and not connected to any University or personal account.

If you can't forward the message, please send a printed copy to:

Professor Stephen Lea
Psychology
Washington Singer Building
University of Exeter Streatham Campus
EX4 4QG

Research study

Understanding the link between mood, memory, and thinking styles

The Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research are currently inviting 12-18 year olds to complete online questionnaires to help understand mood and memory.

To participate, please complete this survey.

Research study

Online depression therapy

In the most depressing month of the year, researchers are urging people to take up free therapy courses in a bid to help them find a definitive answer to what works best in online treatment for depression.

This online programme, run by Professor Ed Watkins, of the University’s Mood Disorders Centre, will provide free online CBT for people with major depression supported by guidance from a trained psychological wellbeing practitioner.

The trial, funded by the Cornwall NHS Foundation Partnership Trust and a South West Peninsula Academic Health Services Network grant, follows an earlier pilot study, which demonstrated an improvement in depression scores after 12 weeks.

If you are interested in joining the trial, visit the Mood Disorders Centre website.

Research study

Project REACT: Helping adults delay frailty and live independently for longer

Project REACT (REtirement in ACTion) will target people aged over 65 years old who are starting to find everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs and getting up from a chair difficult.

From this month on, REACT starts recruiting almost 800 people over the age of 65 to take part in the new programme delivered in local community centres in Devon, Bath, Bristol, and Birmingham.

To find out more and volunteer to take part see the project's website.

Participants should be aged over 65 and find that walking, climbing stairs and getting up from a chair are starting to get more difficult

Research study

Designing problem-solving training for children with brain injury

A research study which aims to better understand the everyday difficulties of those who have had brain injuries would like to work with families, to identify and develop helpful interventions. The study, which is to be conducted by Dr Anna Adlam, is inviting parents and children aged 9-12 years to help design a new web based intervention.

To find out more, and register your interest, please visit the Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research web page.

Research study

Take part in a research study on aphantasia

Unable to get to sleep by counting sheep, or visualise the faces of loved ones? You might have aphantasia. This newly defined condition effects people's ability to visualise or imagine images.

Research by Professor Adam Zeman is being to understand the impact that aphantasia has on the individual and you can take part by visiting the BBC website and completing the Vividness of Visual Imagery questionnaire.

Research study

Clinical research - Exeter 10,000 study

The NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (Exeter CRF) aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as the common cold through the Exeter 10,000 study.

Participation involves a 30 minute appointment, completing a questionnaire about your lifestyle and medical history, and giving a blood sample.

Appointments are available 8:30 to 15:30 Monday to Friday.

If you would like to take part, call 01392 408181 or email crf@exeter.ac.uk, having completed the appointment form.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Research group

Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU) Family Faculty

PenCRU has built a family faculty with membership of families with disabled children.

Joining gives you the opportunity to take part in PenCRU's research.

You can do this in a number of ways, including suggesting research questions, join a working or advisory group, or help to tell people about results.

Membership does not commit you to anything and expenses incurred in supporting the faculty can be reclaimed.

If you are interested, please complete PenCRU's contact form.

Advisory group

Peninsula Public Involvement Group (PenPIG)

PenPIG is a user led advisory group. It is made up of members of the public, service users and carers.

Members of PenPIG ensure PenCLAHRC conducts research relevant to the public and have been involved in a wide range of activities related to its running and work.

To get involved in contact Kade, or Stephanie.

Steering committee

Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Steering Committee

The Exeter CRF Steering Committee gives opinions on research proposals, ensures CRF publications are written in plain English and also helps make decisions about the distribution of samples in CRF biobanks.

The committee meets on a monthly basis.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Louisa or call on 01392 408182.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Educational app

Libby's Lab

Teach your child about the world around them, using University of Exeter's Libby's Lab app.

The innovative app offers step by step instructions for scientific experiments which are suitable for children of all ages and abilities; the app is designed to help parents and carers teach their children about the importance of science and develop their scientific knowledge.

