UCLan joins growing Northern Health Science Alliance

31 January 2019
NHSA and University of Central Lancashire sign joint agreement. (L-R) Hannah Davies, Head of External and Public Affairs at NHSA; Dr Lynne Livesey, Joint Institutional Lead/Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Professor StJohn Crean, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Clinical, Health and Research) at UCLan; Nicola Wilson, Deputy CEO at NHSA; Shirley Hannan, NHSA Research Coordinator and Funding Development Manager; and Ben Martyn, Business Development Officer and Analyst and NHSA.

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) has further expanded its membership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) joining the health partnership.

UCLan joins other leading north universities in the alliance, alongside research-intensive NHS trusts and the region’s four Academic Health Science Networks.

Health research is a key priority for UCLan, and its academic innovators are producing high-quality research across a range of disciplines including health and wellbeing and clinical and biomedical sciences.

UCLan’s Professor StJohn Crean, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Clinical and Health), commented: “We are delighted to take up associate membership of the NHSA. The northern research community benefits from strong collaborations and partnerships and we look forward to making a significant contribution in terms of regional impact. UCLan will contribute a number of world-class research areas and bring workplace partners within the field of health and medical science to the Alliance family, enabling the region to influence the health of the nation and beyond.”

As an NHSA member, the University will join the growing network of organisations that are leading the way in health innovation across the north. They will benefit from a wide range of collaboration opportunities through the NHSA’s joint research partnerships, advocacy, business development and international and national programmes.

Nicola Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive of the NHSA, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the University of Central Lancashire to the NHSA as we grow and strengthen the north’s collective life sciences voice.

“UCLan is delivering some really exciting research programmes including the important health and wellbeing research coming from the Lancashire Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing.

“We’re looking forward to working with the University and its team of researchers as we work collaboratively to maximise the clinical excellence of the region.”

Since its inception six years ago, the NHSA has worked in collaboration with its members to promote the north’s thriving life science sector, both nationally and internationally, to increase awareness of and drive investment into the Northern Powerhouse.

During this time, the NHSA has brought more than £60m worth of contracts to the north of England. It has also been named as a delivery partner in the Government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Sector deal and revealed over £1bn of investment in the region’s life sciences.

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