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TAnDem: Nottingham-Worcester Doctoral Training Centre

About the Doctoral Training Centre

In early 2015 the Alzheimer’s Society funded eight Doctoral Training Centres in various aspects of dementia to help to increase research knowledge and capacity in this vital area. A partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham is one of the successful Centres. TAnDem is the name of the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) that has been funded to focus on studying The Arts and Dementia.

Why Arts and Dementia?

Without greater knowledge and evidence about the arts and dementia, people living with dementia and their families cannot make informed choices. It is difficult for service providers and artists to help people with dementia and their carers to live well with dementia, as commissioners cannot justify expenditure on arts-as-interventions. The TAnDem PhD studentships are designed to remedy this gap in scientific knowledge and understanding. All of the proposed studentships will have a common focus on advancing knowledge about the impact of engagement with creative activities on people with all stages of dementia and on their family and professional carers. Please see the relevant webpages for details of students and topics, supervisors and management team. One unique aspect of TAnDem is that it offers the complementary resources of two universities to all the PhD candidates.

About the PhD projects

There are currently four PhD projects underway, with two additional projects due to start in 2017. Each student has a supervisory team consisting of experts from both the University of Nottingham and the University of Worcester.


TAnDem will be organising a number of events in the future. Please bookmark this page so that you can easily revisit and check for new events.

Arts and Dementia: Research into practice - 21 September 2016 NCTL Learning and Conference Centre, Nottingham 

Through a mixture of keynote speakers, workshops and panel debates we will explore
how research and arts practice can work together for mutual benefit. Themes include:

  • What methodologies are appropriate for researching the arts and dementia?
  • What can be learned from the experience of being a researcher and being
  • What priorities drive funding of research into arts and dementia? 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Paul Camic, Canterbury Christ Church University Philip Cave, Arts Council England
  • Professor Norma Daykin, University of Winchester Gary Glazner, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
  • James Pickett, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Clive Parkinson, Manchester School of Art
  • Dr Victoria Tischler, University of Nottingham 

For booking and more information go to: 

TAnDem is one of eight Doctoral Training Centres funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. Its mission is to develop and strengthen the evidence base for the arts and dementia.