Visit our iTunes app store page to download Libby's Lab.

Research study

CATCh-uS ADHD Survey

Please help with this very important study, which is about children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in transition between children’s services and adult services.

One piece of the project is a mapping survey designed to find out which adult ADHD services are out there for young people with ADHD aged 18 and over to transition into from children’s services. This means that this survey can be answered by any person of any age who has knowledge of ADHD services, whether they have ADHD themselves or not and whether they are a parent/carer or not.

Visit this survey link to tell the researchers about adult ADHD services in your area  or equally important the lack of adult services.

The online questionnaire asks no more than 8 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

The survey is anonymous and your response will contribute to the creation of a map detailing adult ADHD services currently available in the UK.

For more information, please visit the research team's website.

Research study

MooDFOOD study: food and depression

If you are prone to the January blues after an over-indulgent festive season, you could help researchers at the University of Exeter discover whether healthy eating can ward off depression.

The MooDFOOD study is recruiting 250 overweight people in and around Exeter and aims to provide the most robust evidence yet on whether eating more healthily and using nutritional supplements can prevent vulnerable people from becoming clinically depressed.

Participants must be willing to tell their GP that they are taking part. They must not currently be receiving treatment for psychiatric disorders, must not be pregnant and must never have had weight loss surgery.

If you are interested in participating in this study and helping researchers to find out more about the link between diet and depression you can complete an assessment on their website.

Research study

Arrangements following relationship breakdowns - experience required

A pilot research project is studying the arrangements ex-partners make following relationship breakdowns.

The project is looking to understand how ex-partners manage to resolve issues around finances and child arrangements without access to legal advice, now that legal aid funding for such advice has been withdrawn. 

If you have experience of this and are willing to be involved, please contact Emily Kakoullis or Samuel Kirwan for a 20-minute chat.

Read more ›

Research study

Investigating the ‘delegalised space’ and ‘DIY’ family justice

This is a pilot research project being undertaken by the University of Exeter Law School looking at how best to investigate the effects of ‘legal aid’ cuts upon situations of relationship breakdown in a further planned project.

We are interested in how people who have not sought advice from a solicitor or gone through a court process, make arrangements regarding the division of family finances and the care of their children.  

We therefore wish to interview:

  1. People who have had this personal experience, and;
  2. Professionals whose agencies provide information and support to those facing family dispute resolution without traditional legal advice. 

For further information about this research project, please contact:

Dr Emily Kakoullis, Dr Samuel Kirwan. Telephone: 00 44 (0) 1392 725609. Email: E.J.Kakoullis@exeter.ac.uk, S.Kirwan@exeter.ac.uk

Read more ›

Research study

Help test new online depression therapy

People who are feeling low or depressed are being offered the opportunity to take part in a study exploring the effectiveness of a simple new therapy online. Behavioural Activation (BA) was recently found to be as effective as the “gold standard” talking treatment of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Now, researchers at the University of Exeter are seeking participants from across the South West to help them assess BA’s effectiveness when accessed online. The programme consists of a series of eight weekly modules which aim to help people re-engage in positive. These activities can then lead to improved mood.

Participants in the study will be given a wrist monitor to assess activity levels at the beginning and end of the eight-week course. Behavioural Activation has been pioneered and extensively tested at the University of Exeter, where it was shown in a recent large-scale study to be as effective as other more expensive treatments.

Participants in the study will not have to visit the University, or a doctor, and all of their information will be kept confidential. 

If you are interested in finding out further information contact Jeff Lambert at the following email address: jdl212@exeter.ac.uk

Read more ›

Research study

University of Exeter researchers offer local clubs and societies £1000 team challenge

Researchers at the University of Exeter are inviting groups of people from across Cornwall to take part in a fun experiment to help them understand how human culture develops, with a chance to win £1,000 in return.

