Lancaster University

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Lancaster University

“Helpcare will hopefully begin to contribute to developing people European-wide to deliver effective care for older people, which is an ethical and policy imperative for the health care sector”.

Lancaster University aims to apply our ideas, knowledge, technologies, skills and services  regionally, nationally and internationally to the benefit of society, partners and stakeholders. Our place in the upper echelons of the UK and the global university sector means that pursuing research at the highest international level is essential. The creation of new knowledge within a stimulating and innovative learning environment for all students and staff as well as working in international, national and regional collaborations to enhance economic, cultural and social well-being is Lancaster’s commitment to its stakeholders.

With over 12,000 students from over 100 countries Lancaster University is a thriving international university with the operational capacity to manage large-scale projects and complex partnerships. Lancaster University has experience running ERDF, Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus projects using PRINCE2 project management techniques and with extensive expertise in dissemination and valorisation. Lancaster aspires to excellence in all fields of work and distributes and exchanges knowledge and expertise generated from world class research and teaching through dialogue with all parts of society, public bodies, business and individuals which has contributed to over 30 EU funded projects being awarded to Lancaster University between 2010 and 2012.

Dr Carolyn Downs

The project coordinator is Dr. Carolyn Downs who has led two EU projects in this thematic area. At her previous institution (2010-12) she led ELIE (Employability, learning through international entrepreneurship, an Erasmus funded project with five partner countries and 8 partners exploring how immigrants made a success of their businesses and taking that learning to produce innovative new approaches to enterprise education for HE students. Dr. Downs is currently leading the ELIEMENTAL project on inclusive entrepreneurship and employability ( which is developing new educational approaches to overcoming socio-cultural barrier to enterprise and employment.

Alison Clifton

The ULANC team will be further strengthened by project management expertise from Mrs Alison Clifton who is a Project Manager for an EU Leonardo-da-Vinci Lifelong Learning Project within Management Learning & Leadership at the Management School, Lancaster University.  Post her social work practice in the voluntary sector supporting adults, she has over 10 years’ HEI experience as a teacher in social work and work based learning for industry, and she is a senior researcher with interests in research and evaluation with local authorities, criminal justice and voluntary organisations, substance use, gambling and comorbidity, and pathways to recovery and gateways to employment.  International research includes exploring barriers to enterprise with marginalised populations across the European Union She has project managed several large projects, including ESRC, EU LLP and ERASMUS+ funded.   Alison is a  PRINCE2 qualified project manager