Our aims

We're committed to research which supports our ageing population.

Providing an information hub for ageing research

The Institute acts as an information hub for research on ageing at The University of Manchester. We link academics across the University and serves as an entry point for those interested in our research. As the UK’s largest single campus University, Manchester boasts a comprehensive range of disciplines.

MICRA works with academics from any discipline interested in research on ageing, and promotes ageing as a focus for research. Areas include architecture, economics, engineering, history, life sciences, medicine and sociology. MICRA researchers are leaders in their fields in the UK and internationally.



    Generating research income

    Building resources to support our research is a priority. MICRA identifies and promotes funding opportunities to our membership. This could be through research councils, charities, the EU and other international funders, through working with business, through consultancy work or fundraising.

    We work alongside academics to develop their research proposals and help them connect with practitioners, policy makers and older people. MICRA can support at each stage of the research project delivery, including dissemination, impact and knowledge transfer.

    Collaborative working and increasing impact

    MICRA helps academics to engage others in their research. Through collaboration we increase the application and relevance of our work. In addition to our extensive membership base, MICRA has specific partnerships with Age UK, Manchester City Council's Age friendly Manchester partnership and think-tank the International Longevity Centre-UK.

    MICRA runs a programme of seminars and events through the academic year which are open to all. Leading academics present their latest research alongside practitioners, looking at key themes in ageing like 'ageing, transport and mobility', 'creating age-friendly cities' and 'ageing and changing health behaviour'. 

    Seminars are open to all and attract audiences of up to 100 including researchers, care providers, older people, local government, NHS and the private sector.