Research and Insight

Get Involved in Research

Are you interested in getting involved in research projects at Sheffield Hallam?

Read through the following list of research projects to find out more and take part. Some opportunities are paid and some are unpaid.

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Wellbeing, self-compassion, and sex work

Researchers at the University of Leicester are conducting a project looking at Wellbeing, self-compassion, and sex work. The research project is titled A survey of UK university students: Wellbeing, self-compassion, and sex work. They are interested in learning about any different types of sex work that university students have been involved in, or would consider being involved in, and how different types of work may be related to factors such as wellbeing and self-compassion. We hope that the results can be used to inform support offered by student support services in the future. If you are interested in taking part, please read the Participant Information Sheet. You can also fill the survey in via the button below.

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Coach Education

A current student is working as a Leadership & Development Assistant on placement with Sheffield Hallam. They are reviewing the current and future coach education programmes at SHU. If you have any thoughts or would like to be involved in the development of what coach education programmes students and staff might might or need, please get in touch directly with Louis at b9005711@my.shu.ac.uk.


Exploring Disabled People's Uses and Experiences on Instagram

Do you identify as having a physical disability? Are you between the ages of 18 to 25? Do you go on Instagram regularly? Do you have access to Google Meet? If yes, the following research project might be of interest to you.


Through 1 online private interview this research project wants to hear about your uses, experiences and perspectives you have of Instagram. There are no obligations to answer all the interview questions, neither are there right or wrong answers, and the project aims to learn more about your experiences. To find out more or get involved, please email dleatherbarrow1@sheffield.ac.uk.

Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate on Performance

Sheffield Hallam researchers are recruiting male sport athletes (18 years old and above) for a research study examining the effect of a novel muscle lotion on performance and recovery. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with research at the forefront of sports medicine and trial a newly developed muscle lotion that may improve your performance/recovery.

What would you get out of it?
There are lots of incentives for taking part: • £25 gift voucher • free body composition test (usually £40) • scientific report outlining fitness levels (i.e., sprint speed, agility, explosive power, VO2max) • chance of winning £100/£50 gift voucher and Wolves FC merchandise • free sport supplements worth £30 (i.e., protein powders, gels)

What would you need to do?
Participants would need to attend Collegiate Campus on four separate occasions to perform high-intensity exercise tests specific to team sports (i.e., repeated sprints, agility, shuttle runs, vertical jumps). Ideally these 4 sessions would be over the course of approximately a month, i.e., 1 per week, however we could spread them out more if availability is an issue. Each session will take 2-3 hours. Small finger prick blood samples will be taken. Participants will be required to consume capsules (sodium bicarbonate or corn flour) and apply a newly developed muscle lotion onto their legs/lower back.

How do you take part?
If you are interested in taking part and you currently engage in team sports, or have done so in the past, please contact William Gurton on w.gurton@shu.ac.uk to find out further information about the study.


Sexual Assault in Yorkshire Universities

Students from the University of Sheffield are currently conducting research into sexual assault at universities in Yorkshire as part of their course. Any student can fill this short survey in, regardless of the gender that you identify with. This study has been approved by the University of Sheffield's Journalism Studies Department. Details on this and your rights are at the start of the survey below.


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Are you a current student or member of staff looking for research participants? Drop us an email at uusresearch@shu.ac.uk to get your project advertised on this page.