REACH Network

The REACH Network was established in 2016. It aims to bring together colleagues from the University of Exeter from a range of discplines, including the social sciences, business, arts and humanities and the medical school, whose current research activities and interests include a focus on ageing and dementia.

If you’d like to join the network email Dr Barbora Silarova (

REACH Network news

Save the date for the next REACH network event!

We are pleased to confirm the date for our next REACH network event:
Wed, 25th April 2-4pm, Baring Court 202, St Luke's campus.

The details of the event will be circulated soon.

We hope to see you there!

13 December 2017

The REACH network gathered for presentations by:

  • Colin Bray, Libraries Unlimited. Colin gave a talk ‘Building a dementia friendly community one library at a time'
  • Sophie Smith, Impact and Partnership Development Manager.  Sophie told us about the upcoming Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and gave a short overview of work of the Innovation, Impact and Business team
  • Dr Susy Hope, geriatrician and UEMS Clinical Lecturer.  Susy talked about potential collaborations with South West Ambulance Service

16 May 2017

We have heard from Charlotte Burrows, Design Council Social Innovation Programme Manager, about the Transform Ageing programme and from Rachael Litherland and Steve Milton co-directors of Innovations in Dementia, about their work on empowering and inclusion of people with dementia. Thank you to our speakers for engaging talks and everyone who joined the meeting. 

12 September 2016

The aim of the event was for REACH Network members to get to know each other better, in a more informal setting. We carried out ‘academic speed dating’ session. We had 7 minutes to talk with one of the colleagues about our research interests and then moved to talk to another colleague. With six rounds we had a chance to get to know a good proportion of the Network Members. Hope everyone enjoyed the session!

8 June 2016

On 8 June 2016 we held the inaugural invitation-only meeting of the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) Network. Professor Manuela Barreto talked about the HASS ageing theme and Professor Linda Clare introduced the recently established REACH centre. Members shared information about their work and research interests, and discussed ideas for developing the network in a way that provides optimal benefit for all those involved. Thank you to everyone who joined the meeting and for all the positive feedback. We hope that the network will be a meaningful, sustainable and valued community.

Current Members

Organising Team

Professor Linda Clare, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Professor Gabriella Giannachi, English

Dr Catriona McKenzie, Archaeology

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer, UEMS

Dr Barbora Silarova, Psychology and UEMS


Dr Martin Anderson, Psychology

Cariad Astles, Drama

Professor Clive Ballard, UEMS

Dr Thorsten Barnhofer, Psychology

Tania Barton, Law

Professor Manuela Barreto, Psychology

Dr Bert Bond, Sports and Health Sciences

Dr Joanne Bowtell, Sport and Health Sciences

Chloe Bradwell, Drama

Dr Hannah Chiswell, Politics

Dr Isabelle Cloquet, Business

Dr Rachel Collins, UEMS

Professor Giovanna Colombetti, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Dr Joanne Connell, Business

Dr Anne Corbett, UEMS

Dr João Correa Delgado, UEMS

Professor Tia deNora, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Professor Jane Elliott, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Isobel Evans, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Professor Paul Farrand, Psychology

Dr Vicki Goodwin, UEMS

Dr Ali Haggett, History

Abi Hall, UEMS

Dr Johanna Harris, English

Dr Suzy Hope, UEMS

Dr Iza Kavedzija, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Professor Susan Kelly, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Debbie Kinsey, UEMS

Piers Kotting, UEMS

Dr Ola Kudlicka, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Dr Ruth Lamont, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Dr Iain Lang, PenCLAHRC

Professor Mark Levine, Psychology

Professor Catherine Leyshon, Geography

Dr Mike Leyshon, Geography

Dr David Llewellyn, UEMS

Dr Anthony Martyr, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Professor Rose McCabe, UEMS

Professor Thomas Morton, Psychology

Dr Sharon Nelis, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Dr Noreen Orr, UEMS

Janice Ranson, UEMS

Jessica Rundle, UEMS

Dr Catherine Quinn, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Serena Sabatini, Psychology and UEMS

Dr Sharon Savage, Psychology and UEMS

Susi Sadler, UEMS

Professor Gareth Shaw, Business

Dr Rob Magnuson Smith, English and Creative Writing

Professor Philip Stern, Business

Katherine Strick, UEMS

Catherine Talbot, UEMS

Professor Jo Thompson Coon, UEMS

Professor Ingelin Testad, UEMS

Professor Keith Wesnes, UEMS

Dr Yu-Tzu Wu, Psychology and PenCLAHRC