The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) Public Involvement in Research Group (PIRG) aims to support the development and delivery of high quality research. The group will provide a forum to enable researchers to engage and listen to the public and for the public to directly support, challenge and participate in the design and delivery of research.

What we hope to achieve?

The PIRG will consist of between 12 and 16 members who will meet virtually or face to face and regularly review  ongoing  research, new applications for grants and the development of new ideas and products that aim to help people to move more and improve wellbeing. The PIRG can contribute to any and all stages of the research cycle and improve the quality of AWRC research.

For researchers: It will be a source of help and advice from the public who will gain experience in reading and evaluating lay summaries and commenting on the opportunities and methods of recruitment. In addition, researchers may want to seek  public involvement before and after research funding application submission and during the life of a research project.

For the public: Members of the PIRG will be offered training and induction and a co-ordinator will support participation and co-ordinate feedback from individuals and group discussions. The contribution is voluntary but participation is highly valued and travel and subsistence will be paid.

Members do not need any qualifications or any knowledge of research. A willingness to participate in discussions and provide views is all that is required. All members will be offered training and support to understand more about their role in the PIRG, what research is and why we do it and what the AWRC is and aims to do.

Why do we need this group?

Public involvement is a valuable and essential part of the way research is prioritised, designed, run and shared. Public involvement is seen as a way to improve the quality and running of research projects, inform the exchange of knowledge between researchers and practice, and drive the translation of research and its positive impact on people beyond the academic community. It will also be key for making sure that the patient and public voice is included in all aspects of research undertaken at the AWRC.

What will the group do?

The PIRG seeks to ensure that any public involvement is meaningful and improves the quality of our research. The PIRG will offer the public a direct method to support, challenge and participate in the design and delivery of research.
The process of reviewing research is as follows;
1. Researcher will submit a request for review of research by the PIRG to the co-ordinator
2. The co-ordinator will ask the researcher to provide a lay summary of the study and to identify key issues and questions for comment by the PIRG
3. The co-ordinator will collate all the requests and send them to PIRG members before the meeting for pre reading
4. The PIRG members will read and think about the studies before a meeting
5. The PIRG meeting will take place at AWRC or virtually/ on-line and each
6. researcher will present their work in brief and receive face to face feedback
7. The notes of the feedback and suggestions will be collated and sent to the researcher.

What we would like from PIRG members?

  1. Regular attendance at virtual or face to face meetings – three or four times a year
  2. Read and consider a number of research proposals and feedback your ideas

What we offer to PIRG members

  • Reimbursement of travel costs to the AWRC
  • Refreshments and lunch during meetings
  • Full induction and training to support your involvement
  • Materials and continued contact to support your participation

If you are interested in being involved in this group, please complete the expression of interest form here and someone from the PIRG coordination team will contact you to provide more information and answer any queries you may have.