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 Ignite Imaginations, a community arts organisation is running Zoom workshops in April and June to produce artistic recollections of members or their families’ experience of migration. Participants will be coached by professional artists and will receive creativity packs to help with the online workshops. The art work will be exhibited during the Migration Matters Festival which is part of Refugee Week 2021 If you are interested in this celebratory project, please contact Denise West:; or 07817 899090, as soon as possible.
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

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HELSI want to do research on wearable technologies such as ECG, blood pressure, heart rate monitors, etc. The data will be used to create a cardiovascular digital computer representation of each individual’s health, in order to better understand cardiovascular problems and to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart diseases. HELSI need to understand how this project is viewed by the public and patients and to take their opinions into account. Please participate, as a private individual, by completing, the attached short confidential questionnaire. If you have any questions about the questionnaire, you can contact the researchers

Dr Sarah M. Price Research Associate University of Sheffield

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Lockdown has put a stop to live cultural activities. To help revitalise this sector and successfully lobby Government hard data is needed. If pre pandemic you were involved in participatory arts activities, community arts groups or in arts through social prescribing or just a supporter of the arts and cultural life of South Yorkshire please complete this survey which will ask questions about the kinds of arts and cultural activities you have been doing since lockdown; what you are missing from before lockdown, and whether the lack of arts and cultural venues has impacted your wellbeing or sense of community
Maggie Simms u3a National Shared Learning & Research Coordinator
U3a launched 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. Twenty four members participated in auditing, the city centre, London Road and Abbeydale Road, Woodseats, Mosborough, Stannington, Netheredge, Nether Green, Bents Green, Ecclesall Road, Hillsborough, Broomhill, Stocksbridge, Woodhouse, Woodseats, Fulwood and Darnall. It will be fascinating to see how our local survey areas may change in the coming months and years. 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.

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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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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.