Research

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine is committed to producing excellent research to  inform evidence based practice and the health and wellbeing of people locally, nationally and internationally.

Our research spans three cross–faculty clusters all of which bring together researchers from all Schools with common interests and complementary expertise.

The Faculty has responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic and is engaging in research which addresses key issues relating to this.


Prevention and Management of Conditions in Adults

Adults in a circle exercisingResearch in this multi-disciplinary research cluster focuses on lifestyle and health issues across the adult life course in four main areas: 1. Arts and Health, Public Health, Health Inequalities; 2. Musculoskeletal Health, Physical Activity and Maintaining Mobility; 3. The Management of Chronic Respiratory Conditions via the Respiratory Research Centre; 4. Supportive and End of Life Care. Research encompasses a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including evidence synthesis, and significant collaboration and links with practice.  The PMCA research cluster is led by: Prof Sally Spencer, Prof Paola Dey, Dr Carol Kelly, Prof Vicky Karkou, Prof Barbara Jack and Prof Mary O’Brien. Read further about Prevention and Management of Conditions in Adults.


Improving Professional Practice

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This research cluster focuses on performance enhancement, maximising individual potential, evaluating the impact of health professions education by developing evidence-based methodologies and applying these to practice. Work focuses on providing the evidence to inform curriculum planning and delivery including: the impact of simulation; and equity in medical education. The IPP researcher cluster is led by: Prof John Sandars, Prof Jeremy Brown and Dr Axel Kaehne.  Read further about Improving Professional Practice.


Children, Young People and Families

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Our research is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary. It focuses on understanding and improving the lives of children, young people and families. Our work explores the disruptions, relationships, connections and disconnections in their lives.  We work across various sectors including social care, health and education and we aim to influence practice, policy, and public engagement.

The CYPF research cluster is led by Prof Bernie Carter, Prof Lucy Bray and Dr Julie Abayomi. Read further about Children, Young People and Families.


The Faculty has a vibrant postgraduate research community and offers a supportive environment for research development.

It provides a base for the University’s Health Research Institute (HRI) which brings together academics from across the University with a shared interest and expertise in medical and clinical research collaboration with external partners.

The Faculty holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award.

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation: Professor Clare Austin

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