School of Psychology

Recruiting participants for your student project

Find out ways to recruit participants for your student project.

Recruiting for your student project is organised via the Psychology office. For full details, you should contact Pennie Ingram.

When you begin your project, you will be emailed with detailed information on how to advertise your study and what incentives you can offer. This page provides a brief description of ways you can recruit participants.

Third-year projects

Third year students may advertise for research participants in the following ways:

  • Via mailing list. To do this, send your advertisement to the mailing address, explaining what it is about, how long it will take, and what reward you are offering. There are restrictions on using the mailing list depending on the incentive being offered.
  • Flyering or putting up posters around campus.
  • Study swapping, where you take part in a friend's study and they take part in yours.
  • Asking at the end of classes (with permission from the tutor or lecturer).
  • For online studies: by setting up an account on a site like Prolific and offering a small amount of money per participant.
  • In exceptional circumstances, third-years may recruit by using the Sona system. This is usually only allowed if their project is part of an existing project being run by their supervisor (i.e. they will be gathering some of the data and analysing it, but it "belongs" to the wider existing project). In this case, the supervisor should contact the Sona admin team with details on who the student is and to confirm they are entitled to an account.

 

Master's projects

Master's students may advertise for research participants in the following ways:

  • Via mailing list. To do this, send your advertisement to the mailing address, explaining what it is about, how long it will take, and what reward you are offering.
  • By flyering or putting up posters around campus.
  • By study swapping, where you take part in a friend's study and they take part in yours.
  • Asking at the end of classes (with permission from the tutor or lecturer).
  • For online studies: by setting up an account on a site like Prolific and offering a small amount of money per participant.
  • In exceptional circumstances, master's students may recruit by using the Sona system. This is usually only allowed if their project is part of an existing project being run by their supervisor (i.e. they will be gathering some of the data and analysing it, but it "belongs" to the wider existing project). In this case, the supervisor should contact the Sona admin team with details on who the student is and to confirm they are entitled to an account.