Press Release

05 September 2014

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is delighted to announce the signing of four Memoranda of Understanding with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), British Lung Foundation (BLF), Mental Health Foundation and Live Music Now.

The Centre is internationally recognised for its commitment to researching the potential value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of wellbeing and health of individuals and communities.

Music from Tir Eolas
Music from Tir Eolas

This progressive step in the relationship between the Sidney De Haan Research Centre and the four national organisations will formalise the current work that is already being undertaken. It will also allow for future collaborative research projects to help promote the physical and psychological benefits of participating in arts activities for improved general health.

Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Research is not sufficient by itself to change the perceptions of how arts can benefit general health and wellbeing. We need to be able to work together and share knowledge to address the bigger issue: persuading health commissioners and policy makers of the importance of being able to offer arts on prescription.

“Showing, demonstrating and telling the testimonies of people who have benefited from activities such as group singing, is as important as the research. The partnerships that we are entering into today will help us on the journey of influencing politicians, policy makers and servants.”

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran and Shirley Cramer
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran and Shirley Cramer

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This is a moment of celebration and as a University we pride ourselves on areas of excellence in research and knowledge transfer that will really make a difference to lives of everyone.

“The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is a jewel in our crown. It is an outstanding global centre of excellence, bringing together the arts and health in an important part of the health agenda both nationally and internationally.

“Future advances in knowledge are going to happen at the interface between areas and we need to learn to work together. Today’s signing is a great example of multidisciplinary research work adding real value to the lives of people.”

Shirley Cramer CBE, Cheif Executive for Royal Society for Public Health and Institute for Healthcare Management, opened the event and said: “We are very proud of our work in arts and health. Our relationship with the University and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre has been very strong and we are pleased to be a part of the developing evidence base around the subject of using arts for improving general health. I think that this a very important day and I am delighted to be able to celebrate it with you all in this historic moment.”

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 across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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