Clinical Science research proposals: 1-1 discussion with students improving their lay summaries
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The aim is to provide an opportunity for students to gain feedback on their lay summaries of their dissertation research proposal.
VOICE members will provide feedback to students on their initial ideas of how to write their proposal for their dissertation into a lay summary. This will contribute to their Master's degree, but will also form part of any Research Ethics Committee approvals they have to obtain to go ahead with their project. Students typically find it difficult to write their summaries in appropriate, accessible language, so this feedback will be very helpful for them to garner their ideas, as well as reflect on and develop their skills in communicating their ideas to the public.
Volunteers can be any age. Volunteers will need access to a computer to receive draft lay summaries in advance of the in-person sessions. For the follow up 1-to-1 sessions, volunteers will need to be able to attend an in-person session to discuss with the students how they might be able to improve their lay summary.
What will I be asked to do?
VOICE volunteers are invited to attend one of the 1-to-1 (in-person) sessions for student feedback listed in the “where and when” section. Volunteers will be provided with the written lay summaries (max 300 words each) from all the students allocated to that session one week in advance and will need to have read and considered the lay summaries in advance of the session.
The volunteers will have 10 minute slots with each student in the session in which to discuss with the student how understandable they felt the summary was and how it might be improved. The discussion is intended to be informal.
When and where?
This opportunity will be face-to-face.
The sessions will be held at the Newcastle University Medical School.
Wednesday 15th February 2023: 12:30-16:00 (17 students, chaired by Robyn Cooke)
Thursday 23rd February 2023: 09:00-11:40 (14 students, chaired by Gemma Roberts)
Thursday 23rd February 2022: 12:30-17:30 (28 students, chaired by Gemma Roberts)*
*this session can be split in two if this would comprise too many students.
We will need one volunteer per feedback session.
Volunteers should meet Robyn/Gemma at the main entrance to the Medical School at Newcastle University, who will show them to the venue.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Volunteers will have the opportunity to hear about the exciting research these talented Clinical Scientists are undertaking as part of their Masters’ degrees. These Clinical Scientists work in hospitals in many areas including cardiology, vascular medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, urology, radiology (e.g., x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine), radiotherapy and radiation safety.
Refreshments will be provided. Unfortunately no travel costs can be provided.
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