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Social Inclusion

The Inclusion Institute is a national centre of excellence and collaborative research activity is helping to develop and improve community engagement and inclusion throughout the UK.

Social Inclusion


UCLan’s Inclusion Institute takes forward the work of the five-year National Social Inclusion Programme (NSIP), established in 2004 to oversee the implementation of the 27 recommendations of the cross-government policy to address exclusion in the field of mental health.

NSIP’s outcomes have been achieved through an approach based on collaborative, boundary-spanning learning networks at all levels, informed by resources developed by NSIP to guide effective practice.

This is the context for the work of the Inclusion Institute, which aims to become a sustainable national centre of excellence for learning, evidence, innovation and practice on inclusion.

The Institute enables leadership development in key research areas, which relate to:

  • The role and impact of social networks in social inclusion and personalisation outcomes;
  • Inclusion in the context of enhancing civil society and localism;
  • The role of social capital in connecting communities;
  • Leadership approaches and organisational change;
  • The role of co-production in inclusion outcomes.

To find out more about research in Social Inclusion, contact Professor David Morris.

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A number of research topic areas are currently being addressed in Connected Communities, a five-year big Lottery-funded collaboration between the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Inclusion Institute and the London School of Economics. The aim of this study in seven diverse sites is to analyse how different social network interventions build resilient, inclusive communities and empower individuals through relationships based on shared concerns and mutual trust. It is anticipated that the research will inform models for the engagement of communities and the utilisation of social networks in public service delivery, and help to redefine the roles and responsibilities of leadership in public services.

Collaboration continues with partners such as the RSA and King’s Fund, professional colleges (College of Occupational Therapists, Royal College of Nursing), research institutes such as the Social Care Institute for Excellence and other universities.

The Institute is participating in key Government programmes such as the Department for Health’s Inclusion Health programme, and has recently been invited to contribute to the work of the new College of Medicine.

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