Participate in our research

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To carry out our world-changing research, we need individuals to provide information about their health and other factors that can affect their lives.

Many advances in population health in the United Kingdom and beyond would not have been possible without individuals volunteering their time to advance research. If you are considering participating in a study, this page will help you understand what is involved.

What is a research study?

Our research programmes use data collected through a number of participant studies. These studies help us to learn more about a specific problem or answer a particular question. The information collected varies from study to study – typically questions might focus on the participant’s health, background or education. Once this information has been collected, it is collated and analysed by researchers in order to extract interesting and useful insight - which in turn can have a big impact on policy and practice.

Why should I take part in a research study?

While sometimes there may not be a direct benefit to you, there are many good reasons to take part in a research study. By participating, you will:

  • Help researchers understand how a specific issue influences health and wellbeing
  • Provide invaluable information that can help others in the future
  • In some studies, you will be compensated for your time (normally by shopping voucher).

What happens to my data?

We are committed to conducting responsible research and maximising the use of publicly-funded data to improve health and wellbeing. We have developed a data sharing policy for all of our studies, with the aim of making data as widely and freely available as possible to researchers, while safeguarding the privacy of participants, protecting confidential data, and maintaining the reputation of the study. The criteria and process for accessing data varies according to each study, and further information can be obtained from the researcher conducting the study. You have the right to ask us for the data we hold about you.

To find out more about data protection and privacy, visit University of Glasgow’s pages for Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statement.

Current opportunities

Project aiming to better understand men in Scotland’s experiences of food insecurity

We are currently looking for participants for a project aiming to better understand men in Scotland’s experiences of food insecurity:

  • We would like to hear from people who are:
  • Male and do not have or live with a partner
  • Aged 18-65
  • Live in Scotland

And answer yes to any of the following questions:

In the last 12 months have you:

  • Felt anxiety about having enough food at any time?
  • Been unable to eat healthy and nutritious food because of lack of money or other resources?
  • Eaten a diet based on only few kinds of foods because of lack of money or other resources?
  • Skipped a meal because there was not enough money or other resources to get food ?
  • Eaten less than you thought you should because there was not enough money or other resources?
  • Run out of food because of lack of money or other resources?
  • Felt hungry but didn’t eat because there was not enough money or other resources?
  • Went without eating for a whole day?

Taking part involves meeting twice. Once for a quick 15-20 minute meeting and a second about one to two weeks later which will last around an hour. Between these meetings you’ll be asked to take some photographs for a few days which we will then talk about in the second meeting. Participants will receive a £20 voucher as a thank you for their time.

If you would like to take part or find out more, please contact Kathryn Machray (call or text 07909872615, or email

Trans and non-binary experiences of sex

This study aims to understand more about trans and non-binary people’s emotional, sensory, social and physical experiences of sex.

As of December 2019, we have mainly interviewed trans men and trans masculine people. We are now mainly looking to interview trans women and any other trans feminine people. 

Interviews will take about 1 hour, or up to 2 hours if you have lots to say on the topic.

Find out more on the project page.

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