SLRP – Shared Learning and Research Projects


Chair: 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
To better understand the ageing process in order to prevent or delay multimorbidity and frailty, we will be collaborating with HELSI with research on age-related illness throughout a person’s life, not just at the very end. HELSI want to promote a radical change in society by sharing their knowledge with individuals, community groups and care providers to implement new initiatives. Their researchers are world class, but without input from our members they will struggle to tackle this challenge. Watch this space for future projects.



Research projects


Project Leaders Description
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.

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Project Organiser Dr Jenna Littlejohn:

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This research is for members over 70 with a hearing loss. One of its aims is to try and understand the impact of isolation during this pandemic and what, if any, additional support is required. Participants will complete an anonymous online survey

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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 meal

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HELSI would like to engage with members who would be interested in being part of an informal consultative group to assist in research to prevent or ameliorate chronic conditions that affect 3 in every 5 people aged 65 and over who have several conditions. To learn more about this project click If you are interested in taking part please contact Phil Long:

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.