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TAnDem PhD update - First viva

We are delighted to report the first TanDem student’s PhD viva. Emily Cousins passed her examination on 25th October, being required to make only minor corrections. We would like to express our thanks to her two examiners, Professors Gill Windle (University of Bangor) and Amanda Griffiths (Nottingham), who complimented Emily on the excellent scholarship of her thesis. Emily’s research aimed to develop a taxonomy (or a way of classifying) of the ways in which arts interventions for people with dementia work: in other words, what factors operate to make arts activities such a valuable aspect of life with dementia. Her studentship has taken her on academic visits to the US and Denmark, and her findings have been published in one journal paper with another submitted for publication.

Emily is seen below (centre) with her supervisory team of Tom Dening and Victoria Tischler.

TAnDem student Emily Cousins - viva

Major National Lottery grant awarded by the Big Lottery Fund

The Association for Dementia Studies has been awarded a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The project will run from 1st Sept 2018 to 31st August 2021. The aim is to help establish new Meeting Centres in different parts of the UK to work with their communities to support people and families directly affected by dementia.

This funding will enable us to build real capacity across the UK so that Meeting Centres can form a backbone of community-based active support to people and families across the country. By working together with early adopters in their communities and with national influencers, UK MCSP will attain the national visibility, momentum and traction to bring future generations of Meeting Centres on board.

ADS was a co-investigator on a successful research project, MEETING DEM, that took the learning from the Netherlands to set up Meeting Centres in the UK, Italy and Poland and to evaluate their impact. As part of the project two pilot demonstrator Meeting Centre sites were established in central England in semi-rural market towns. These have now established themselves as charities since the research funding ended in August 2017.

With this funding we have a unique opportunity to develop a sharing of the learning across early adopters of the Meeting Centre model in the UK from different regions and jurisdictions as well as from organisations of different types such as housing associations, faith groups and day centres who could be well placed to build Meeting Centres from their existing provision.

For more information please see the press release here or visit our Meeting Centres website.

The Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement: Making England the Best Place in the World for Dementia Care

Have you, or has somebody close to you, been diagnosed with
dementia in the last few years? If so, we’d really like to hear from you!

We are inviting people with a dementia diagnosis, or their main carer (either family or friend) to complete a short questionnaire about your experience of living with dementia. This is an important opportunity for you to share your experiences and maybe help shape and improve services in the future.

This questionnaire asks you about your experiences of day-to-day care and independent living for the person with dementia and at the end, we will give you the opportunity to sign up to receive further questionnaires in the future.  

If you would like to complete this questionnaire and help with this important study, please go online to You can also view previous reports and see what other people are saying about their experiences.

If you would prefer to receive a questionnaire in the post, please give us a call and we would be happy to send you one or answer any questions you may have. Please contact Claire Thomas at ORS on 01792 535 337 or, or Daniel Morris at ORS on 01792 535324 or .

This project has been commissioned by the Department of Health for England and the work is being carried out by Opinion Research Services (ORS), an independent organisation.

Thank you for your help and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


2018/19 Masterclasses and workshops for individuals to book

We are pleased to announce a further series of in house one day masterclasses and workshops. These will be held at our City Campus and run from 10:00 to 16:00 with registration from 9:30 and a buffet lunch.

One day Masterclasses

    CANCELLED Supporting People living with Dementia and Frailty:  29 November 2018

  • Intimacy and Sexuality in the context of people living with dementia in a care setting:  28 February 2019

  • Dementia and Pain – Underdiagnosed and undertreated:  28 March 2019

  • End of Life in Dementia Care:  11 April 2019

One day Workshops

  • An introduction to understanding and applying the principles of Person Centred Care in dementia care: 7 February 2019

  • Music and Dementia: 14 March 2019 

  •  Dementia Friendly Design: 16 May 2019 

  •  Dance & Movement in Dementia Care – Finding creative ways to communicate and connect: 6 June 2019

Cost: As you can see these now cover a wider range of topics but the cost remains the same at £150 with an 'Early-Bird rate' if you apply up to 6 weeks before the event of £125.

How to book your place: These can now be booked at Please specify using the drop down box under ‘Payment Method’ if you wish to pay by debit/credit card or need to request an invoice.

Content: Further details will be available shortly 

Venue: All will be held at the University of Worcester City Campus     

If you require more information please email with ‘Masterclass series’ in the subject line. Please state your full name and contact details indicating which classes you are interested in attending and/or details of your enquiry.  

For more information about a number of events planned for the next few months please see the Seminars and Conferences page.