Research

Become part of our growing research community. You can be part of our projects, the partnerships we make and support, and ultimately making people’s lives better.

Help others achieve healthier lives

Collaboration and creating new knowledge is central to our activity as a science-based University College, and evidence-based research is at the heart of everything we do. 

Take part in current research or study a PhD. We're here to provide you with the platform to grow your ideas using our wealth of research, and the experience and specialisms of our academic staff. 

Be a part of shaping the healthcare of the future.

We pride ourselves on innovation, and our rich history of pioneering advances within the health sector.   

Develop your own knowledge and skills using both our rich history of pioneering advances in the health sector, and the quality knowledge of our teaching staff, regarded as a ong the best in the world in their specialist fields.

Be a part of our projects and partnerships making peoples lives better and healthier. Support positive sustainable environments and improve communities with us as we work alongside other universities and professional organisations at national and international levels.

Be part of shaping the person centred healthcare of the future including the use of digital technology. Be at the forefront of research in health and wellbeing though monitoring and supporting healthy life choices.  Join us in finding the perfect balance between advanced, high-tech methods and compassionate care. The future needs to be gentle and smart.

Let’s make it work together.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The REF is undertaken by Research England and the AECCUC submitted for the first time in 2021.

The REF assesses three main elements:

• quality of research outputs
• impact of research
• the research environment

As part of the submission process the AECCUC produced a Code of Practice describing how we select individuals and research output for inclusion in our REF submission.

 

You can read our Code of Practice here.

2021 REF Submission

In May 2022 we received feedback from the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) concerning our submission, the first in the history of the institution. Feedback from this quality assessment exercise was reassuringly positive, confirming that overall 82% of AECC UC research outputs, environment and impact were assessed as internationally recognised, with 25% judged as internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. As an institution that puts working with others to generate new knowledge high on our agenda, sector benchmarked recognition of international quality and impact was very welcome.

Entering the REF for the first time is a key milestone in the development of AECC University College and we’re proud of the results given our small size and the fact we have only had University College status since 2017.

This submission illustrates our focus on research as an institution going forward, where research will play a central role as part of our strategic plan to continue to develop and grow further as a specialist health sciences university with local, national and international impact.

School Research Activity

Research for the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology

Research for the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology

Research for the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology includes four areas or expertise: Sport performance, Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Physical activity for Health. Current research...


Research for the School of Radiology

Research for the School of Radiology

We aim to align our research activity to the key priorities for Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy nationally


Research for the School of Chiropractic

Research for the School of Chiropractic

Research for the School of Chiropractic encompasses clinical, education, paediatric and biomechanics research themes.