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Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy (UOA3)

Discover the Institute of Health

Building on a strong track record, the unit reflects the University of Cumbria’s (UoC) long association with health and social care professions since the formation of St Martin’s College, Lancaster in 1964, from which Cumbria later developed.

Through the University’s Institute of Health and Centre for Research in Health and Society, our research focuses on major health challenges faced by our society. Our researchers investigate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions across several allied health professions, consequent implications for health and social care, healthy ageing, and improving effective patient communication in support of wellbeing.

Research Themes

Medical Imaging

Healthy Ageing

Digital Health

Rehabilitation and Healthy Lives


11% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ (4*) and 46% are ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

50% of our research impact is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

63% of our research environment is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

Impact Case Studies

Underpinned by the university’s strategic intent to “contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being and prosperity of our communities”, impact is integral to research activity. Staff work collaboratively on applying research into NHS settings and with a range of partners including the NHS, Age UK, Brathay Hall, Royal College of Occupational Therapy, College of Radiographers, and many others.

Two ‘impact case studies’ were submitted to REF2021, with details below.

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Associate Professor Tim Donovan has undertaken research leading to improved accuracy of image interpretation in clinical practice.

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Impact Case Study 1

Our Staff Continued

Dr Lucy Spain, PhD - Lecturer in Biological and Biomedical Science

Dr Tilly Reid, PhD - Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator/Senior Lecturer

Dr Peter Philips, PhD - Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging

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Centre for Research in Health and Society

The Institute of Health is home to the Centre for Research in Health and Society (CRiHS); a multidisciplinary research centre that looks to transform lives locally, nationally and globally. 

CRiHS aims to discover solutions to issues that impact health and social equality, supporting everyone's equal right to thrive in life. To do this, they work with health experts, groups, and communities to develop practical, applicable solutions. 

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