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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

This page lets you know about wider U3A events, and other opportunities that may interest you.

Shared Learning Projects
See the London Region web page for current open SLPs here.

Events

Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 July  — Summer School: at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street (easy access: five minutes from Blackfriars underground station). This is the popular annual non-residential event. Members can choose to attend for one, two or three days. There will be a wide range of subjects on the themes of Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Science and Travel — a choice of 28 different talks, four workshops, and six guided walks around the City of London. This year, some talks are included which will explore the theme: “Celebration of the Sea”. Bookings are being taken now. See the latest information here.

October Robo Wars: Date to be finalised yet. See details in: Robots-Flyer and in the rule book here: Robots-TheRules

To find out what else is on across the London Region click here.

Research Projects
As many members wish to volunteer for local organisations or as subjects for university research studies we include these opportunities in the twice monthly Bulletin to members. Specific requests from researchers for support from U3A members are listed here:

Birkbeck College, University of London: recruiting participants for a research project investigating the influence of physical fitness and cognitive reserve on executive and olfactory functioning. More information here: Dissertation Hearing Removal date: 24/7/19

Various Factors Involved in Ageing two PhD students at the Centre for Human and Applied Physiological Sciences, Guy's Campus, King's College London, Ms Yi-Jia Lin and Ms Viktoria Azoidou, who have a common primary supervisor and Chief Investigator of their studies, Dr Marousa Pavlou, are currently recruiting for two studies.

Study 1 aims to investigate the effects of various factors including cognitive function, dual task ability, physical activity levels, sleep and aging on the ability to perform complex gait tasks with and without simultaneous performance of a secondary task (e.g. walking while performing a maths task) in healthy adults. Healthy adults aged 18-80 years old are being recruited. Study 2 aims to investigate the effect of a multifactorial falls rehabilitation programme vs a widely used current exercise programme on falls risk and other factors in adults aged 65 or older who have experienced a fall or are concerned about falling.

Further information for each study is included in the attached recruitment email here and the study poster here. If you would like a copy of the patient information sheet, please let us know and we will be happy to forward one to you. Removal date: 07/07/19

VOICE — this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved in health research.
VOICE, which has been running for years in Newcastle, working with U3As in the North East, has now come to London in partnership with Imperial College. To take part, first register with VOICE@Imperial www.voice-global.org/ and you'll get a weekly email about events in London and online. Most of their work is based at the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) at St.Mary's, Paddington and you can take part in any that interest you and ignore those that don't.

More details here. There are lots of other opportunities at VOICE, such as discussion groups, blogs and other opportunities to get involved. Their website is in the process of being updated and the intention was to wait for the launch of the new one but it keeps getting put back so it seemed better to send the offer out now. Have a look at the site to get an idea of what's going on. And also have a look at the poster here.
Removal date: 07/07/19

Citizen Science — I’m an Anthropology student at University College London (UCL) and I am reaching out to you for assistance for my MSc dissertation research. For this project, I am investigating the best way of supporting inexperienced and novice digital users to participate in citizen science.
 
Citizen science is research conducted by non-scientists. This can be anything from gathering data about air pollution in the neighbourhood, to bird sightings in the back garden. My research builds on a long-running research project at UCL called Extreme Citizen Science (https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centres/excites) which is designing citizen science projects for and with people. I am particularly interested in looking at how this practice leads to greater democratization of data. In other words, can including users in technology design give them more control over and better access to data about their neighbourhoods and lives?
 
I’m looking for people willing to take part in this research project. They will need to be older than 18 years and have little or no experience in using technology (such as mobile phones). Between April and May I will be asking them to participate in focus groups to discuss what data they want to collect and how, and then using the application to collect this data and giving me feedback about their experience. I will be giving each participant a compensation of £30 for their time. This research will not pose any danger to participants and no personal data will be stored.
 
Please contact me by email if you, or anyone you know, are able to help me to recruit participants. I will be happy to answer any further questions. My phone number is 07729201738 and I look forward to hearing from you.  Many thanks, Sanayah
Removal date: 04/07/19

Cinemagoing Culture this is a request for participants for a study to members of the U3A. We want to look at possible generational differences in cinemagoing culture, and the potential impact on memory. I'm also interested in looking at our personal memories for our leisure time activities. Research has shown how our personal or autobiographical memories are for the development of our sense of identity, but little has been done on our memories for activities or hobbies. There has been a similar project looking at theatre, which we are about to publish, so I'm hoping that this study will generate some equally interesting information about cinema.

Would you consider filling out a short online questionnaire about your memories for visits to the cinema from any point in your life? It doesn’t matter if you are a frequent cinemagoer, or if you haven’t been to the cinema for years, or if you work with film or cinema. It doesn’t matter if you can only remember a few snippets of information from vague memories, or you have incredibly vivid detailed memories. All responses would be gratefully received! The questionnaire asks a few background questions, and then you would be asked to describe up to six memories of your experiences of cinema from any point across your lifetime. It doesn’t matter what the memories are, or if you might describe different memories on a different day. It also doesn't matter if you can't remember six. Just the first memories that come to mind would be fantastic. The questionnaire would take about 25 minutes to fill out. Participants need to be over 18. We are interested in all aspects of what people remember, and we are interested in the potential shifts in cinema culture across the generations. The link to the questionnaire is: https://lnkd.in/dUryAh4. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rubhat Ahmed, w1582589@my.westminster.ac.uk, or Dr Alison Eardley, a.eardley@westminster.ac.uk. Thank you!

Dr Alison Eardley, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology,
University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW
Tel: 020 7911 5000 ext. 69007
Removal date: 07/06/19

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From U3A National Office: We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members.  Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you and we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. U3A has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as member of U3A). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.


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