Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

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The vision of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing is to be recognised by stakeholders for providing a collaborative approach to the development and delivery of contemporary, evidenced-based education and applied research and innovation, which is responsive to local needs, national policy and international perspectives.

The Faculty embraces solution-focused approaches to provide opportunities for students, staff and partners to achieve their full potential, irrespective of one’s personal background. 

The Faculty is one of the largest providers of healthcare and sports education and professional development, offering flexible delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate modular-based courses and research degrees. We have over 8000 students and approximately 450 members of staff. Our portfolio has been developed and is continuously updated collaboratively with staff from local partner provider organisations, patients, carers and members of the public, in response to local needs, incorporating national policy and evidence-based practice, mapped against professional statutory regulatory body education and training standards.

Students have access to work-based learning and industrial placements within a diverse range of partner provider organisations across Lancashire within acute, community, primary care, mental health, County Councils, independent, public and voluntary sector and charitable organisations.

Simulated learning experience is provided for health students within contemporary skills laboratories including a hospital ward, operating theatre, high dependency unit, cardiac resuscitation suite, an ambulance, a midwifery suite, a children and neonatal unit, a community flat and counselling and consultation rooms.

A range of facilities are accessed by sports students including a match analysis laboratory, apple suite; strength and conditioning equipment, metabolic testing pod, nutrition testing laboratory, Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and the Preston Sports Arena.

A diverse suite of courses is available leading to eligibility for professional registration, post graduate taught and research degrees, short courses and continuing professional development workshops. Courses are offered in adult, children and mental health nursing; counselling and psychological therapies; community nursing specialist practitioner and non-medical prescribing; assistant and advanced practitioner courses; midwifery; sexual health; operating department practice; paramedic practice; physiotherapy and sports therapy; public health; health informatics; sports management, adventure sports and outdoor leadership; sports coaching and performance; strength and conditioning; nutrition; sports and exercise sciences; social work; social care; social pedagogy; children, schools and families; and volunteering.

Find out more about the Faculty below, select the links to learn more about the four Schools within the Faculty or to arrange a conversation or a visit.

School of Nursing

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Director of Academic Development: Janette Grey
Director of Research and Innovation: Professor Dame Caroline Watkins
Director of Business Development: Dr Jackie Day-Garner

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Head of the School of Nursing: Professor Karen Wright
Head of the School of Community Health and Midwifery: Dr Debbie Kenny
Head of the School of Sport and Health Sciences: Robin Richardson
Head of the School of Social Work, Care and Community: Professor Joanne Westwood

Postgraduate Research Students

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Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 201 201



The Faculty has a large professoriate led by Professors and Readers, supported by research fellows, associates and assistants. Specialist research teams are engaged in applied health and social care and sports focused research, contributing to enhancement of policy and health improvement of individuals, families and public services. 

The Faculty makes a substantial contribution to the following University Research Themes: Citizenship, Society and Justice;  Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Members of the Faculty are part of the Lancashire Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change and the Lancashire Institute of Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE).

Applied Public Health

Research in applied public health at UCLan spans elements of health protection and health promotion, including nutritional science and food safety and healthy settings. As well as the contributing to the University Research Themes above this area of research strength also feeds into the Sustainability, Business and Enterprise and People, Place and Environment Themes. To find out more please contact Professor Nicola LoweProfessor Carol Wallace or Professor Mark Dooris.

Ethics and Justice

Justice, equity and fairness are values that humans have aspired to throughout the ages and globally. Yet, how to make research itself and societies at large fairer and more ethical requires sophisticated interdisciplinary work and sustained, long-term engagement with research beneficiaries.  To find out more about our Centre for Professional Ethics please contact Professor Doris Schroeder.

Health Services Research

Health services research is concerned with access to, effectiveness, quality, use, costs, and delivery of health treatment and care.  It is multidisciplinary and aims to produce new knowledge about the contexts, processes and outcomes of health services, both for individuals and the wider population.  To find out more about our stroke research or cancer research please contact Dr Lois Thomas and Dr Liz Lightbody.

Health Technology Assessment

Health Technology Assessment encompasses multi-disciplinary research groups with expertise in the methodology and conduct of evidence syntheses (including systematic reviews, economic evaluations and information science), clinical trials and health implementation science, supporting decision-making about the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and use of new and existing interventions in health and social care.  To find out more please contact Professor Andy Clegg.

Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health Research at UCLan encompasses multi-disciplinary research with specific expertise in Maternal and Child Nutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Breastfeeding, Perinatal Mental Health, Childbirth and Global Midwifery Practices.  To find out more please contact Professor Soo Downe or Professor Fiona Dykes.

Mental Health

Mental health research at UCLan is informed by trans-disciplinary perspectives aiming to pursue inquiry that informs progressive developments in practice and deepens critical thinking about the complexities of experiences of mental distress in its social context. To find out more please contact Professor Mick McKeown.

Social Work and Social Policy

Our research in social work and social policy is innovative and interdisciplinary, with a strong commitment to reflecting the realities of people’s lives and providing a foundation for development of policy and practice.  We are also closely involved with the Criminal Justice Partnership and lead in the area of Youth Justice. To find out more please contact Professor Aidan Worsley.

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Our works spans from the molecular level to worldwide, lab based, and field based work with real world impact. Our multidisciplinary research teams are internationally renowned in the fields of health, rehabilitation, sports performance, sport and exercise, sports coaching, sport and humanities, physical education, and strength and conditioning.  To find out more please contact Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs and Professor Jim Richards.

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ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

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Read the latest edition of our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Newsletter.

Read the latest edition of our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Newsletter.