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A new research centre to help improve inclusion and wellbeing by addressing damaging behaviours, such as misogyny and racism, will be established at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) thanks to £11.3million of funding from Research England.

Uniformed public services such as the military, police, fire, ambulance and prison services face unprecedented challenges due to increased demand, and pressures on public spending. To meet these challenges, a resilient, healthy and professional workforce culture is essential. However, a number of recent high-profile inquiries across different organisations in the UK have uncovered examples of negative cultures and practices which threaten to undermine public confidence in those services.

The centre will provide the evidence base and skilled researchers to support the UK’s uniformed public service organisations to respond effectively to these challenges, develop inclusive cultures, and build public trust.

This initiative brings together experts from ARU’s policing and military research institutes who have extensive experience and research expertise working with the sector to influence and change both policy and practice. The £11,305,900 award is the largest research grant ever received by ARU and includes £1million of capital funding to develop a social sciences research laboratory at ARU’s Chelmsford campus, which will be part of the centre.

Matt Fossey, Professor of Public Services Research at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

“This significant funding will allow us to work with colleagues from across the sector to develop new practitioner fellowship roles, identify organisational challenges and help organisations find credible, workable and sustainable solutions. The outcomes will then inform policy and practice on both a local and national level.”

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