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School of the Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences recognises the importance of participatory research with lived experience partners. Engaging equitably with end users to co-develop research proposals lays the groundwork for more meaningful research outcomes.

We were pleased to organise a number of meetings and workshops with lived experience participants. In June 2023, the Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour Research Theme organised a workshop on 'Lived Experience and Co-production of Research', a training event for scientists to consider how to engage with partners with lived experience of clinical conditions as part of their research programmes.

The workshop included talks from Patient and Public Involvement Leads from Cancer research UK and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundations Trust and an engaging discussion with four panel members with lived experience of clinical conditions.


Panel discussion, 'Lived Experience and Co-production of Research. Illustration by Alex Cagan


Participatory Research Support Fund

In 2023, we launched a new fund to enable our researchers to engage equitably with lived experience participants upstream of funding. The fund is open to all researchers in the School on a rolling basis. Members of the School can find out more on the School Information Hub.