Research volunteer
Research volunteer
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Get involved with our research

Some of our research projects rely on the generosity of people like you. Whether it's harnessing the power of your home PC, taking part in a clinical trial, or simply volunteering your time for a study, you may be able to contribute to some of the ground-breaking projects which make the University of Oxford a world leader in research. Watch this space for ways in which you could get involved.

Oxford Vaccine Group

The Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the Department of Paediatrics, is an independent multi-disciplinary clinical trials and epidemiology group based at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine. OVG works towards the goal of developing new and improved vaccines for the prevention of infection in adults and children, enhancing the understanding of immunity and studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

To find out which research projects are currently recruiting volunteers, please see the OVG website or email info@ovg.ox.ac.uk .

What's the score at the Bodleian Library?

The Bodleian Libraries are looking for your help in increasing access to their music collections. Over four thousand digitised scores, mostly piano music from the nineteenth century, many of which have illustrated covers, have now been made available online. By describing these images, you will not only be helping to provide access to this valuable but hitherto 'hidden' collection, you will also be facilitating future research into popular music of the period and the wider social function which it performed during the Victorian age.

Free Speech Debate

Join Professor Timothy Garton Ash's global debate on free speech.  Read and criticise the project's 10 draft principles. Explore controversial examples. Hear the thoughts of others. 

The editorial content of the website is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.

Ancient Lives

Armchair archaeologists are needed to help decode ancient Egyptian papyri, written in Greek.

Vaccine Trials

The Jenner Institute works to develop innovative vaccines against major global diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and influenza and often needs participants for trials. To find out which trials are currently recruiting volunteers, please see the Jenner Institute website or email VaccineTrials@well.ox.ac.uk .

Galaxy Zoo

By taking part in classifying galaxies with our Department of Astrophysics, you'll not only be contributing to scientific research, you'll also have the chance to view parts of the Universe that literally no-one has ever seen before.

Moon Zoo

Become a virtual astronaut and examine the surface of the moon. You'll not only get the chance to spot things that have never been seen before - everything from lost Russian spacecraft to previously unseen geological features -  but you'll also help us answer vital scientific questions.

Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences

The Centre for Experimental Social Sciences is currently recruiting for its pool of people potentially interested in participating in paid experiments in social sciences.  Experiments are either carried out online or in our facility in central Oxford.

Participants are rewarded between £10 and £15 per hour on average, and no particular knowledge in any discipline of social sciences is required.

Oxford eXperimental lab for the Social Sciences

The Oxford Internet Institute, together with the Saïd Business School, is recruiting individuals to participate in computer-based experiments involving online surfing behaviour as well as economic and political decision-making. We pay our subjects well, there are no special skills required and you don't have to be a student to take part!

imeasure

Sign up to imeasure, a free, online tool created by the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. You’ll get regular feedback on your household’s energy usage, helping you to spot opportunities for saving both energy and money. You’ll also contribute anonymously to a ground-breaking citizen science project which will gather good current data on household energy usage, which may help us to create low carbon, money-saving households for the future.

Climateprediction.net

Climateprediction.net, run by researchers at the Department of Physics, harnesses the power of volunteers’ computers to produce predictions of the Earth’s climate and test the accuracy of climate models. You can take part by running a climate model as a background process on your computer, and you'll get to see your own, unique version of the world evolve.

Experimental Psychology research

The Department of Experimental Psychology is always looking for volunteers for a changing portfolio of research projects. 

Diabetes clinical research

Clinical trials – the controlled testing of the safety and effectiveness of new therapies with lots of patients – are essential to medical science, yet recruiting volunteers can be a problem. If you’re interested in learning about the benefits and what’s involved, a new website has been launched by the Diabetes Research Network, coordinated by the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) and Imperial College London.

Brain Bank for Autism

The Brain Bank for Autism seeks to understand the causes of autism. It is important for everyone - not just the autism community - that studies using human brain tissue are made. The Brain Bank for Autism, which is based at the University's Department of Clinical Neurology, makes brain tissue available worldwide to qualified researchers aiming to better understand brain development and what is changed in autism. Control tissue of people who do not have autism is needed just as much as donation by people who do.

 

If you are interested in supporting this research and want to learn more about donating your brain, please visit the Brain Bank for Autism website or call 0800 089 0707.

Effects of Fluoxetine on anger processing in healthy male volunteers

Are you you a hotheaded person? Do you have a fiery or quick temper?

Are you are male, healthy, aged between 18-55 years, fluent in English and have no history of psychiatric problems (like depression or anxiety)?

If you answered YES to all the above questions, we would love to hear from you!

You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire to assess the way you usually respond to frustrating or negative situations. We will then contact you if you score within a particular range.

The study involves a single dose of a common antidepressant and a session of behavioural/emotional testing and we will reimburse you for your time and travel expenses.

This study has been approved by the University Research Ethics Committee.

Performance on cognitive tasks: volunteers needed

We are conducting a research study to assess if a new medication affects performance on cognitive tasks and need people 18-45yrs old to complete our online questionnaire.

The study involves visiting our research facility on 3 occasions.

You will receive compensation for your time and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To participate in this research you must be:

  • Male or female aged between 18 and 45 (inclusive)
  • Fit and well, both physically and mentally
  • A light or a non-smoker
  • Right handed
  • A fluent English speaker
  • Willing to take one dose of study medication or dummy medication

To get in touch, text STUDY to 70099, call 07760 486222, or email us at sep_study@psych.ox.ac.uk to find out more.