Volunteering in the ABC

There are lots of opportunities to take part in research in the Aston Brain Centre, and a limited number of places for those wishing to volunteer on a more regular basis, to gain work experience.

Volunteering to take part in a study

We are always looking for people to volunteer to be in our brain imaging studies.  This typically involves one or two appointments at the ABC where you will meet some of our postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers, to participate in their measurements.  These might be MEG recordings, EEG recordings, or MRI recordings, for example. 

As well as providing important data for the study, you’ll get the chance to learn more about the kinds of research we do, and how the techniques work.  It’s an ideal opportunity to meet people who work in our area of science on a daily basis.

For more information about the studies currently running, please contact Dr Siân Worthen and she will put you in touch with the scientists leading the projects.

If you're the parent of a child who would like to volunteer for our research, we also have some helpful information here

Longer-term volunteering opportunities

We are currently looking for a small number of people who can commit a few hours a week (flexible) on a regular basis to help with running our laboratories.  Volunteers could be based in the Dyslexia Assessment Clinic or in the MEG laboratory, though their duties may sometimes cross the boundaries between them. 

Activities will vary from week to week with opportunities to learn about different areas of our work.  Examples include: entering data into databases and conducting basic statistical analyses; assisting with MEG data recordings; updating in-house online resources; basic technical duties in the different labs.  Full training will be given and we hope that these activities would provide sound experience for someone looking for a career in research.

Because the ABC is a registered hospital, any volunteers will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau check) prior to starting work.  Because there are a limited number of places available, you will also need to attend an informal interview.

If you are interested, please contact Dr Siân Worthen