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.

Project Contact details Description Other information
Ageing actively in your community – Opportunities and Challenges If you have specific ideas for topics that may be addressed during this event and/or to register interest, please contact Philip Long at Sheffield U3A is collaborating with the organisers of the Festival of Debate and the University of Sheffield Healthy Lifespan Institute to present a participative 2020 Festival of Debate session on active ageing. This will take place on a date to be finalised in April or May 2020.
Sheffield’s Changing Neighbourhoods Details Project Completed


If you are interested in planning something along similar lines in partnership with a community group please contact Philip Long pelong54(AT)

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
Pre-Clinical Development of Cog-LAB Dr. Lynne Barker, Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience (Principal Investigator)
Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology,
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield. S10 2BQ.
Email: Telephone 0114 2255379

After a head injury or stroke individuals can experience problems with certain tasks that involve remembering to do things, planning and completing two activities at once. It is important that these changes are accurately measured by clinicians so that strategies can be put in place for rehabilitation. Existing tests can be expensive and time-consuming while not accurately reflecting the problems people may be having in their day to day lives. This means that many people with brain injury or stroke do not get properly evaluated post-injury. The Cog-LAB task addresses this problem by measuring a number of different cognitive functions at the same time using a computerised task, in a quicker and easier way than existing measures and using a task that better fits with the real world things that people need to do (i.e. cooking a meal). Details
Individuals aged 18-80 and diagnosed with gout are needed for a study looking at the effect of tart cherry juice on risk of gout attacks over 12 months. Kirstie Lamb (Study Co-ordinator), or Dr Tony Lynn on 0114 2252065 I am a member of a research team within the Food and Nutrition Group at Sheffield Hallam University. We are undertaking a NHS-approved intervention study investigating the effect of tart cherry juice on the risk of gout attacks and are currently looking for individuals who have been diagnosed with gout to participate. Contact Kirstie
Exploring the effects of aquatic exercise on physiological function in older adults Miss Beatrice Hunt, e-mail:, Tel.: 07970703622 A study that explores the effects of short-term aquatic exercise on human physiological function in the over 55s who do not exercise Details
Healthy Lifespan Institute (HELSI) Gemma Stephens E-mail: Prevention or amelioration of chronic conditions that affect a majority of people in later life See page 10 of Links 195 for more information