Shared Learning and Research projects

Shared Learning

Shared learning involves SU3A Groups and members participating in “Citizen Science” projects, usually by collecting data as part of their Group activities.

Research projects

SU3A receives a lot of support from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. They provide expert speakers for our Showroom lectures, support our shared learning projects and help behind the scenes in many ways.

We help them by providing volunteers for many research projects. This usually involves giving a couple of hours at a university department to undergo all sorts of tests that provide baseline data for research into ageing and interventions for age related problems. Tests are usually mental rather than physical – your response to words or pictures, speed of reaction etc, and we give full details here. See the table below for current research projects seeking help.

Project Contact details Description Other information
Protein supplements Esme Tuttiett, ( Volunteers aged 65+ needed for a study looking at the effect of protein supplements (a flavoured gel) on food intake and appetite. Volunteers’ time and assistance will be compensated. If you are interested please contact Esme
The effect of probiotics on human physiological function Harry Porter,

07795 441197

Dinos Grigoropoulos-Lilley




You will consume Kefir once a day for 4 weeks, and attend 3 sessions at the Sheffield Hallam Collegiate Campus. In each session, we will measure body composition, and test your vein function non-invasively including light exercise on a stationary bike.


You should be:
Age 55 – 75
Not using probiotics
Giving up Smoking Dr. Gareth Jones (Telephone Number: 01142254312, E-mail: Support for giving up smoking – methods being tested Click here for more information