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Vice-Chancellor blogs on Stop that Fall

Monday 28 January 2013

Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, has devoted his latest blog post to SURFACE; in particular, the Centre’s research into outdoor falls.

In his weekly look at current issues and opportunities within the University, Professor Hall flags up the Centre’s success in establishing “country-wide collaborative partnerships and research-enabled design guides for public authorities and manufacturers”, noting that “in addition to improving quality of life, inclusive design solutions reduce the risk of falls and other injuries to which older people are particularly vulnerable … [leading to] substantial savings in health costs”.

With particular emphasis on the Go Far project, and its Stop that Fall initiative, Professor Hall blogs about negotiating access to an extensive set of ambulance service data and SURFACE’s plans to develop smart phone applications that will allow people to record and notify hazards in the everyday public environment, developing a preventative culture. In the final part of his post, he also draws attention to the new Masters course launching in 2014 that will provide training in inclusive design, independent living and preventative safety; a partnership between SURFACE and the University’s College of Health and Social Care

Read the Vice-Chancellor’s blog.

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