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Clinical Science research proposals feedback

Clinical Science research proposals feedback

Overview

Provide feedback and advice to students on how to write their research proposal as a lay summary.

  • Multiple Dates
  • 2-4 hours
  • One to one discussion
  • Influence

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Aim

Clinical Science students are preparing their dissertation proposals, part of which is a lay summary. 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 session 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.

Volunteer Criteria

Volunteers can be any age. There are no specific skills required. Volunteers will need to be able to take on board the information about the student's dissertation (although this should be communicated by the student in understandable language) and respond to help the student identify how to write their lay summaries.

We will need one volunteer per feedback session.

What will I be asked to do?

VOICE volunteers are invited to attend one (or more if they would like) of the sessions for student feedback listed in the “where and when” section.

The volunteers will have 10 minute slots with each student in the session.

Each student will explain their proposed dissertation in a way they think is understandable to a lay audience (or they may come with a written draft and explain it), then the volunteer will have an opportunity to give feedback on how understandable the summary was and advise on how to improve it. The discussion is intended to be informal - with the intention that by having to explain their project to the volunteer in accessible language will help the student realise which jargon to avoid and what level to pitch the summary at.

When and where?

This opportunity will be face-to-face (unless government restrictions change).

The sessions will be held at the Newcastle University Medical School.

  • Wednesday 16th February 2022: 13:30-15:30
  • Thursday 24th February 2022: 09:00-12:00
  • Thursday 24th February 2022: 12:30-17:00

Please select the date(s) you would like to take part on when registering your interest in taking part.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Refreshments will be provided.

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.

Location

Newcastle University Medical School
Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4HH

Newcastle University

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Clinical Science research proposals feedback Discussion

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Rosemary Nicholls

Rosemary Nicholls

1 day ago

I'm very happy to sign up if the sessions are online. I don't feel it's worth travelling a long way in these Covid times for a 10 minute face to face discussion per student.

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Ianeon

Ianeon

6 days ago

What goes around comes around.

VOICENorth/VOICE members are very good at assessing Lay Summaries - they are experts at helping students/researchers on this subject.

There is a housing association (Home Group) that uses volunteer members of the public to assess documents for suitability before publishing them.                 But they call this "KISSing" the document, and yes! KISS stands for "Keep It Simple & Straightforward" but employees modified this to read "Keep It Simple Stupid."

VOICE has helped produce videos & leaflets which illustrate the good and bad points of lay summaries – these should be watched.                                            Mr Google has more than one hundred thousand entries about “lay summaries” so the information is out there.

On a personal level, you say “The volunteers will have 10-minute slots with each student in the session”  - I don’t think that is long enough – I think this should be extended to 30 minutes at least + I like the idea of a “written draft” only if it can be taken away, studied and commented on.

Thank you.

 

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