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Taking part in research

Share your experiences and stories, your feelings and emotions, and help researchers increase society’s understanding of the effects of coronavirus, and the unprecedented measures facing the population as a whole.


Why take part in research?

If you are looking for new things to do while spending more time at home, taking part in research might be something to consider.

On this page, you'll find information about studies run by research institutions. Age UK has no direct or indirect involvement with these projects.

Before signing up to take part in these studies please note:

  • as a research participant, you do not have to take part in any studies; you can refuse to answer any questions or take part in any activities that are not appropriate for you or withdraw from the study at any time, and you don’t have to give any explanation for withdrawing
  • as a research participant you should not be required to provide any personal identifiable and financial details.

If you have questions about the studies and how to participate, contact the individual study lead, whose contact details are provided with the study details.


Covid-19 Study on Mental Health – University College London

This study can only be completed online and is open to everyone.

The study will be looking at psychological and social experiences during this period of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). It will inform understanding about the effects of social isolation measures on people's mental health.

This study will involve answering a 15 minute survey at the beginning and then answering a shorter 10 minute follow-up survey once a week while social distancing measures are in place.

For further information and to register your interest to participate please visit www.covid19study.org

If you have questions please contact that study team at covid19-study@ucl.ac.uk

Register your interest


Mass observation – University of Sussex

This study can be completed online and is open to everyone.

The study is capturing the experiences of everyday life. It involves writing a diary of the day of 12 May 2020, and can include anything and everything from what you do on that day, what you talk about, what you eat and drink, what you buy or sell, what you are working on, the places you visit, the people you meet, the things you read, see and hear around you, how you are feeling and, of course, what you yourself think.

For further information on the study and how to participate visit www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may

If you  have questions please contact the study team at moa@sussex.ac.uk

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Getting quality and trustworthy information on coronavirus – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

This study can only be completed online and is open to everyone. 

The study will be looking to understand how people find information about the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and what they think about this information. It will also seek to learn about the effects the outbreak and how people are coping in these difficult times. The study findings will help develop ways to improve information for the public during the pandemic and will help plan support for those who are finding things hard at the moment. The results of the survey will be put on a live website, and you'll be able to see some of the results as soon as the study team has them.

This study involves answering a 15-20 minute survey.

For further information on the study please visit http://opendatakit.lshtm.ac.uk/lshtm-edk-coronavirus-health-survey/

If you have questions please contact that study team at odk@lshtm.ac.uk

Take part in survey


COVID symptom tracker - King's College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, ZOE health science company

This study can only currently be completed by downloading an app on to a smartphone. You can report on someone else’s behalf, if they don’t have a smartphone.

The app will be used to study the symptoms of COVID-19 and track the spread of this virus. It will seek to better understand symptoms of COVID-19, understand how fast the virus is spreading in an area, identify high risk areas in the country and identify who is most at risk by better understanding symptoms linked to health conditions. In the future it also hopes to use the data to help the NHS support sick individuals. Data received is updated every day on the webpage https://covid.joinzoe.com/data

For further information on the study, including frequently asked questions, please visit https://covid.joinzoe.com

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Last updated: May 05 2020

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