post by Gabrielle Hornshaw (2021 cohort)
My name is Gabrielle and I am a second-year PhD candidate at the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). I am looking for participants to contribute data to a new hand image dataset and earn a £10 Amazon voucher in return (first 50 respondents).
We are aiming to collect a wide variety of images of each participant’s hands, under different lighting conditions and performing different poses and gestures. To do this, we will be asking for 8 short videos (like these: https://youtu.be/Z5OPjIjQwi4) to be self-recorded and uploaded by participants. These recordings should take no more than 5 minutes in total but be done across a period of at least 1 day.
This data will be used to develop techniques for hand matching (deciding whether two hands are the same or not) with the aim to improve investigative processes in cases of abuse with perpetrator-recorded images, where hands can feature more often than faces. Automation of this analysis can improve the efficiency of investigations and reduce some of the human burden of viewing harmful material.
For more information on the project please see the information sheet below. For more detailed recording instructions, and to confirm your participation and submit your videos, please visit this survey:
If you do not have a University of Nottingham email address to complete the survey and would still like to participate, please email me directly at email@example.com.
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.
post by Milly Clover (2021 cohort)
Interested in shaping the future of sustainable food systems in the UK?
The Sensory Science Centre is seeking participants for an online survey as part of the Sustainable Food Study and we would love for you to get involved!
To participate in the survey, you will need to meet the following criteria:
- Be aged 18 years or older
- Be a UK resident
If you meet the criteria and would like to take part in the survey, please click on the link below. The survey will begin with the participant information sheet and consent form. Please read them for full details of the study. Providing you meet the eligibility criteria and consent to partaking, you will be asked a series of questions relating to the sustainability of our food in the UK. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. As a thank you for your time and participation, you have the option to be entered into a prize draw at the end of the survey by submitting your email address. This is to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 £20 Amazon vouchers.
If the link to the survey is not working, please copy and paste the link into the browser.
Please feel free to forward this onto others who are interested in participating in this survey. Alternatively, you can pass on the research team details if they would like to contact us directly:
(Milly Clover, Survey Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Many thanks in advance,
PhD Student in Sustainable Food Systems
Horizon CDT 2021 Cohort
post by James Williams (2020 cohort)
Hi everyone. I am currently a second-year PhD candidate at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute and the Horizon Centre for Doctoral training. My research investigates leisure walking experiences curated using user engagement. The research has the industry partner of the Ordnance Survey.
I am recruiting for a study around the East Midlands (even if outside of this please get in contact) for a think-aloud walking study, where participants will be temporarily provided with a GoPro and asked to think aloud during a walk. The walks should be between 30 minutes – 1 hour and agreed before the day.
Participants should be over the age of 18, and able to complete a walk of this length.
More details on this project can be found on this sheet.
Please get in contact with me at James.Williams@Nottingham.ac.uk if you would like to request more information or request a study interest document.
And feel free to share this study with your network!
post by Marie Dilworth (2017 cohort)
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to wear a t-shirt that measured your emotions and your mood?
One day this might be a reality!
We are running an online survey to understand what people think about emotion-tracking smart clothing.
We would love to know what you think about the idea.
If you can it will take 10-15 minutes to fill out this survey to support PhD Research.
This research is being run by:
- University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science and
- Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Mental Health Technology
Thank you for giving your time to support mental health technology research!
School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham
post by Cecily Pepper (2019 cohort)
Hello everybody, I’m Cecily from the CDT 2019 cohort. As part of my PhD research, I’m exploring how social media affects the mental well-being of young people, with a specific focus on our sense of self. I am recruiting and interested in hearing thoughts from all young people, but I am particularly interested in hearing from looked-after young people. I am also interested in hearing thoughts from social care professionals on this research topic.
For my PhD, I am conducting three studies, two of which are with young people and one with social care professionals. These will be informal, online discussions that explore the effects of social media on our sense of self, existing policies surrounding social media, young people and mental health, and how lockdown may have impacted upon young people’s social media use and mental health. I hope that the results of the studies will offer young people the opportunity to share their voice on this topic and the results may potentially have implications for future policies and social media design.
For more information on how to get involved in the research,
please see my webpage: cecilypepper.co.uk
or contact me at Cecily.Pepper@nottingham.ac.uk
Please share this with anyone you feel might be interested in taking part.
Rebecca Gibson (2019 cohort) is currently recruiting for the Nostalgic Gifting study:
What is the study for?
We are interested in exploring nostalgia within hybrid gift-giving. Hybrid gifting in this case is a physical gift which includes a digital aspect. We are looking to recruit pairs of participants, with one participant being the gift-giver and one being the recipient.
What would I have to do?
- Create a gift online.
- Upload a photograph to accompany your gift.
- Take part in a 30-minute interview.
- Reflect upon your experience.
- Receive a gift!
- Take part in a 30-minute interview.
- Reflect upon your experiences.
- The study is entirely online.
- Gift-givers will use a website to create the gift.
- Photographs will be attached digitally to the gift.
- Gifts will be posted to recipient’s home address.
- 18 years or over.
- You do not have any severe food allergies or dietary requirements.
- You own a smart phone and have access to the internet.
- You are based in the UK.
What do I get?
- Gift-givers get to create a gift for loved one!
- Recipient will get to receive a gift.
- Contribution to an emerging gifting paradigm.
- Send the person you wish to give a gift to this information/ask them to see if they would be interested.
- If yes, then email Rebecca making sure to copy your selected recipient in.
- The recipient will then be sent a screening form to check for any allergies and to ensure they are safe to receive post.
- If they pass the screening form and you are both happy to take part in the study then you will be sent consent forms.
- The recipient will then provide us with shipping details.
- The gift-giver will then receive a link to create the gift online.
- The gift will then be shipped to the recipient.
- The gift will arrive!
- The gift-giver will be interviewed.
- The recipient will be interviewed.
If you have any questions about the study, please contact:
PhD student Stanislaw Piasecki (2018 Cohort) is looking at the legal aspects of the use of smart devices by vulnerable people. Stan is currently recruiting participants to take part in an interview-based study.
post by Stanislaw Piasecki (2018 cohort)
I am a third year PhD student at the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (University of Nottingham). In my thesis, I am analysing how data protection law works in theory and in practice when vulnerable people use smart home devices. For this reason, I am looking to interview (for no more than 30 minutes), persons working on data protection law compliance issues in a smart home context. This could be people designing such devices, advising organisations or thinking about the challenges.
The interviews will be turned into a report, which I could send to the interviewee once I have finished my analysis. Hopefully, my findings will support data protection law compliance efforts. If requested in the consent form, all data provided during the interview will be anonymised before any publication.
My contact details are: email@example.com
I will be grateful for any suggestions.
Horizon CDT PhD student Mel Wilson (2018 cohort) has recently launched an online survey to look at Children & Young People’s (CYP) contact with family, friends and social networks during the pandemic.
post by Mel Wilson
For nearly a year we have all been under greater stress due to the restrictions and changes to our lives as a result of the measures in place nationally and globally to limit the effects of Covid-19.
But what has that meant for children and young people?
I was previously researching resilience and vulnerability in school settings but these changes have meant, like many of those addressing the needs of children and young people, that access to those groups has been limited.
My studies have shifted to researching the effects of the last year on the resilience and vulnerabilities of children and young people.
Please share and ask your CYP to complete the following if they can:
Children & Young People’s contact with family, friends and social networks during the pandemic
Primary-age students survey
Secondary-age students survey
I currently have 3 studies running and am actively seeking further participants, children, young people and adults. Please see www.melaniewilson.uk for more details and links to contribute to these studies.