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Research areas

Research within the faculty is organised into the following areas:

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Ageing and later life

Everyone is ageing from the moment they are born, and most of us will be old one day. But individuals experience ageing very differently and the cultural, economic, social and environmental circumstances in which people age are changing rapidly. Researchers in the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care examine the meanings and experiences of ageing across the life course.

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Childhood studies

At the forefront of contemporary research on childhood, we draw upon a range of approaches and research methodologies to forge new theorisations of children and contemporary childhoods in ways that impact global policy and make for better childhoods and early education.

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Children, young people and families

The Children and Young People research group brings together academics and research students conducting social research into the lives of children and young people and policy / practice applications..

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Death, dying and bereavement

Research includes the way in which end-of-life care needs of older people in care homes are met and how care home staff can develop palliative care skills; the way that a good death is understood in adults; the impact of stillbirth and neonatal death on parents and how the care of dead bodies in hospital mortuaries is translated into dirty work and the impact of this upon professional status.

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Education Futures

Our work investigates the development of education professionals engaged in lifelong learning and learning in the workplace. Our research also critically examines, and contributes to, educational policy-making and implementation, and leadership in formal and informal educational settings.

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Languages and Applied Linguistics Research

We view language as a social and cultural phenomenon and a powerful resource for learning across the lifespan. Our research in this cluster reflects that perspective, and encompasses all areas of Modern Languages, English Language Studies and Applied Linguistics.

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Living with disability and long term conditions

Our research covers a wide spectrum of people’s experiences across the life course, including physical and learning disability and living with a long term condition. Key strands include world-class research in social history of learning disability; theory; policy and practice in disability; advocacy for people with learning disabilities; disability and end-of-life issues and disability and diabetes.

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Reproduction, sexualities and health

Key themes include the relationship between the body, health and identity and understandings of reproductive and sexual health across the life course. All the research in this theme is underpinned by a commitment to challenging and improving practice in reproductive and sexual health care.