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GambleAware to Establish First GB Academic Research Hub

GambleAware to Establish First GB Academic Research Hub

The gambling help and addiction charity Gamble Aware has just begun an 8-month grant award process to create the UK’s first-ever academic research hub. The hub will be based at a British university and will look at both new and diverse areas of research.

GambleAware has recently committed £4m to a yet-to-be-appointed UK academic institution that will help boost the charity’s research capability in the field of gambling harms.

Why is a hub needed?

Currently, the majority of gambling research that is undertaken in Great Britain is carried out by a limited number of academics from a social science perspective.

By establishing a dedicated new hub, a wider range of academic disciplines will be able to engage with vital research on gambling harms. The hub will also help to deliver the charity’s vision of creating a safer society and contribute towards its objective of building academic research capacity.

How will the hub be funded?

Initially, GambleAware has committed £4m to the project. However, it hopes that alternative funding will be secured by the chosen academic institution to ensure its longevity.

How will the institution be chosen?

GambleAware has already invited several universities to apply for the new grant. It came up with its shortlist after considering multiple factors such as institutions with a proven track record of having research areas that relate to gambling harm prevention and gambling behaviour. It also looked for universities with high rankings for relevant disciplines such as mental health, public health, psychology, clinical health, epidemiology, health economics and health inequalities.

How will the hub be run?

GambleAware is keen for the new hub to dictate its own research focus. Its findings will help to support and influence key organisations, agencies and treatment providers that help to reduce and prevent gambling harms.

GA’s Research Director, Alison Clare says that the charity will be “guiding the area of research focus” by “taking a much more arm’s length approach” compared to some of its other research programmes and projects.

She adds that the new academic research hub is “a fantastic opportunity for a British university” to collaborate on the “relatively under-researched field” of gambling harms.

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