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Influence Research as a member of the 2017/18 Voice North Research Support Group

An opportunity to take part in a monthly meeting to assist researchers with their projects and applications

  • Thursday 10th August 2017 17:00 (1 day)
  • Public/Patient Representative
  • Influence

The date shown above is the deadline for applications and not the date of a meeting.


The Voice North Research Support Group is made up of up to 20 'Research Active Citizens', that is anyone with an interest in getting involved with research and willing to work together to help improve research ideas. 

The aim of the Research Support Group is to aid researchers, providing valuable insights from the early stages of generating project ideas to helping shape how a research project is carried out.

Volunteer Criteria

Members of the Research Support Group must:

  • be willing to listen to researchers and other members and give your advice/feedback in a group setting
  • be able to make most meetings on the first Wednesday of each month from September 2017 - July 2018 - though don't worry if there a couple you aren't available for

What will I be asked to do?

The group will meet up to 4 researchers over the course of the morning. The researchers will give the group an idea of the work they're involved with and will ask for feedback on specific points or questions. 

The number of researchers will vary each month.

By involving members of the public with a wealth of life experience, researchers gain a valuable lay perspective on their work and are often able to use the feedback gained to improve their projects.

We always aim to send out details of which researchers will be speaking at each meeting in advance and also provide feedback after the meetings to let group members know how their input has been used. Documents and feedback will be uploaded to the RSG group page on the Voice North website.

The Research Support Group Terms of reference are available to view here.

When & where?

The Research Support Group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from September 2017 - July 2018.

The meetings will take place at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality in Newcastle.

Meetings are usually 10:30-12:45 with a break half way through. Some meetings may finish earlier depending on the number of researchers meeting with the group.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Refreshments will be provided at each meeting and reasonable travel expenses will be covered for attendance at meetings.


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

Influence Research as a member of the 2017/18 Voice North Research Support Group Discussion

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  • Ian Armstrong
    4th August 2017

    A good opportunity to meet other like-minded people. I have been T1 diabetic since England won the world cup & would NOT be here but for the NHS. If I can help I will.

  • Sandi Rickerby
    4th August 2017

    I am already a member of this group and would love to continue. I find the research presentations extremely interesting and stimulating and feel I still have a lot to contribute.

    Research is an important part of my life, I've recently led and completed research projects and presented the results at national and international conferences. I am also a volunteer in control groups for ongoing research projects and I've just become a Regional Research Ambassador for the U3A.

  • Ian Fairclough
    2nd August 2017

    Three years PPI involvement in Teaching and research.

    "Simulated patient" with various North East universities mainly Newcastle & Sunderland.

    Volunteer with Voice North at Newcastle University.

    Previous member of The R.S.G.

    Member of Organising GP Care in Care Homes.

    Participant Volunteer in student teaching & research.

    Handicapped by not being "politically correct" or understanding "corporate speak."

    Unable to do "original thought" but can analyse complex documents and provide "lay" summaries.

    I like working with students and researchers.

    Why would I like to take part? Because it is interesting, stimulating, thought proving and FUN.

  • Jack Massey
    13th July 2017

    I worked in the city as a Head of English and have been involved as an organiser in NCBF since its inception, also with Seven Stories. I write book reviews for a national magazine and still volunteer for work with Marie Curie and other charities. I am a Patient Participation Group member at my GP Practice and organised the group fighting for its survival- successfully. I have worked for Healthwatch and am a member of the Care Homes Interest Group. I like finding solutions and improving things.