Press Release

07 November 2011

Ten senior academics from Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent have agreed to collaborate in health related research and innovation.

The academics from the two universities recently met to discuss their complementary activities, and key areas of common strength, in which they could work together to develop a health research strategy for Kent and Medway.

This follows an earlier agreement by the two respective Vice-Chancellors to explore mutual interests in health research.

The collaboration will involve a series of joint workshops and seminars, in three cross-disciplinary subjects, where both universities have strengths: Assistive Technologies; Learning Disabilities and Dementia, and Physical Exercise as a Health Intervention. In addition, the niche area of spirituality and its role in well-being was also chosen for development.

Several one-to-one collaborative projects are already in progress, but pro-active collaborative activity will provide the multi-disciplinary teams essential for tackling the wider aspects of health research and to bid for larger-scale funding calls.

Professor Tony Lavender, Pro-Vice Chancellor and lead for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Christ Church, said: “This is a significant development and will hopefully foster greater collaboration on health research between the two universities. We wish to use our collaboration to further build our research links with the Trusts and Research Networks across Kent and Medway over the coming years.”

Professor Peter Jeffries, Director of KentHealth, also welcomed the agreement and said: “This marks an important step in presenting a united front on the health research agenda across Kent and Medway. We hope that local Health Trusts will also come on board in the near future to develop a cross Kent strategy for health research.”

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.

University of Kent - KentHealth

KentHealth is the ‘one-stop shop’ for all matters relating to Health at the University of Kent. It gives an overview of the activities the university is involved in within the Health environment and acts as a portal to view what is on offer as well as a single contact point for enquiries about how the university can collaborate with external agencies in developing new initiatives'.



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