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Research and partnerships

University of Bradford researchers have experience of delivering digital projects in partnership with businesses. These projects address global health problems, and inform student teaching and learning.

The University’s research themes link with our vision of harnessing digital technology to provide sustainable health and care solutions, and underpin the University of Bradford’s position as the lead partner in the DHEZ.

Through DHEZ (Academic), University of Bradford researchers are now building on their existing expertise. We are developing clinically driven solutions to improve the lives of people with long-term conditions. Our facilities enable us to trial new models of care, and ensure they can be scaled up by the NHS and the commerical sector. 

Our academics contribute to multi-disciplinary funding applications, providing academic support for emerging SMEs via research council funding and innovate UK initiatives, and support a thriving DHEZ community of researchers, learners, health professionals, entrepreneurs, and businesses.



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Health Care Technology Unit

This unit is used by masters and doctoral level engineering and computing researchers whose dissertation projects involve directly working with the public clinics, or the health service research areas of DHEZ (Academic) such as health promotion, end of life care, trials and evaluation, and the Technology Smart House. There are several student cohorts each year.

The unit co-ordinates these projects, taking a liaison role with clinical leads and the Head of the Technology Smart House. The unit connects student research projects with DHEZ Academic areas in order to accelerate cutting edge digital or technological health care solutions.

Health services research and health promotion unit

This unit is populated by researchers from the health, social and behavioural sciences; both permanent academic staff at the University of Bradford, and contract researchers employed through a range of successful grants and bids.

In the area of health promotion we are exploring technological solutions to enable mental health and wellbeing classes ('Recovery Colleges') to be used remotely by students who are not able to attend classes because of geographical, financial, or mental health challenges.

Digital diagnostics group

The Digital Diagnostics Group is a cross-faculty, multi-disciplinary group spanning interests in:

  • early diagnosis and monitoring
  • patient engagement & service improvement
  • development of innovative diagnostics

The group’s areas of expertise encompass digital pathology, biomarker discovery, biomaterials and medical devices, wireless technologies, big data and bioinformatics, robotics and motion capture and process & decision management.

Our vision is to deliver diagnostic tests and service development research programmes in a technology-enhanced and business-aware environment.  Our cross-faculty membership fosters development of digital healthcare solutions by working closely with clinicians to develop diagnostic tools that meet clinical needs. 

We provide an environment in which clinicians can work alongside researchers and industry to develop novel digital healthcare diagnostics.  Access to patients, researchers and industry in one space promotes the “clinical pull” required for effective development of new diagnostics as recommended in the MRC Molecular Pathology Review.


Optometry academics at the University of Bradford are always exploring ways to advance their research to improve people’s lives.  The Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science research group are committed to developing vision and visual perception innovations in ophthalmology, optics, ocular imaging, machine vision, psychophysics, biomechanics and visual neuroscience and how digital health innovations can enhance this.  DHEZ (Academic) partnership provides the facilities to offer ‘test bed’ research services and build on commercial and spin-out of research ideas.

More information about Optometry and Vision Sciences >>

A patient having her eyesight tested

Funding support

Research and business partnerships are a core part of our offering. DHEZ Academic helps businesses work with researchers and clinicians. By doing this they create digital health products and services that are viable and relevant for patients and carers.

As a business working with a university, you have access to research funding not available elsewhere.

The University of Bradford work with industry to access appropriate research funding programmes to work with our academics, such as R&D tax relief, Innovate UK and KTP funding, and Horizon 2020.

Through DHEZ Ltd, you can also get support to access Angel Investment funds or the AD:VENTURE programme.

Find out more about funding support >>