Alcohol Research UK publishes its Annual Review for 2015/16

Alcohol Research UK has today (10 November 2016) published its Annual Review 2015/16 outlining its main programmes of work for the period.

The report shows that in 2015/16, Alcohol Research UK:

  • Commissioned a major independent review of its grant making over the last 30 years which shows the many ways in which its £24 million investment in alcohol research has helped to shape the alcohol harm reduction field.
  • Completed a major review of its Research Strategy to ensure it continues to deliver rigorous research that strengthens the evidence base and has a demonstrable impact on knowledge, policy and practice.
  • Awarded almost £584,000 in grants, including over £289,000 to five projects within its Research Innovation grants programme.
  • Funded six small projects providing a unique opportunity for both early career and established researchers to develop their work.
  • Provided network support to 12 professionals within the wider research community.
  • Granted 17 studentships, including funding support for six new PhDs.
  • Provided independent and expert management of a diverse range of research projects on behalf of other organisations such as Public Health England.
  • Maintained its core funding of both Alcohol Policy UK and Drug and Alcohol Findings, two organisations whose work supports its core aim of translating research into policy and practice.

Alcohol Research UK Chairman, Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, said:

“This has been a pivotal year for Alcohol Research UK which started with a comprehensive analysis looking at the impact of our work over the past 30 years. I’m delighted to say that the conclusion of that study shows the very positive impact our work has in helping to reduce alcohol-related harm in the UK.

“As Trustees, we will ensure the organisation remains on track to deliver even more by building on our research activities to help inform policy and practice, providing those involved in helping people with alcohol problems with the best evidence available.”

Dave Roberts, CEO of Alcohol Research UK, said:

“There is no doubting that these past twelve months have been very significant for Alcohol Research UK. We have completed a major strategic review and made some key decisions that are already resulting in significant changes to the way we work.

“Measuring our impact is a key outcome from this work and will now form an important part of our internal processes. This, together with a number of other strategic changes, puts us in good shape to strengthen the alcohol harm reduction field helping to bring about positive changes to people’s lives.”

Alcohol Research UK’s Annual Review for 2015/16 is available for download.