Building healthy cities: Alliance universities case studies

In our Regional Leadership Series report Building healthy cities: The role of universities in the health ecosystem, we set out a case for the contribution universities make to health and wellbeing. The report also explores the opportunities that devolution offers alongside the challenges currently facing the NHS.

Our universities play a unique and crucial role – as anchor institutions – to ensure everyone can live healthy, happy and productive lives. Below are a number of case studies showing how they are  providing leadership and coordination, working in partnership to co-design solutions, making services more responsive to local needs, training the health workforce of tomorrow and harnessing world-class research to make a real difference to our communities.



Teaching & training

University of Lincoln: Meeting the workforce needs of local healthcare community

The University of Lincoln is producing new generations of nurses…


A group of dental students are visiting Ford Primary School to demonstrate oral hygiene to the pupils.

Teaching & training

Plymouth University: The Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise

Plymouth is helping to lead a transformation in dental education…


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Kingston University: Paramedic virtual reality training centre

State-of-the-art centre helps students practice in real-life emergency settings…


hospital administrator team

Career Professional Development

The Open University: The NHS Leadership Academy

The Open University is helping to ensure NHS workforce has the skills it needs

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University of South Wales: The Larval Academy

Increasing confidence and training in wound management using larvae…

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Sheffield Hallam University: End of life care Massive Open Online Course

Free online course supports health and social care workers providing palliative care


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University of Portsmouth: Software ‘watches’ patients’ vital signs and saves lives

Clinical system used in handheld devices such as iPads saved almost 800 lives in first year


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University of Salford: Living well with dementia

Enabling people with dementia to live positive and fulfilled lives…


Neck brace SHU squareResearch

Sheffield Hallam University: Lab4Living

Bringing together researchers from design, creative practice and healthcare…


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University of Huddersfield: Developing greater understanding of treatment of wounds and skin defects

Unlocking the secrets of a device’s effectiveness in treating wounds…


Health networks & partnerships

Coventry University: Developing innovative community health care products

Collaborating with businesses, healthcare practitioners, academics and end-users…


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University of Greenwich: Teaming up in the community

Teaming up with Charlton Athletics FC on innovative partnership…

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Health networks & partnerships

Liverpool John Moores University: Tackling the impact of violence and abuse

Partnership between the university and WHO tackling impact of violence…


International, Chinese students at Climbing Wall, Olympia Building

Campus wellbeing

Teesside University: Festival offers a health boost for body and mind

Staff and students access activities during annual Festival of Wellbeing…


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Oxford Brookes University: Promoting wellbeing for all

The quality of our health, fitness and mental wellbeing is important to us all…  

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UWE Bristol: Resilience programme helps students develop ’emotional wealth’

An emotional resilience (ER) programme is going from strength to strength…


Further reading