IHSC gains accolade for Health and Social Policy programme

Published: 23 January 2007 at 10:24

Anglia Ruskin University is celebrating high level recognition for its research degree training in Health and Social Policy available for health and social care doctoral students.

Members of the department of Advanced Practice and Research within Anglia Ruskin’s Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) have gained Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) ‘recognition status’ for their part-time doctoral training programme and to develop doctoral level CASE partnerships (a link-up between academia and employers) with local health and social care agencies.

The application for this status was co-led by Dr Andrew McVicar, Director of Research Degrees, and Dr Carol Munn-Giddings, Reader in Participatory Inquiry, with administration undertaken by Sue Harrington, Research Administrator. The approval is for three years and, as well as the kudos that the recognition brings the IHSC, it also means that the IHSC is now eligible to apply to the ESRC for funded studentships.

The ESRC is the primary Research Council that promotes and supports high quality, strategic, applied research and related postgraduate training in the social sciences.  It is an independent organisation but receives most of its funding through the Government’s office of Science and Innovation.  Part of the ESRC’s mission is to support postgraduate training, however, to be awarded one of their studentships, the receiving organisation must gain ‘recognition status’ by ESRC as providing appropriate expertise and infrastructure. As well as having to evidence an active research environment for doctoral students and satisfactory PhD completion rates, recognition of programmes requires applicants to demonstrate that their programmes are providing excellent broad-based and subject-specific training in research methodology.

Dr Andrew McVicar, Director of Research Degrees said:

“This is very good news for the University. Anglia Ruskin is one of the first institutions to be awarded recognition status for part time doctoral programmes in health and social policy and we are extremely pleased to be celebrating this accolade.”

“This is a significant achievement that reflects the expertise, experience and hard work of IHSC staff who support research degree students. Truly outstanding practitioner research is the reason behind the success of this particular part-time course.”