Volunteer in Research Studies

Volunteers taking part in research with ARCHA
Volunteers taking part in research with ARCHA

Would you like to be part of exciting studies which will help shape the future of healthcare for older people?

Would you like to extend your own knowledge?
If yes, and if you are over 50, then why not join our panel of people over 50 who are interested in taking part in a variety of studies across different disciplines of health-related research. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers from all backgrounds and levels of fitness.

The studies have been subject to ethical scrutiny and conducted by trained professionals. It’s easy, non-demanding and fun!

How to volunteer

Participation in any study is entirely voluntary on each occasion, so by registering for our panel you are under no obligation to take part in a study. Our coordinator can then contact you when new studies arise.

If you’d like any further information about registering for our panel or about our research studies, please contact Wendy Overton on 0121 204 4134; email w.g.overton@aston.ac.uk.

Volunteer in our current studies 
We are looking for volunteers to participate in the following studies:

 April 2015

We are currently looking for volunteers over the age of 70 to take part in a study aiming to develop a structured training intervention to improve the use of autobiographical memory in healthy older adults but also to work out how this type of training can eventually benefit people with more significant memory concerns.  We will be examining the relationships between autobiographical memory and cognitive, emotional and social processing in older adults. If you are interested in taking part please contact Fiona Leahy by email: leahyf@aston.ac.uk, or telephone 0121 204 4134, leave your name and telephone number and we will return your call.


Recent work

  • Computerised or paper tests of memory, concentration and problem solving
  • Examination of eyesight changes
  • Mobility and safety issues, such as driving simulation
  • Questionnaires on topics such as diet or exercise
  • Sleep studies
  • Specific illness investigations, for example diabetes

Comments from our Volunteers

"I did enjoy yesterday's exercises and look forward to the report of the findings."

"I'd just like to stay that it was an experience for me and I enjoyed it. I hope the information and activities will be useful for your project. Thanks once again. Please contact me if you need any volunteers in future."

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research