Paid Volunteers - Consumer Testing and Nutrition Studies
We are always looking for volunteers from Leatherhead and the surrounding area to assist us with food testing, consumer analysis, and nutrition studies.
The majority of studies are undertaken at Leatherhead Food Research, a short walk from Leatherhead railway station. We have free parking on site, and a location map can be downloaded here.
The studies range from eating and giving feedback on various food and drink products to assessing the impact of certain foods on appetite. They are carried out within a relaxed and friendly environment, and participation usually requires no more than a few hours' commitment.
To participate in the studies, please register below. You will need to register separately for the nutrition and consumer studies as they link to different systems. Once registered, your details will be kept on our confidential volunteer databases, which are only accessible by our nutrition or consumer research staff.
The nutrition and consumer studies have specific exclusion and inclusion criteria and our researchers will decide whether or not you may be suitable to participate in a particular study. If approached, you just need to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
Consumer Testing - SenseReach™
Consumer Testing in Leatherhead, Surrey
Testing of food and drink products is the main type of consumer testing we undertake at Leatherhead Food Research. Sessions take place on-site in Leatherhead across weekdays, evenings and some weekends. Anyone can sign up from Leatherhead and the surrounding area, although you do need to be aged 16 years and over. All volunteers are paid for their time when studies are conducted at our site in Leatherhead. The amount paid varies depending on the study.
Follow the link to register for SenseReach™ Consumer Testing in Leatherhead, then click on the ‘Click here to apply’ button. Once registered, you will be sent a questionnaire to collect information such as where you shop, the products that you buy, etc. Please complete this questionnaire in order to receive invitations for participating in upcoming trials.
Home Trials – Test products for free
We also undertake non-food product studies as home trials. Whilst volunteers are not paid to undertake home trials, you do get to keep the products that you test for free. Anyone can sign up for these trials, providing that you have access to a computer and internet connection and are aged 16 years and over. Testing is not limited to the Leatherhead area – we are particularly looking for people to undertake home trials from across the UK, France and the USA.
Follow the link to register for SenseReach™ Home Trials, then click on the ‘Click here to apply’ button. Again, once registered, you will be sent a questionnaire to collect information such as where you shop, the products that you buy, etc. Please complete this questionnaire in order to receive invitations for participating in upcoming trials.
Leatherhead's Nutrition department runs a variety of human nutrition studies, which require volunteers aged 18 years and over. The level of commitment varies between studies, as do the criteria for volunteer recruitment. All study protocols are submitted to an independent research ethics committee for approval, and we conduct our studies according to guidelines for good clinical practice. Participation in our studies is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time.
Previous studies have involved:
Following a weight loss plan for four months
Attending four six hour visits, consuming foods and completing regular questionnaires on appetite
Fasting overnight in order to take part in our glycaemic index testing studies, twice a week over several weeks
Some, but not all studies, involve providing at least one blood sample over the course of the study. You will be provided with any information or results obtained relating to yourself. You will receive an honorarium payment to compensate you for your time and travel costs.
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Leatherhead Food Research is a trading name of Leatherhead Food International Limited. Registered in England No. 3420548.
Registered office at Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7RY. Tel: +44 (0)1372 376761