ACES Diversity

This study is looking to capture people’s experiences of cervical screening (also known as ‘smear tests’), to identify why people from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds don’t participate and to explore alternative methods, eg vaginal swab and urine self-sampling.

Previous research has highlighted that people from diverse backgrounds are significantly less likely to attend routine cervical screening. New screening options have the potential to remove many of the current barriers to screening, like embarrassment, fear of examination and inconvenience, and could substantially increase the number of people attending for screening.

It is being carried out by a team of researchers in the Division of Cancer Sciences at The University of Manchester and is funded by The University of Manchester Research Institute and the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.


  • Aged 18+,
  • Female, or people with a cervix
  • Eligible for the UK cervical screening programme* (now, in the past, or in the future)
  • From an ethnically or culturally diverse group or background, including:
    • Asian or British Asian
    • Black, Black British, African or Caribbean
    • Arab or British Arab
    • Eastern European
    • Jewish

*all women aged 25 to 64, registered with a GP are automatically invited to attend cervical screening


  • Online


  • Completing an online survey (approx. 20 mins)
  • On completion, participants will have the option to enter their contact details to be included in a prize draw to win one of ten £20 vouchers.

Recruiting until

  • 1 July 2024

Trial ID

  • UREC 2023-15182-27819

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