Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

At the core of all the School's research, are patients and the public, and we have a Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) team who support and develop all PPIE activities for the School. We have over 130 lay members sitting on our Research User Group (RUG), who help us to develop our research questions, design our research, and provide invaluable advice on how we can implement our research into practice. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to find out more, then please email or call 01782 734844. 

To request expertise and support in implementation, knowledge mobilisation and patient and public involvement and engagement, please click on this link.

Listening to the patient voice

Research carried out at Keele University is focussed on improving the health and well-being of anyone affected by physical or mental health conditions. We think it is vital that we listen to the very people who live with these conditions on a daily basis in order to produce the very best research evidence possible. All our patients, carers and members of the public who have experience of these conditions are very welcome to join our rapidly expanding advisory group - the Research User Group (RUG).

Our Research User Group was set up in 2006, with over 130 members who have experiences of long-term conditions or are carers or close relatives of someone with a long-term condition. Our members are working across over 60 research projects, which includes:

  • ‌Giving advice on research design
  • Reading and giving feedback on research materials (e.g. questionnaires, letters to patients, consents forms)
  • Commenting on research proposals
  • Membership of project steering committees
  • Co-applicants on grant submissions

PPIE is about building partnerships that give patients and the public a say in the research that we do. We support our researchers with how to engage, inform and include audiences in research to ensure a research culture with active patient and public involvement. 

We have a dedicated team who will work with alongside our RUG members and our academics to ensure that our RUG members' needs are met and questions are answered. 

The team have developed a number of guides to help and support the involvement of our RUG members in research studies. The guides provide an introduction to a large range of research processes and methods and are freely available for you to use.