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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.

Investigating children’s understanding of data practices on YouTube

Human Computer Interaction (HCI) group, at the Department of Computer Science
Ethical Approval Reference: CS_C1A_021_028

What is the purpose of the research?

YouTube has been one of the most used platforms by children, however, children and parents are sometimes unaware of the data collection practices on the YouTube platform. We would like to investigate how children aged 7-13 perceive the data collection and processing practices on the YouTube platform, and what children expect to be supported that may help them navigate their data on YouTube. 

Who can take part?

  • We would like to recruit children (aged between seven and 13).
  • We are looking for children who spend at least two hours per week on YouTube

What does the study involve?

Participants will have the option to take the study either in-person or online. All children participants will be asked to complete a 30-40-minute interview with the researchers (with at least two researchers present in the interview for safeguarding). Children will be using their own device to complete a few tasks on YouTube during the interview. Your child will be asked about their current experience and usage of YouTube and how they make use of video recommendations on YouTube. We will then show them two videos on how YouTube collects and processes their data and ask about their perceptions.

Where does the study take place?

Family participants will have the option to do the study either in-person or online.

What will my children learn?

We hope through taking part in this research, your child would have more awareness and a deeper understanding of the data collection and processing practices on the YouTube platform, therefore help them to make more informed decisions about their data in the future.

Expenses and payments?

All travel expenses would be reimbursed. A small gift voucher will be provided as a thank-you gift.

How can you and your children take part?

If you are interested in taking part, please email [email protected]

For more information, please follow this link:

Seeking poor sleepers for insomnia research

Trouble sleeping? Researchers from the Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford are evaluating different interventions aimed at improving sleep. We are looking for poor sleepers between the ages of 18 and 65. Participation will involve spending overnights in the sleep laboratory at Oxford, monitoring your sleep/wake cycle, and completing computerised tasks. Depending on the study you volunteer for, you will either undergo an online self-help treatment programme or lab-based non-invasive brain stimulation sessions prior to bedtime. You will be reimbursed for your time.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact the research team directly at [email protected]

Volunteers with lazy eye wanted

We are looking for volunteers with a history of lazy eye, patching or amblyopia to take part in our brain scanning study on how binocular vision relates to brain chemistry.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for healthy, fluent English volunteers aged 18-45 with a history of lazy eye, patching therapy or amblyopia.

You will also be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for an MRI scan.

Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested and would like more information please contact Betina Ip in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, by emailing [email protected] or visit

CUREC No: MSD-IDREC-C1-2014-146

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

Oxford Education Deanery 

We warmly welcome interest from teachers in local state-maintained schools that are members of the Oxford Education Deanery 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 follow this link for contact information.

Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Science (CESS) is currently recruiting for its pool of individuals interested in participating in paid experiments in social sciences.  

CESS currently conducts online experiments that can be completed from the comfort of your home (while we prepare the reopening of the physical laboratory). Typical CESS studies involve reading instructions and making a series of decisions at a computer that may affect the final compensation that is received by you and other participants.

Participants make at least £3 for every experiment they show up for and earn additional average payments of £8/hour depending on decisions made during the experiment. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can remove yourself from the participant pool at any time.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

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.

Free Speech Debate

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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.