Research at the Faculty of Health & Social Care

The Faculty of Health & Social Care hosts multi-disciplinary research that focuses its activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and welfare of patients.

The Faculty draws on the research skills of academic staff in four schools:

  • Applied Social Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Pharmacy and Life Sciences

and the two research centres in the Faculty of Health & Social Care:

Research Partnerships

Through the UHI (University of Highlands and Islands) research partnership, five further inter-disciplinary themes are represented as

We provide a dynamic and multi-disciplinary research environment and welcome the opportunity to develop external collaborations that address the needs of the patient - from the bench to the bedside.

REF2014 Outcomes

In REF 2014, the IHWR submitted a joint submission with The University of the Highlands and Island (RGU-UHI Health Research Partnership) to Unit of Assessment 3.

The outcome demonstrated a significant improvement on our overall research quality compared to RAE 2008, as shown by a shift to 70% of our research being classed at 3* and 4 *The outcome demonstrated a significant improvement on our overall research quality compared to RAE 2008, as shown by a shift to 70% of our research being classed at 3* and 4*

Research in collaboration

Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Care engages in many collaborative projects both nationally and internationally. Alternatively, explore our map of collaborations to view the spread of our research teams.

News RSS

  1. 12, April, 2016 Researchers tackle public protection issues with police, health and social care professionals

    Public protection research

    Researchers in Scotland have highlighted the need for greater collaboration between agencies to enhance public protection and the safety of vulnerable adults and those at risk of harm.  

  2. 11, April, 2016 ICMAN and IUPHAR Conference to head to Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

    The first joint conference between The International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section will bring their biennial meetings to Aberdeen from September 2017.  

  3. 25, March, 2016 Research to assess Scottish plants in fight against cancer

    Dr Gemma Barron

    Health researchers at RGU have been awarded funding of almost £10,000 to investigate whether Scottish plants could hold the key to increasing the effectiveness of cancer drugs and boosting survival rates.  

  4. 12, February, 2016 Researchers size up North Sea offshore workers’ helicopter escape potential

    Offshore Helicopter Windows

    Research on the size and shape of the North Sea offshore workforce has revealed that some UK workers are larger than average American males and take up more space than earlier data had indicated.  

  1. 24, May, 2017 Professorial Lecture: Let Food Be Thy Medicine...:Did Hippocrates Get It Right?

    Susan Duthie professorial lecture

    A professorial lecture which will discuss will how diet acts mechanistically to prevent human diseases, the concepts of personalised nutrition and the implications of ‘optimum nutrition’ for the prevention of cancer.  

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