Published: 11 September 2014 at 14:35
Anglia Ruskin University’s Veterans and Families Institute (VFI) has been awarded £160,000 to set up a comprehensive online resource for research into all aspects of military veterans and their families.
The proposed Veterans Research Hub (VRH) will bring together UK and international literature and research resources on military veterans and their families. The information will be readily accessible and will be aimed at stimulating research, influencing policy and improving the delivery of services.
VFI was set up in April 2014 to influence national policy on military veterans and their families and to develop a network of likeminded academics and institutions. It is the only UK-based institute with a focus on the holistic needs of veterans and their families.
VFI’s two partners in the scheme are Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), which seeks to promote the successful transition of Armed Forces personnel and their families into civilian life, and Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC.
The grant of £160,000, which comes from FiMT and Lord Ashcroft, will be spread over an initial two-year period. The money will be used to fund the recruitment of a project director who will lead the initiative and be responsible for developing the VRH concept, bringing it to an initial operating capability.
Once the scheme is up and running, it will enable users to search for research and evidence by subject area, identify research funding and build links in areas of common interest. A financial structure will be developed to ensure that the project is sustainable beyond the first two years.
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, the Director of the VFI, said:
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, who is Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said:
Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said: