Lancaster University is ranked among the top 10 universities by all leading league tables in the UK and has a rising global reputation. The university has over 12,000 students from over 100 countries studying at its UK campus and teaching and research partnerships across the globe. Lancaster University’s research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects. Lancaster is ranked 13th for the percentage of world leading research and 18th in the UK overall; 83% of Lancaster’s research is internationally excellent. Lancaster is ranked 20th overall for impact, meaning research with particular reach and significance.

Centre for Ageing Research

The LCIA evaluation will be led by Professor Christine Milligan, Director of Lancaster University’s Centre for Ageing Research, who has worked in the field of ageing and health for over 20 years. Christine is a social scientist and expert in deliberative, mixed methods and evaluation studies. With over 100 books, refereed journal articles, book chapters and reports, she is internationally recognised for her work on ageing and health and has led a wide range of national and international research studies working closely with the public, private and third sectors.

The team also includes:

Health Economist, Dr Ceu Mateus, a senior lecturer in Health Economics at Lancaster University with 20 years’ experience in the economic evaluation of health care programmes.

Medical Statistician, Dr Tom Palmer, a lecturer in Medical Statistics with research expertise in statistical methods for causal inference mainly applied in epidemiology. He has worked at the interface of epidemiology and genetic epidemiology and has published several applied Mendelian randomization studies.

Dr Mandy Dixon is Senior Manager for Business Engagement in the Faculty of Health and Medicine where she leads on engagement with business, with a particular interest in digital health.

Dr Sandra Varey is a Senior Research Associate who has significant expertise in qualitative approaches to healthcare evaluation in relation to older people.

Ms Alejandra Hernandez is a Senior Research Associate who has significant expertise in quantitative methods and health economics.


Lancaster Health Hub is the first strategic partnership to be established between Lancaster University and local NHS organisations with the purpose of driving cross-sectoral collaboration for locally-led research and innovation. It enables the partner organisations to play a leadership role in major local and regional networks for enhancing evidence-based, high quality healthcare through research and innovation, and supports local economic growth and job creation.  The partnership draws upon skills and expertise in all academic departments at Lancaster University, which is rated  among  the top 10 UK universities.

The partnership currently comprises: Lancaster University, University of Cumbria, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire North CCG, NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and Healthwatch Lancashire.

The Health Hub facilitates cross-sectoral working and brings together local organisations  around specific aims and themes, both to deliver large projects and programmes, and to advance local infrastructure for research and healthcare.

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