Institute of Health and Community

The Institute of Health and Community (IHC) is a multi-disciplinary institute with a vibrant research culture and a focus on innovation and enterprise. Five main themes define the scope of the Institute:

Each theme hosts a number of multi-disciplinary research groups which support a number of research areas across the University. 

Professor Jill Shawe
Director, Institute of Health and Community

Key characteristics

The institute has strong collaborative links with researchers and practitioners across Plymouth University and beyond. Key characteristics of the IHC include:

  • world class research
  • the promotion of research informed teaching and research informed practice
  • innovative methodological approaches and practices
  • proactive engagement with practitioners and organisations who share our ambitions to have a real impact on our communities through use of world class research and facilities
  • a positive and encouraging environment which attracts and supports new researchers and helps facilitate their continuing development.

Global collaboration

The institute acts as a gateway to those undertaking important areas of research and innovation in the areas of health and community at Plymouth University and promotes and builds the work of our research groups, clusters, units and of individuals across the University. We have a strong history of welcoming research partners from different locations across the world, different types of organisation (private, public, charitable and community) and from different academic disciplines.


IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum

The IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum was set-up to facilitate closer links between those of us, from across Plymouth, who are engaged in public health. It is a resource for anyone in Plymouth (and beyond) to use to support the development and evaluation of public health in Plymouth.

Discover more about IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum

Eye and Vision Masterclass Series

Series 1: Glaucoma and Optic Neuropathies
Series 2: Vision Rehabilitation
Series 3: Binocular Vision and Paediatrics
Series 4: Vision and Ophthalmic Optics
Series 5: Anterior Segment and Dry Eye

The Eye and Vision Masterclass series at Plymouth University provides cutting-edge continuing education for eye professionals of all disciplines (optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, dispensing opticians, ophthalmic nurses, ophthalmic photographers and technologists) and is supported by leading industry partners. Specialists deliver clinically relevant seminars, real-time demonstrations with volunteer patients and state-of-the-art kit, as well as exercises and assessments on computer workstations.


The Masterclasses are for ambitious graduate professionals who have a deep interest in clinical eye care and who are able to support their learning through high-level reading (five to ten hours per class), some of it self-directed. Course material, along with a 30-minute self-assessment, will be available three weeks prior to each class. The Masterclasses will be highly clinical and will expose the latest evidence-base for clinical care and decision-making. Our Faculty includes world-leading specialists who will bring to life current controversies through panel discussions and debates. A cross-cutting theme of all Masterclass series will be public eye health and epidemiology. CET points will be applied for (TBC). For registration (£100, reduced for students and trainees) email Professor Paul Artes.

Methodological Innovations Conference May 2017

The interdisciplinary Methodological Innovations Conference took place on 25 May 2017 showcasing contemporary, collaborative and creative approaches to research questions. The conference offered a unique opportunity to debate current and future issues of relevance, with delegates drawn from different disciplines and professional areas.

Find out more about the conference