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Study Volunteers & Body Bequest

We regularly need healthy volunteers to take part in research studies. These studies are an important part of the School’s research, and it’s hoped that they will ultimately lead to new insights into human metabolism, physiology and treatments.

All studies are approved by the Medical School’s Ethics Committee and are supervised by medically qualified staff. Inconvenience allowances are usually paid to volunteers, the amount depending on number and length of visits, and the type of interventions required. Typical interventions might include exercise tests (usually cycling or treadmill), blood samples, muscle biopsies, breath measurements, muscle strength tests, nutritional supplementation or body scans. We don’t test new drugs.

If you’re interested in taking part please email

Body donation

Bodies are used by the University to teach students about anatomy. We believe this is an important part of training the doctors and scientists of the future. If you would like to donate your body after your death, you can download more information below. Please note that bodies are not used to research specific diseases or illnesses, nor are they used for organ transplant.

  • Bequest Information Pack
  • Bequest Consent Forms
  • Human Tissue Authority Form

If you have any queries, please email
Alternatively, please call the Anatomy Office on +44 (0)115 823 0143 or the School of Life Sciences reception on +44 (0)115 823 0141.

How we will use personal data

The University of Nottingham will be the data controller responsible for looking after and processing the personal data we collect via the ‘Consent Form’. We will process this data to administer your donation request as part of the University’s public task to provide teaching, learning and research facilities, and as part of our license from the Human Tissue Authority. This data will be stored on a secure database on the University’s computer servers and will not be shared with any other organisation unless we are required to do so by law. We will keep this data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

If we are unable to accept a donation or you withdraw your donation, we will remove the data as appropriate.

You have a number of rights with respect to how we process your personal data. More information on these rights is available from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) at, and on the University website at For any queries regarding the bequest process please contact the Anatomy Office (telephone +44 (0)115 823 0143 or the School of Life Sciences reception on +44 (0)115 823 0141).

If you have concerns regarding how we deal with your data please contact the Data Protection Officer at


School of Life Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH

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