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University of Manchester

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK, with the biggest student community. We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied at the University. We’re ranked 38th in the world, seventh in Europe and fifth in the UK in the 2014 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking, and almost two-thirds of our research was ranked by the last Research Assessment Exercise as world-leading or internationally excellent. What's more, we are well underway with the biggest investment in facilities undertaken by any UK university, with £750 million spent so far and a further £1 billion to follow by 2022.

17 March 2015
North West
Care, Medical, Health
Local Alliances:
Manchester Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The University of Manchester is a national and international leader spanning the full spectrum of research from genetics, early diagnosis and neuropathology, through PET and MR imaging, cognitive neuroscience and cognition, to psychiatry, social policy, long-term care and nursing. 

  • National impact is being achieved on policy and practice through Professor Alistair Burns’s role as National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England.  
  • The work of the Dementia and Ageing Research Team particularly demonstrates how our research delivers better outcomes for people living with dementia and their families. Professor John Keady and the DART team are leading on a new £5M research programme exploring, developing and testing the role of neighbourhoods in the everyday lives of people living with dementia, their families and care partners. The research programme also involves and supports people living with dementia as co-researchers.
  • Internationally competitive biomedical research programme led by neurologists, neuroscientists and psychologists.
  • Our research feeds into undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, influencing future healthcare professionals, practitioners and researchers in supporting people living with dementia.
  • Our teaching and research impact clinical practice both in the University and the NHS through the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Breaking down the traditional academic disciplinary boundaries to facilitate more interdisciplinary research.

Securing sufficient research funds to be able to continue to pursue our spectrum of research into dementia; its underlying mechanisms, management and care.

Increasing and improving the dementia relevant content in teaching and training for students and researchers, which also addresses feedback from NHS practitioners. Highlighting the motivations, reasons and need for these curricula change to University managers and policy makers. 

Effectively engaging the Greater Manchester population across our spectrum of research related activity including taking part in research (as participants and co-researchers), contributing to the setting of the research agenda, dissemination of findings, evaluation and impact.

Creating a change in culture to make the University a more dementia aware environment.

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2. Actions

  • Consolidate the dementia and neurodegeneration research community at the University of Manchester

    To bring together all researchers with an interest in research on dementia to inform the community of the breath and opportunity for novel research and to showcase existing research and resources.  This will also engage researchers who have an interest in dementia related research both academically and clinically.

  • Identify key opportunities for curriculum change

    The academic lead on dementia supported by key internal partners will identify and explore opportunities to promote the introduction of increased dementia relevant content in teaching and training.

  • To develop the University’s research capacity.

    To develop the University’s research capacity by attracting and retaining world leaders in research as well as early career researchers.  To increase the funding and opportunities for studentships in dementia and neurodegeneration. To increase the number of people doing research into dementia.  To run regular workshops to facilitate and support applications for funds to ensure optimal use of the strengths and breadths of the University’s research capacity.

  • To make the University of Manchester a more dementia aware environment

    To promote the needs of people living with dementia in the ongoing development of the physical environment at the University, particularly visitor centres and public spaces. To promote the needs of people living with dementia in the University’s programme of activities and engagement.   

    Dementia Friends is one of the University's Social Responsibility flagship programmes and forms part of the University’s response to the societal challenge of an ageing society.  The University aims to recruit and train 30 Dementia Friends Champions by the end of the 2014 academic year and 1,000 Dementia Friends by August 2015.  

  • Research participant recruitment and involvement

    Securing University support to allow the management of large numbers of the Greater Manchester population to engage with our research activity e.g. participation in research studies, contribution to research agenda development, supporting the needs to people living with dementia involved in delivering teaching.

  • Dissemination of research findings to users, practitioners and policy makers

    Creating opportunities for the University to feedback research findings to people living with dementia, their carers and other users. Updating them and informing them of research findings through a variety of media such as informal talks, newsletters, websites, conferences, journal publications etc.