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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, 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 such as health promotion, end of life care, trials and evaluation, and the Tech House/Living Lab. 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 Tech House/Living Lab. 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.

Funding support

Research and business partnerships are a core part of our offering. DHEZ 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.

Find out more about funding support