National Innovation Centre for Ageing

Set up in 2014, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing is a world-leading organisation, created with a £40 million investment from UK Government and Newcastle University.

We bring together world-leading scientists, business and industry, health and care providers, and the public in a unique space that is designed to lead on innovations that improve all aspects of life for our ageing societies.

Our areas of focus include:

  • living better for longer – helping us all stay as healthy and as well as possible as we age 
  • age-friendly places – adapting our built and social environments and creating homes we can live in for longer so that we can maximise the quality of our later years
  • inclusive design - ensuring that products and services meet our needs, whatever our age or ability
NICA and NIHRIO will be based alongside the National Innovation Centre for Data in a new building at Newcastle Helix.

Urban Design and Human Flourishing

A research theme within our Global Urban Research Unit, Urban Design and Human Flourishing addresses the transactional relationship between people and their environment. The theme looks at people’s homes, schools, places of work and public buildings - as well as the public spaces - streets, squares, parks and so on, which make up the neighbourhoods, towns and cities in which we live and in the communities that live there.

Future Homes

The Future Homes project is developing new housing exemplars that show people the future.

Led by Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning, the project brings together academia, government, business and voluntary organisations. Following a programme of public conversations and citizen-centred co-design, four demonstrator units will be built.

They will combine in one place innovations in flexible living, materials, digital technology and zero/low energy systems to provide supportive homes for everyone at any life-stage.

Future Homes is one of the many projects in the Newcastle City Futures Urban Living Partnership

Institute for Ageing

Led by Professor Louise Robinson, the Institute for Ageing is an extension of more than 20 years research. This positions the Institute amongst a handful of global leaders in the field.

The Institute aims to translate internationally renowned research into the biological, medical and psychosocial determinants of healthy ageing across the life course into interventions that extend healthy lifespan and support active ageing.


Professor Louise Robinson leads the Institute for Ageing

Institute of Health & Society

The Institute for Health & Society makes a significant contribution to Newcastle University's mission of transforming health. Our vision is to transform health through pioneering translational research and health education.

We have four research themes, which provide a coherent narrative for our work. They are:

  • unravelling the origins of disease across society
  • understanding health experiences across the life-course
  • developing and evaluating interventions to improve health and wellbeing
  • supporting health decision-making and the effective organisation of health care

We also host the Fuse research centre, the Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit and the Research Design Service North East.