We are starting work on a research study looking at how changes to the alcohol duty (tax) system in the UK affect people’s alcohol consumption and health.

We are looking for people to join our public involvement group and play an active role in shaping the study. You will do this by taking part in a range of activities such as attending online meetings, providing written feedback on documents and surveys, and helping us share the findings of the study.

Time commitment

We will ask you to take part in different activities for around ten hours a year until 31 December 2026. Most of the activities will be carried out online but there may be opportunities to take part in face-to-face events.


You will receive £25 in Love2Shop vouchers for each hour that you take part, plus travel and other expenses where necessary. The Expenses and Reimbursement Policy provides further information.


Adults aged 18+ from England, Scotland or Wales can join the group. You do not need to have any qualifications or any knowledge of science or research.

People who have personal or professional links with the alcohol industry, including current employment in the hospitality trade, or with alcohol companies (e.g. AB InBev, Heineken, Carlsberg, Diageo) will not be able to join the public involvement group.

How to sign up

If you are interested in joining the public involvement group, please complete this short expression of interest form.

If you have any questions, please contact the group lead Rachel O’Donnell.

How we use your information

The information you give us will be handled in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that your information will be treated as confidential.

We will store your details in a secure password protected computer database, which will be stored on a secure computer drive that will only be accessible to members of the research team and the Group Facilitator, Grahame Reid.

Researchers will collect, store and use the data you have supplied for the involvement group only. All identifying details you have supplied will be destroyed when you are no longer part of the group.

Further information about how we process your data is included in the University of Sheffield’s Division of Population Health’s Information Governance Policy, which complies with the GDPR.

The research team

The study is being carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield, the University of Stirling and University College London (UCL).

Dr Rachel O’Donnell from the University of Stirling is setting up the public involvement group alongside researchers from the University of Sheffield and an experienced public contributor, Grahame Reid.

Further information

You can find out more by reading the following documents:

Download: Involvement Group Information Sheet (PDF)
Download: Expenses and Reimbursement Policy (PDF)
Download: Privacy Notice (PDF)
Download: Terms of Reference (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact us.