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Press Release - 23 January 2008

Bath part of £5 million research centre to tackle smoking

The University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group is part of a collaboration that has been successful in securing £5 million funding to establish a UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS).

UKCTCS is one of five Centres for Excellence for Public Health whose establishment was announced today by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

UKCTCS will be a strategic partnership of organisations involving leading tobacco control researchers from a range of disciplines who are based in seven universities in England and Scotland, led by the University of Nottingham.

The overall objective of UKCTCS will be to deliver original research and policy work in national and global tobacco control activity, aiming to identify and develop all opportunities to reduce the burden of disease and disability caused by tobacco use.

This will be achieved through a programme of research, training and capacity building with more staff and engagement with a wide range of partner organisations, the research community and the public.

Bath will be responsible for leading a number of strands of the centre’s work and for leading on engagement with the public and partner organisations.

Dr Linda Bauld, from the University of Bath and an applicant on the successful bid to the UKCRC said: “The establishment of this centre is a massive step forward for efforts to understand and reduce smoking and its effects.

“The centre will be unique in the world as a national body dedicated to pursuing high quality research in this area. Bath’s involvement in the centre will help strengthen tobacco control efforts in the south west as well as nationally.

“It will mean new research staff, support staff and PhD studentships for Bath on tobacco control, which will help build capacity in this important field.”


The University of Bath Tobacco Control Research Group is a cross-faculty group led by Dr Linda Bauld (Social & Policy Sciences) and Dr Anna Gilmore (School for Health). It undertakes research on tobacco control and smoking cessation with a particular emphasis on informing policy.

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