The Research Institute for Health and Social Change was established on 1 September 2003 to take forward and be the driver for research interests in the biological, psychological and social sciences. The Institute continues to be a centre of excellence and innovation in critical research and consultancy on social change, social inclusion, community participation, wellbeing, work and leisure, health and social care practices and policies, and behavioural sciences.
There are now three centres in the Research Institute reflecting three major themes:
Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology
To promote, support and undertake interdisciplinary research, in the fields of: health and health services, disability and rehabilitation, learning disability and applied behavioural science.
Social Change and Wellbeing
To engage in research which informs policy and practice, enhances effectiveness of organisations, celebrates diversity and works within a social justice framework to enhance people's lives, health and wellbeing.