SPIT Project Recruitment at Ulster University

The Student Psychological Intervention Trial (SPIT), is a project being conducted at Ulster University as part of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative.

Outline of Activity

We would like student volunteers to help with the recruitment of first year undergraduate students during Welcome Week, the Freshers Fayre and the first few weeks in semester 1. This will involve obtaining written consent, collecting saliva samples and providing further information about the project to participants, and a link to the online survey. There will also be opportunities to help promote the study throughout the year, in conjunction with the Students Union and Student Wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

  • All those involved in recruitment of participants will receive Human Tissue Act (HTA) training (28th August, Magee campus). General training will also be provided into the research process for this type of study, including ethical requirements.
  • Students will gain experience in recruiting participants for large scale research projects and in promoting research studies, thorough social media and other outlets, engaging with a range of people involved in the study.
  • Intellectual Properties - From the experience, reflect on and assimilate information to help inform future career planning.
  • Professional/Practical Skills - Reflect on and improve own learning and performance.
  • Transferable Skills - Evidence communication and problem-solving skills.

Assessment Details

EDGE participants will keep a logbook and write up a report on their activities related to the research project, including details on training provided, their involvement and thoughts on the activity, and details on how they helped promote the study, thereby increasing participation and engagement. Before training and recruitment, they will fill in a logbook, providing information on themselves and their role in the project; this will include information on how they expect to meet the learning objectives, including team work, problem solving, decision making and communication skills. Throughout the project they will keep a volunteer record detailing their hours and the activities that they were involved in as part of their role. After the event, students will reflect on their experience with directed questions to include:

1) What were the highlights of your volunteer experience. What opportunities, if any, arose?

2) What challenges did you face in the role? On reflection, are there any actions you would take, or do differently, if you were to do the role again?

3) What challenges did you face during the role and how did you overcome them?

4) How does this relate to your personal interest and future employment and education interests?

Level of Commitment

Students undertaking the Edge Award will be required to attend HTA training on 28th August at the Magee campus, (if they haven't attended HTA training within the last 3 years). They will help recruit student participants across the 4 UU campuses from Monday 16th to Friday 20th September 2019. UU lecturers will oversee the recruitment on all campuses, assisted by PhD students. Students undertaking the Edge Award will be expected to attend the campus of their choice at least 2 days during this week, and/or help out with recruitment at the Fresher Fayres. There will also be opportunities during semester 1 to help promote the study. Training, recruitment and logbook completion will take a minimum of 20 hours commitment

Related Staff

Dr Elaine Murray

Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Mental Health)
School of Biomedical Sciences
+44 28 7167 5667

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