Current Students and Staff

// University News

17 Apr 2014

Sitting study seeks last few volunteers

A study that aims to understand the effect of desk jobs on our health needs just a handful of staff to sign up to reach its participant target.

The SHIFT study, which received an excellent sign-up response from staff when it was first advertised last month, is exploring how many hours a day we spend sitting, and what can be done about it.

Participants will be asked to make a short 20-minute lab visit where measurements including body composition, waist circumference and blood pressure will be taken, as well as a simple finger prick test. Volunteers will be required to wear two physical activity monitors over seven days, and continue with their usual day-to-day routine.

All participants will receive feedback on their measurements taken, and will be invited to take part in further phases of the study designed to reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace (though this is not compulsory).

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Veronica on 01509 226452 or email