Sheffield Hallam University’s £14m Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the population through innovations that help people move.

The AWRC provides business, industry and the public sector with world-class research and design capability through state-of the-art, fully instrumented indoor and outdoor laboratories and access to a wide range of academic expertise including health, engineering, sport science, robotics, applied computing, psychology, design, and the arts.

The research is organised into three impact themes:

  • Healthy and active 100 — prioritising research and innovation that prevents disease and supports people into 100 years of healthy and active life.
  • Living well with chronic disease — exploring the management and treatment of chronic disease, such as cancer, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes and mental health, through physical activity as a therapy.
  • Technological and digital innovations to promote independent lives — focusing on the development and application of new and emerging technologies to help people move, improving health and wellbeing across the population.

The AWRC facilities include:

  • 500 sqm, 7.5m high indoor 3D movement analysis lab
  • 3D morphology scanning lab
  • rapid prototyping and makerspace
  • design engineering and manufacturing workshop
  • human movement and performance lab
  • emerging technologies hub
  • innovation accelerator with SME co-working facility
  • physical activity suite
  • clinical floor
  • NHS data security and protection toolkit compliant room
  • 20 person executive boardroom
  • 94 person executive lecture theatre