Projects for Members


Lead: Samina Aslam email
Denise West email
Dr Helen Brown email
Martin Harvey email
Veronica Wigley email


Projects for Members

are opportunities for members to share in joint learning in partnership with Sheffield’s universities, research institutes, museums and galleries, The knowledge, skills and life experiences which u3a members bring can add greatly to academic research projects. Your involvement offers a friendly way to learn alongside the researchers and should be both stimulating and fun. Participation is generally not time consuming as many projects are completed online. No academic qualifications, previous experience or expertise is required. If you would like more information about Projects for Members please contact one of the SLRP coordinators (above) . For information about one of our current partnership projects (below) please email the Project Organiser.


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The Healthy Lifespan Institute (HELSI) is one of Sheffield University’s four flagship institutions, aimed at helping people live fulfilling, independent lives for longer. Sheffield u3a have formed a partnership with HELSI to ensure research into healthy ageing incorporates the lived experiences of older people. The partnership helps Healthy Lifespan researchers incorporate the insights and expertise of u3a members into their research activity. One focus is on working with people who are experiencing two or more chronic health conditions (multimorbidity). For more information about this exciting and wide-ranging project click here.
Which streets are safe to walk in at night? This project is collecting photos of streets where you feel safe or not safe to walk at night. The first step asks you to take photos of these streets and send them to the researcher through the contact details provided. Alternatively, you can provide details of the streets and locations, and the researcher will take a photo. The researcher will then invite you to a short online follow up interview to ask a few questions about the photos. For more details about the project and how it will be managed click here. Samuel C. Okwemba
How has the pandemic changed our High Streets? Previously u3a launched a national audit to record the types of local shops that members encounter around the country, to gather a picture of how the economic climate is affecting them. Sheffield was one of the largest participants in this project. The next phase has now started, and it will be interesting to see how the pandemic has changed our local high streets. You can read the national interim report at Maggie Simms u3a National Shared Learning & Research Coordinator
The 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 assess your hearing and memory. Optionally, there will also be some further testing in the audiology lab. To take part in this project please follow this link. Adnan Shehabi – a full time PHD researcher in Audiology

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After a head injury or stroke individuals can experience problems with remembering to do things. It is important that these changes in memory function are accurately measured so that rehabilitation is specific to the needs of each individual. This research aims to measure a number of different functions at the same time in a quicker and easier way than existing measures by using a computerised task that reflects everyday things people need to do such as cooking a meal. For details about what the research involves click. Dr Lynne Barker BSC (Hons) PhD, PgCert

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Are you 55 or older, healthy and currently doing no exercise. If so, would you like to take part in a study that explores the effects of short-term aquatic exercise on human physiological functions?. For more details about what the study involves click. Dr Markos Klonizakis

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Our involvement in research to understand the impact of isolation on members over 70 with hearing loss is now complete. You can read the conclusions of this study at Dr Jenna Littlejohn:

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