It aims to harness the value of effective links between professionals and put the individual at the heart of the care they provide.
Professor Derek Moore, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “The Institute is focusing on areas where we know we can make a real difference to people’s lives; issues that are priorities for our partners and where we can contribute the most in research, practice and policy.
“It is one of the first institutes of its kind in the country and will create new and exciting cross-professional ways of working in a thriving and creative environment.”
The Institute will focus its work on six key themes through six research and practice centres covering:
- Workforce Development
- Chronic illness & ageing
- Mental Health
- Vulnerable Children & Families
- Thinking & learning
Professor Rosana Pacella, new Director of the Institute, added: “We’re incredibly excited to launch the Institute formally today and start to put into practice our innovative and joined up approach to research and analysis which we are confident will make a positive difference to people’s lives.”
The Institute of Lifecourse Development was officially launched on Tuesday 1 October.
Speaking at the event launch, Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, said: “The new Institute for Lifecourse Development is an important strategic addition to the university’s commitment to tackling significant local and global issues. It represents a long-term commitment by the University to working with our partners to deliver outstanding education and health, to tackle inequalities, and to work to ensure that everyone can lead fulfilling and productive lives.”
Find out more about the Institute and its work.