Dr Alex Thornton and his colleagues, who are based at the University’s Penryn campus are seeking groups of ten adults, who may be a group of friends, or members of a club or a society, to take part in a team challenge which will involve making simple and fun objects. 

To find out more about the project and for more information please visit www.culturalminds.co.uk

Read more ›

Research study

Experienced meditators needed for interesting new study

PhD researcher Emily Hammond is investigating how mindfulness influences patterns of mind and the nature of experience.

Mindfulness has become a ‘hot topic’ in psychological research, however to date very little attention has been paid to the experiential aspects of meditation. We would like to invite people with an established meditation practice to take part in a brand new study on the features of conscious experience, taking place at the University of Exeter (Streatham campus, close to the city centre). Participants will be reimbursed up to £45 for their time.

What is an ‘established practice’?

For this study, your meditation practice could be within a secular, spiritual or therapeutic context. All we ask that you estimate that the total time you have spent meditating adds up to 1000 hours or more (equivalent to around 25 minutes a day for 6 years), and includes some mindfulness-based practice.

Contact

The study is expected to run from April to July 2016. If you are interested in finding out more (with no obligation to take part), please contact Emily at e.r.hammond@ exeter.ac.uk. All enquiries are warmly welcomed. 

Research study

Internet scams wanted

The Psychology department is continuing its research into internet scammers, and needs your help to collect as many scam emails as possible.

The team are interested in emails that ask you to reply to the email (not those asking you to click on a link or open an attachment).

If you get any messages of this kind, please forward them to: c.robinson115@goodmail.co.uk. This is a safe address created for the project, and not connected to any University or personal account.

If you can't forward the message, please send a printed copy to:

Professor Stephen Lea
Psychology
Washington Singer Building
University of Exeter Streatham Campus
EX4 4QG

Research study

Understanding the link between mood, memory, and thinking styles

The Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research are currently inviting 12-18 year olds to complete online questionnaires to help understand mood and memory.

To participate, please complete this survey.

Research study

Project REACT: Helping adults delay frailty and live independently for longer

Project REACT (REtirement in ACTion) will target people aged over 65 years old who are starting to find everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs and getting up from a chair difficult.

From this month on, REACT starts recruiting almost 800 people over the age of 65 to take part in the new programme delivered in local community centres in Devon, Bath, Bristol, and Birmingham.

To find out more and volunteer to take part see the project's website.

Participants should be aged over 65 and find that walking, climbing stairs and getting up from a chair are starting to get more difficult

Research study

Clinical research - Exeter 10,000 study

The NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (Exeter CRF) aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as the common cold through the Exeter 10,000 study.

Participation involves a 30 minute appointment, completing a questionnaire about your lifestyle and medical history, and giving a blood sample.

Appointments are available 8:30 to 15:30 Monday to Friday.

If you would like to take part, call 01392 408181 or email crf@exeter.ac.uk, having completed the appointment form.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Research group

Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU) Family Faculty

PenCRU has built a family faculty with membership of families with disabled children.

Joining gives you the opportunity to take part in PenCRU's research.

You can do this in a number of ways, including suggesting research questions, join a working or advisory group, or help to tell people about results.

Membership does not commit you to anything and expenses incurred in supporting the faculty can be reclaimed.

If you are interested, please complete PenCRU's contact form.

Advisory group

Peninsula Public Involvement Group (PenPIG)

PenPIG is a user led advisory group. It is made up of members of the public, service users and carers.

Members of PenPIG ensure PenCLAHRC conducts research relevant to the public and have been involved in a wide range of activities related to its running and work.

To get involved in contact Kade, or Stephanie.

Steering committee

Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Steering Committee

The Exeter CRF Steering Committee gives opinions on research proposals, ensures CRF publications are written in plain English and also helps make decisions about the distribution of samples in CRF biobanks.

The committee meets on a monthly basis.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Louisa or call on 01392 408182.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.