The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) is nationally recognised for its research as well as for its education provision across the life, behavioural, social and health sciences.

HLS have a number of clear research themes and three dedicated research centres, focussing on real world issues, including whole-life span approaches from pre-natal to older adult; psychological and behaviour interventions; pharmaceuticals, biochemical innovations, sports and exercise; health economics; social policy; disease prevention and innovative use of technology whilst continuing to build research within the three schools:

  • Life Sciences
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health
  • Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS)

Executive Director: Professor Helen Maddock

CSELS furthers the understanding of fundamental biological pathways and processes, applying biological sciences to advance diagnosis and prevention of disease. To create an inter-disciplinary continuum of expertise covering three key themes: Cellular and Molecular Biosciences; Biological Systems; Health and Disease; and Physical Activity, Exercise and Obesity.

Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science (CABS)

Executive Director: Professor Jane Coad

CABS focuses on the development and evaluation of theoretically-rooted, evidence-based psychological interventions across many areas. The centre delivers on fives themes: Children’s Literacy and Developmental Disorders; Violence and Interpersonal Aggression; Identity and Resilience in Communities and Organisations; and Cognition, Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology.

Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course (CIRAL)

Executive Director: Professor Jane Coad

CIRAL brings together interdisciplinary teams of academics and doctoral researchers to create four themes, with internationally recognisable strengths in Health Behaviours and Interventions; Children and Families; Innovative Technology; and Health Economics. Working closely with users, service providers, commissioners and industry and conducting theoretically driven research that benefits the health and wellbeing of children and adults, families and society through the advancement of fundamental knowledge, promotion of behaviour change, development of services and contribution to policy.