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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research


The Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research (TAI) is a unique strategic partnership spanning faculties within The University of Manchester and the Science Hubs of HSE.

The partnership between The University of Manchester (UoM) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enables the co-production of world-leading research in regulatory science by encouraging genuinely cross-disciplinary research. We tackle complex research questions that lie at the intersections of the physical, engineering, medical and social sciences and use our technical strengths, expertise and reputation to support transformational change in policy making through active engagement across our networks in government, industry, and academia.

Working with the TAI gives you access to a unique combination of skills, knowledge, and talent with a wide range of experiences (including Great Britain’s national regulator), enabling us to see across the whole occupational health and safety landscape and bringing our combined expertise and lived experience to bear when delivering our work. All of this is based on a fundamental ambition to help you frame questions that will identify and fix real-world occupational safety and health problems and challenges.

We access the research capability and experience of the UK’s National Health and Safety lab and the full resources of The University of Manchester including their people and their world class equipment and facilities. Therefore, we are equipped to pull an effective team together at pace, and partner with you to deliver world class solutions that balance theory and practice. This approach is innovative and therefore creates solutions that others may find difficult to develop. Unlike conventional research institutes, we actively co-produce research in ways that deliver distinctive insights into challenging and complex problems with academic depth and rigour.

Watch our short video on YouTube: Welcome to the Thomas Ashton Institute.