Institute for Applied Health and Wellbeing (LIFE)

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute supports the development of globally relevant applied health and wellbeing research and knowledge exchange activities across the University.

Our institute aims to foster:

  • High-quality, globally relevant health and social care research
  • Inter and cross disciplinary working, internally and externally
  • The development of early (ECR) and mid-career researchers (MCR)
  • Research capacity and capability building
  • Patient, Carer, and Public Involvement (PCPI)
  • Sustainability

The institute was established in 2018 and is aligned to the University’s Strategy for 2021-2028, and the sub-strategy for Real World Research and Innovation.

  • Supporting high-quality research

    We’ve provided over 65 grants resulting in over 30 applied health and wellbeing research external funding applications.
  • Promoting knowledge exchange

    We’ve facilitated research partnerships, with over 70% of LIFE funded projects involving external partners.
  • Involving the public

    We’ve involved patient and public partners on 80% of projects and support public engagement events.
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Our academics

Professor Dame Caroline Watkins
Professor of Stroke and Older People's Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Caroline is one of only two UK nursing professors of stroke care and leads the internationally renowned Stroke Research Team; Director of Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU); Director of UCLan Research Institute For Global hEalth and Wellbeing – LIFE; Implementation Lead/Deputy…

Dr Suzanne Ackerley
Senior Research Fellow
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Suzanne is a Senior Research Fellow within our Stroke Research Team, with a PhD in promoting upper limb recovery after stroke. Her primary research interests focus on improving outcomes for people with neurological conditions and implementation of evidenced-based interventions in…

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