Research in 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.

Visit the RGU-UHI Partnership pages for details

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. 11, February, 2016 RGU professor puts the spotlight on health and social care education

    Professor Lesley Diack

    The way forward in health and social care education will be explored by RGU's Lesley Diack at a professorial lecture next week.  

  2. 22, January, 2016 Researchers assess benefits of high intensity exercise and nutritional supplement regimes

    Health researchers at RGU are working to identify the impact of a time-efficient exercise regime and nutritional supplements to improve health and reduce heart disease risk among overweight adults.  

  3. 05, November, 2015 Study on health of homeless patients in Aberdeen secures funding boost

    Academics and health professionals who have been investigating the healthcare of homeless patients in Aberdeen have secured £10,000 funding to further their research.  

  4. 22, October, 2015 RGU researcher highlights Fukushima disaster impact on Japanese fisheries

    An RGU researcher has highlighted the ways in which Japanese fishing communities are still being affected after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  

  1. 17, February, 2016 Professorial Lecture: To Boldly Go: Crossing Borders, Boundaries and Disciplines as a Way Forward in Health and Social Care Education

    Professor Diack will discuss the increasing challenges to understanding Interprofessional Education (IPE) and will argue that the way forward is to develop a more holistic transdisciplinary education.  

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