Posted: Thu, 22/12/2016 - 17:16

At the end of October we sent out an email request to SiDE Pool members with email addresses.

We asked them to complete a survey regarding their motivations for taking part in research...

Celebration Event


We had a wonderful celebration event on Saturday  February 7th here at the School of Computing.

Over 90 people from the SiDE User Pool joined us, while our Principal Investigator, Professor Vicki Hanson, flew in from New York to take part in thanking our users for their generous volunteering in supporting the research of SiDE. Her husband Professor John Richards also came and very kindly took many many photographs. Janet Hughes,  Head of the School of Computing,  joined us to welcome everyone to the event and of course the Rector Brian Cox sent a message of support.

Twelve of our researchers returned to show their work, giving short demonstrations and talking to people. While those researchers who were too far away, and could not manage to attend, sent us messages about how much they appreciated working with users as it helped them to understand their work better.

All of our researchers came into the field of  computing because the technology appeals to them and has been the driver in their choice of career. Your contribution has been to ground them back into the real world and allow them to see the technology through your eyes.

We created a film show of 90 photographs we had taken over the last 5 years of various participants taking part in a range of research activities. We set up a room with tables for people to sit and take drinks and lunch and socialise with each other and we kept all 'speeches' to a minimum. 

It was a reflection of the esteem and a measure of the respect our researchers have for the people in the User Pool, that we had such a great turnout on a Saturday.  Below are some quotes from the people you helped in their careers:

"I can't imagine how difficult it would have been to find suitable participants for our studies of visual research had it not been for the User Pool. The enthusiasm each person brought to our (oftentimes tedious) studies was infectious. Great work by one and all! Thanks so much."

"It is vital when creating software to engage with potential users as early and often as possible or the software 'tech' you develop will be unusable and will sit on a shelf."

"It was very interesting to see how they differed from younger users and drew on their  background knowledge such as the assessment of credibility in traditional media, e.g., comparisons with reputable sources such as the NHS and BBC etc."

"We were overwhelmed by the willingness of members to take part and felt extremely lucky to gain feedback from such a diverse group of people, all offering different perspectives and having varying  experiences with technology.|"