SLRP – Shared Learning and Research Projects


Lead: Samina Aslam email
Denise West email
Phil Long email
Martin Harvey email
Shared learning research projects involves u3a Sheffield members participating in projects with other organisations. Involvement is not time consuming as many activities are completed online such as assisting with research or data collecting. No academic qualifications or experience is required. Taking part in learning and research projects can be stimulating and fun.
If you would like more information contact one of the coordinators.
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Listed below are current shared learning and research projects. For further details email the relevant Project Leader.

Shared Learning

Project Leaders Description
The Healthy Lifespan Institute HELSI and Sheffield u3a have formed a partnership to ensure research into healthy ageing incorporates the lived experiences of older people. The partnership with Sheffield u3a will give Healthy Lifespan researchers the opportunity to embed the insight and expertise of u3a members into research activity, with a particular focus on those experiencing multimorbidity, the presence of two or more chronic health conditions. For more information about this exciting project click



Research projects


Project Leaders Description
Lead Researcher: Samuel C. Okwemba
This project involves an experiment to collect photos to understand streets where you feel safe or not safe to walk in at night. The first step will have you take the photos of these streets and sending to the research through the contact details provided, either by email or social messaging platform. Alternatively, you can provide details of the streets and location, so the researcher can take a photo. The researcher will then organise with you for a follow up interview that will last 10 minutes to ask a few questions about the photos shared. For more details click here.
Maggie Simms u3a National Shared Learning & Research Coordinator
u3a launched Phase 1 of a national audit to record the types of local shops that our members encounter around the country, in order to get an idea of how the economic climate is affecting them. Sheffield was one of the largest participants in this project. The next phase will commence in September, and it will be interesting to see how the pandemic has changed our local High Streets. The national interim report can be found
Project Organiser Adnan Shehabi – a full time PHD researcher in Audiology

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This research is looking at how ageing and noise exposure affect hearing in adults aged 50-70 who may have been exposed to either low or excessive occupational noise. Participation is by an anonymous online survey with some challenging and interesting tests to assessing hearing and memory.To take part please follow this link.
Project Organiser Dr Jenna Littlejohn:

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Our involvement in research to understand the impact of isolation on members over 70 with hearing loss has now finished. The conclusion of this study can be found at
Project Organiser Dr Lynne Barker BSC (Hons) PhD, PgCert

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After a head injury or stroke individuals can experience problems with certain tasks that involve remembering to do things. It is important that these changes are accurately measured so that rehabilitation is specific to the needs of the individual. This research aims to measure a number of different cognitive functions at the same time in a quicker and easier way than existing measures by using a computerised task that better fits with things that people need to do e.g. cooking a mealFor details about the research click.
Project Organiser Dr Markos Klonizakis

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Are you 55 or older healthy and currently doing no exercise why not take part in a study that explores the effects of short-term aquatic exercise on human physiological function? For more details click.