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The Wolfson Research Institute. Mark Booth, Associate Director Research Forum, April 1 st 2009. Mission and scope. To develop and reinforce existing disciplinary research strengths in medicine, health and the well-being of people and places.

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The wolfson research institute

The Wolfson Research Institute

Mark Booth,

Associate Director

Research Forum, April 1st 2009

Mission and scope
Mission and scope

  • To develop and reinforce existing disciplinary research strengths in medicine, health and the well-being of people and places.

  • Foster interdisciplinary research on human health and wellbeing at local, national and international levels

  • Contribute significantly to the development of Queen’s Campus at Stockton.

  • Improve health and wellbeing in the North East, especially County Durham and the Tees Valley, through local partnerships.

Meet the directorate
Meet the Directorate

  • Director Prof Tim Blackman (SASS)

  • Associate Directors Dr Mark Booth (SMH / SBBS)

  • Prof Charles Heywood (Psychology)

  • Dr Sarah Atkinson (Geography)

  • Prof Gillian Bentley (Anthropology)

  • Prof Holger Maehle (Philosophy / SMH)

  • Ms Di Bailey (SASS)

  • Dr Ian Greener (SASS)

  • R&D Manager Rebecca Perrett

2008 9 financial overview
2008-9 Financial Overview

  • £6.2m of successful applications supported, funded by the NIHR, the NHS, the Wellcome Trust and the North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

  • £1.2m from the NHS awarded to Durham in support of research linked with the new phase 1 medicine programme, supporting posts in Anthropology, Health and Medicine, Geography, and Applied Social Sciences

  • £5m Centre for Translational Research in Public Health co-directed by Professor David Hunter

  • £4.8m Research Design Service co-directed by Professor Mason

  • £4.5m portfolio of grant applications under development or submitted


  • Fellowship aims to create a research community that subscribes to the Institute's aims and has the opportunity to share in its activities, resources, support and collective reputation.

  • There are currently 120 Fellows from 14 departments.

  • Fellows are entitled to receive support such as funding for pilot projects and symposia, research facilities or staff time to assist with grant applications and events.

  • Fellowship is also open to accomplished academics and professionals external to the University.

Strategic initiatives in 2008 9
Strategic Initiatives in 2008-9

  • The Institute for Local Governance

  • North Shore ‘health precinct’

  • The Newcastle and Durham Universities Beacon for Public Engagement.

  • The Child Poverty Strategy Group

  • A pilot ‘professional sabbaticals’ scheme

  • A pilot small grants scheme with the South Tees NHS Trust

  • A ‘trials, interventions and evaluations’ unit currently under discussion


  • Accommodation

    • limited physical footprint

  • Research –

    • Interdisciplinarity

    • Academic Capacity

    • Large grant applications

  • Partnership

    • Joint projects with the NHS

    • Wider engagement with public services