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Citizen Involvement Matters

This is an opportunity to provide feedback on research project ideas and other queries about citizen involvement as part of an online course.

  • Monday 5th March 2018 10:30 (1 hour)
  • Workshop
  • Influence

The Citizen Involvement Matters MOOC (mass open online course) will demonstrate how engaged, informed and empowered citizens can drive research and innovation agenda as equal partners. It is aimed primarily at students, researchers and research administrators, though will be open to all. Modules will include: practical tips for planning a citizen involvement event, digital methods to strengthen involvement, tools to overcome common barriers to involvement and evidence of how research and citizen partnerships provide both practical and valuable routes to impact. By adopting the Voice model of citizen involvement and engagement, learners will be able to realise the benefits of meaningful involvement and engagement of citizens to identify research priorities and inform key areas of innovation.

This MOOC is a collaboration between Voice, Newcastle University, The National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the Wellcome Trust and EIT Health.


One section of the course provides learners with the opportunity to discuss any queries they may have about citizen involvement, or more specific questions about their research.

We would like VOICE members to help monitor this discussion and engage in a live support group by answering any queries and questions.

The course aims to demonstrate the immense value of citizen involvement in research, therefore we expect that learners – primarily researcher administrators, researchers and students – will have numerous questions for citizens themselves which we hope you can support them with. We know that having a live discussion between citizens and learners will be of huge value to those who are keen to develop the knowledge and skills required to involve citizens in research well.

Volunteer Criteria

Any VOICE member can take part.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to attend an introductory meeting to explain the details further.

You will then be required to sign into the course, at a date and time specified, during the week commencing 12th March 2018 and answer any queries which may have been posted.

When & where?

The introductory meeting will take place on Monday 5th March, 10:30-11:30 at the Biomedical Research Building, CAV.

For responding to questions on the course you will need to be available for 2 hours between 9am-6pm during the week commencing 12th March. You can do this from anywhere you have access to a computer.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Travel expenses will be reimbursed for travel to the introductory meeting and you will receive a voucher for taking part.


  • Second Floor Biomedical Research Building
  • Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE4 5PL

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