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The purpose of our panel is to give participants the chance to express their opinions on different aspects of the study, including our research plans, findings and our participant-facing materials.

The panel consists of up to fifteen participants and two members of the Million Women Study team who act as panel administrator and panel facilitator. The panel meets online annually, and communication between meetings is by email. Panel membership is reviewed every two years.

We currently have vacancies on the panel, so please read the terms of reference below and email us if you would like to join the panel.

the million women study Participant Panel Terms of Reference

purpose and role

To act as a consultative forum to provide a participant perspective on the research carried out using data from the Million Women Study and to give feedback on participant facing materials.

panel membership

The panel consists of up to 15 'Million Women Study' participants and two members of the Million Women Study team who act as panel administrator and panel facilitator.

initial panel recruitment

Million Women Study participants volunteered in response to a message sent with the paper questionnaire in 2018/19 and a message on the Million Women Study website. Panel members were selected using stratified random sampling and remaining interested participants placed on a waiting list.

membership guidelines

Membership is voluntary and panel members are recruited for a two-year term. There may be the option of renewal of membership for a further two years. Non-attendance or non-response on three consecutive occasions without apologies will result in the member being withdrawn. A panel member may withdraw at any time by writing to the panel administrator.

panel meetings

An annual panel meeting is held online via Microsoft Teams, with further contact by email on an ad hoc basis. There may be an option for a face to face meeting in Oxford, with reasonable travel expenses reimbursed. Occasionally, individual members may be co-opted to provide specific advice, as appropriate.


Minutes of the meetings are kept by the panel administrator and agreed by attendees. These minutes are sent to the study Principal Investigators. Summaries of opinions may also be included in ethics and funding applications.


Documents shared at the meetings and by email should be treated as confidential by panel members. Panel members will be made aware of our Privacy Notice which describes how we collect and use personal data and will be asked for their permission for the use of any photographs, to record meetings and to store their contact details for the purpose of participation in the participant panel. The Million Women Study is coordinated through Oxford Population Health (Nuffield Department of Population Health) at the University of Oxford and data are collected and used in accordance with the department’s Privacy Notice.

fees and expenses

As a member of the public involved in work undertaken by researchers at the University of Oxford, panel members will be offered a fee when asked to undertake a specific task, such as attending a group meeting or reviewing documents. These fees are honorarium payments, a form of reward and recognition offered for the contribution that panel members make to our work. This does not mean they have a contract of employment with the University of Oxford.

We follow the Oxford Population Health (NDPH) public participation payment policy. The fees offered will be in line with those recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care's Research’s Centre for Engagement and Dissemination. For example, currently this is £12.50 for half an hour’s activity (eg reviewing a summary and providing feedback). Members are not obliged to accept a fee that is offered. If they would prefer not to receive it, or to be offered a lower amount, they can tell the panel facilitator. Please note that receiving any form of payment may affect a state benefit claim and we recommend seeking expert advice from a benefits advisor or from Jobcentre Plus.

The fee is in addition to the reimbursement of all other reasonable expenses associated with the panel member’s involvement, such as the costs of travelling to a meeting.

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