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Brunel Older People's Reference Group

Brunel Older People’s Reference Group (BORG) is a database of local people aged over 50 who are interested in Brunel and the research that goes on here.  The group was set up in 2009 when researchers with a special interest in ageing wanted to raise the profile of our ageing studies group.  We visited local community groups to present some of the exciting cutting edge research into ageing that takes place at Brunel.  We also held a community research fair, taking over the indoor market in a shopping centre in Uxbridge with stalls presenting different ageing research groups and activities.

Older people who sign up to the BORG group are sent invitations for public lectures and events and will also receive invitations to help with research projects.  BORG members have no obligation to take part in anything but they can respond to any of the invitations that interest them. A maximum of one mailing per month is sent out.

Contacting BORG

Instructions for Academics and Researchers (Staff or Student) wishing to send invitations to BORG members. 

  1. Any student wishing to use the BORG resource must first agree the suitability of using BORG for their project with their academic supervisor. The supervisor is responsible for checking the BORG application before submission.
  2. For research participation invitations, researchers must apply for, and receive, ethical approval through their College.
  3. Once ethics has been confirmed, the researcher should send the following documents to  Eleanor.van.den.Heuvel@brunel.ac.uk, copied to anna.liddle@brunel.ac.uk:
  • A copy of the Ethics form submitted to the Committee
  • The Ethics approval confirmation letter
  • Risk assessment
  • A completed proforma with the core information about the proposed research being sent to BORG members (found here)

NB. This proforma is an invitation for BORG members to participate in the research and should describe the activity to be carried out and the reason for the research. Requests that are incomplete or are unclear will be returned for amending. If there are any queries, the lead academic for BORG will contact the student and their supervisor directly.

  • It should include the researcher’s name and contact detail both email and phone number.
  • For students contact details of their supervisor should be included. 
  • All correspondence sent to the BORG should be in a clear font (eg: Arial) and preferably using a font size of 14 (no smaller than 12)

4.    The Lead academic will then confirm if the mailing can be sent to the BORG and forward the final document(s) to Eleanor van den Heuvel and Anna Liddle for inclusion in the next mailing.

Timetable for mailing BORG

Submission Date


Mail Out Date


Monday 5th September 2016  (due to August Bank Holiday)  


Monday 12th September 2016    


Monday 26th September 2016


Monday 3rd October 2016


Monday 31st October 2016   


Monday 7th November 2016    


Monday 28th November 2016   


Monday 5th December 2016    


No January mailing


30th January 2017


6th February 2017


27th February 2017   


6th March 2017   

You are advised to submit your documents in good time in case there are any issues. If the deadline for receipt of the final, approved invitation is missed it will be kept and sent out the following month. All discussions about ethics and research design need to take place with your supervisor(s)/PI prior to this application; this process is simply for including your research invitation in a mailing.

Registration of Interest Form

Download the form here.