How can I become a Researcher?

There are several ways to engage in research as a researcher you can either work on a large scale study or you can develop your own research study.

Work on a large scale project

If you interested in becoming involved in a larger research project within the trust or a study you have heard about, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We currently have more than 90 research studies open and many of these are large scale and are dependent on staff involvement.


Developing your own project

If you are interested in developing your own research project please get in touch. Below is a basic overview of the constituent parts of a research project protocol. The information below can be used to start developing your research ideas into a more formal research protocol.

Develop a research question:
The first step is to have a question. Isaac Asimov said that the most important phrase in scientific research is not ‘eureka’ but, ‘hmm… that’s interesting.’
For example, Edward Jenner wondered why milkmaids didn’t get smallpox.

Form a hypothesis:
Once you have a question you can develop a hypothesis (what you think is happening).
Edward Jenner thought that cowpox somehow stopped smallpox.

Develop a methodology:
Once you have a hypothesis you can think about how you would test it (try to disprove your hypothesis).
Jenner decided to infect a participant with cowpox, then try to infect them with smallpox. If the participant got smallpox his hypothesis would be proven wrong.

Measures to be taken:
Once you have a test in mind you can think what you want to measure to ascertain success or failure.
For Jenner, did the participant get smallpox after exposure?

Potential outcomes:
What would it mean if you are correct?
For Jenner, if cowpox (a relatively mild disease) can prevent smallpox (a serious disease), we can infect people with cowpox to prevent them getting smallpox and save millions of lives.

Research Tools & Techniques