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Involving and engaging citizens in research

This is an opportunity to support the development of a course exploring the immense value of citizen involvement and engagement in research.

  • Monday 23rd October 2017 10:00 (3 hours, 30 mins)
  • Workshop
  • Influence


This 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 Wellcome Trust and EIT Health. This FREE online course has a duration of three weeks, averaging two hours per week. 

Volunteer Criteria

Anyone can take part in this opportunity but we are particularly interested in hearing from:

  • members with experience of teaching
  • members who have previously done a MOOC
  • members who have previously developed training

What will I be asked to do?

You will be required to attend 3 project meetings to support the development of the course content by sharing your views and experience of participating in research and innovation projects as a Voice North member.

In the meetings you will assess the existing course material and contribute further content, where necessary.

When & where?

The meetings will take place on:

Monday 23rd October - 10:00-13:30

Monday 13th November - 10:00-13:30

Monday 27th November - 10:00-13:30

They will be held at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Participants will receive a £30 voucher per meeting.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch and refreshments will be provided.


  • 2nd Floor Biomedical Research Building
  • Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE4 5PL


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  • Tina Massey
    11th October 2017

    I have substantial teaching experience at HoD level which involved training members of my department in curricular, assessment and reporting changes .

    I have also been a volunteer tutor for adult literacy.

    I enjoy helping people to understand how to do something new and the feelings of empowerment and enhanced self esteem resulting from this.