Manifesto Signatory

University of Bradford

updated on 03 Nov 2023
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Bradford campus

Why we've signed the Manifesto

"As an anchor institution at the heart of its City the University of Bradford is committed to working with our communities, locally, nationally and internationally. Universities participate in the global market as drivers of the knowledge economy. We need to be internationally involved and visible but this must sit alongside our long-standing commitment to the local and regional communities and economy. We will use our international reach to support our local and regional partners. We are delighted to sign this manifesto for public engagement which will help to demonstrate the very wide and worthwhile public role that universities can and should play."

Mark S Garratt, Director of External Affairs, University of Bradford

Our approach to public engagement

The University of Bradford aims to be at the heart of its local communities. We work to achieve this by being responsive to the needs of the communities we serve and through the strategic partnerships we form. The University is committed to working in partnership to deliver activities that either engage its local communities or address emerging issues affecting the District. We aim to progress these partnerships in a sustainable way.

Our public engagement hallmark

Members of the Service User and Carer group at the Faculty of Health Studies.

The University is incredibly proud of its heritage as a technology university which uses applied research to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and make a difference to society. 

One such project is the University’s world leading work in our Centre for Applied Dementia Studies. Research from the University of Bradford leading to improving the lives of people affected by dementia has been named as one of the UK's 100 best breakthroughs for its significant impact on people's everyday lives.

Person-centred dementia care, developed at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, is honoured in the UK’s Best Breakthroughs list of the last century for its pioneering work.

The research formed the basis for the development of the observational tool and practice development methodology, Dementia Care Mapping (DCMTM). provides practitioners with a common framework and language to record the experience of care from the perspective of the person with dementia.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has drawn extensively on research carried out at the University in their guidelines on supporting people with dementia. The National Audit Office also cites this research and uses DCMTM as a measure of quality of life.

Using the research, the University has engaged with care providers, regulators, national bodies and people with dementia and their families. It continues to set national and international policy agendas and transform care practice. It has trained over 10,000 care staff internationally and enabled adoption of person-centred approaches in policy and practice.


Ana Jara-Gonzalez, Engagement Officer