Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR), Lancaster University
Since its foundation in 1964, Lancaster University has established itself as one of the leading universities in Europe. For several years, we have been consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 universities in the United Kingdom, and 130 in world rankings, putting Lancaster in the top one per cent worldwide. This success has recently been rewarded with Lancaster being announced as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for 2018.
Lancaster’s approach to health research is truly interdisciplinary and engages researchers within each of our academic departments. The importance to the University of increasing its strengths in all areas of health research is reflected by a range of initiatives, such as the new Health Innovation Campus, the first £41m phase of which is due for completion in 2019; being a partner in the regional NHS England ‘Healthy New Town’ initiative; and the University’s ongoing engagement with healthcare providers across the North-West region of the UK. All research projects undertaken at Lancaster University are fully supported in terms of access to the necessary facilities and administrative support, and we believe that supporting outstanding research is an essential component of fulfilling our goal of being a world-leading university.
The Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR), in which this project will be based, is within the Division of Health Research (DHR), part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine. DHR has a vibrant research community comprising over 100 staff from a range of academic and applied backgrounds: sociology, social policy, geography, public health, psychology, health economics and nursing. We share an interest in the perspectives that the social sciences bring to an understanding of health, disability, illness, the delivery of health and social care and interventions and actions to promote population health and health equity. C4AR conducts high quality interdisciplinary research and promotes research-led teaching around ageing, older people and age-related disease that establishes Lancaster University as a leading regional, national and international centre of excellence for ageing research and teaching. C4AR comprises of an established team of researchers who study healthy ageing, mental health and neuroscience across disciplines, and researchers at Lancaster University are making significant contributions to both early diagnosis and alleviation of some of the worst effects of mental and physiological ageing. We are also working on the design and development of new technologies to support and enhance the health and wellbeing older people and their care-givers. We are also interested in the psychological aspects of ageing, the impacts of loneliness and social isolation, and how these insights can improve the lives of older people including those living with dementia. Social scientists at Lancaster are playing an important role in contributing to our understanding of how best to address the needs of older people and their carers in ways that are both proactive and conscious of the need to place dignity, choice and independence at the forefront of care and support for older people.