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First-in-Europe accreditation for Centre for Applied Dementia Studies



The University of Bradford has become the first university in Europe to achieve Alzheimer's Disease International accreditation for being a "beacon" in high-quality dementia care education and training. 

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is a not-for-profit federation of Alzheimer and dementia associations from around the world. Accreditation recognises the University's Centre for Applied Dementia Studies' commitment to providing students with the best possible learning experience.

Dr Ana Barbosa, Assistant Professor in Dementia Studies, pictured below, said: “This accreditation is testament to the Centre’s commitment to providing an enriching and impactful experience for students and people with dementia. It will also raise the Centre’s profile, meaning we will be able to increase our opportunities for collaborations with other organisations. 

“We look forward to furthering our collaboration with Alzheimer’s Disease International and the future possibilities that lie ahead.”

Centre for Applied Dementia Studies

Members of the ADI Global Review Panel visited the Centre in June 2023 to meet members of staff, students and community partners. They also met with our valued Experts by Experience, a group which includes more than 100 people living with or caring for someone with dementia. They talked with great pride and compassion about their work at the Centre, in which they strive to change perceptions about dementia as well as influence the way health and social care providers treat people with dementia.  

In their commendations, the ADI praised the Centre’s “positive working environment,” and the “warmth, commitment and person-centred vision” of the team. The ADI also noted the extensive research undertaken by the Centre’s staff and its application within teaching. 

Accreditation was awarded earlier this month with a virtual ceremony led by ADI Chief Executive, Paola Barbarino, who said: "In recognising the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford, with ADI accreditation, we salute their dedication to elevating dementia care worldwide. This award acknowledges their excellence in the collective journey toward a future where every individual affected by dementia receives the compassion and quality care they rightfully deserve.

"The commitment of the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is a beacon, inspiring others to prioritise the dignity and well-being of those living with dementia. We congratulate the Centre on this monumental achievement and in succeeding in the effort to shape a more compassionate world for dementia care.”