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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.

Have you had fertility treatment in the UK? Were you asked about the use of your data? 

When patients start fertility treatment in England they have to fill in a lot of forms, and among these is an HFEA form to consent to disclose identifiable information. This is the form where people decide whether to allow their personal information to be used in research. We are trying to find out more about how people make this decision, and more about their experiences. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to be interviewed.

If you might be able to help, or would like more information, please contact Dr Claire Carson at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit: or (01865)289755

For more information, please see our study web page:

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 .

Oxford Education Deanery 

We warmly welcome interest from teachers in local state-maintained schools that are members of the Oxford Education Deanery (find out if your school is a member here) that want to engage with/in research and/or undertake continuing professional development. Opportunities available to eligible teachers include the NQT induction programme, Action Research Fellowships and the Enhanced Masters in Learning and Teaching. We are also keen to work collaboratively with local Deanery schools to develop research projects that meet school needs and disseminate findings effectively. If your school is not a Deanery member and you are interested in joining, please contact

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

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!, 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.

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 to find out more.

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