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Outdoors team bid to establish new research centre

The UCLan Outdoors Division is a highly research active section within the university, with staff conducting numerous activities, both nationally and internationally.

Senior Lecturer Dr Mark Hickman, in conjunction with colleagues Alli Inkster, Helen Hooper and Division Leader Nick Passenger, is currently working to establish UCLan as a recognised centre for research into active ageing in the outdoors.

The team are delivering a series of presentations at institutions across the UK, including Bucks New University, Northumbria University and Staffordshire University.

In September they will take part in the International Adventure Conference at Sheffield Hallam University. The event consistently attracts a worldwide delegation of leading academic researchers and industry professionals who carry out cutting edge adventure research, and who work in the adventure tourism and recreation industries.

This year's conference features leading adventurer Alastair Humphreys, Andrew Denton, CEO of Outdoor Industries Association and world champion mountain biker Steve Peat.

For more information about the event please click here.

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