PARC aims to tackle the problems of an ageing population by encouraging physical activity in older people.

Peninsula Ageing Research Collaboration

The Peninsula Ageing Research Collaboration (PARC) aims to expand research into ways of improving the health and wellbeing of older people.

The University of Exeter views population ageing as one of the grand societal challenges and we are committed to stimulating and facilitating multidisciplinary research on all aspects of ageing, including prominent later-life health issues such as heart disease, strokes, dementia, and type two diabetes.

To address these challenges academics from disciplines including epidemiology, psychology, geriatrics, vascular medicine, sport and health sciences, and primary care are involved in the collaboration.


PARC brings together academics, researchers, and medical experts from a number of different organisations, as well as seeking to foster active networking between related research groups.

As well as the University of Exeter, the main partners in PARC are the University of Plymouth and Devon NHS Primary Care Trust

Associated groups

Numerous other groups active in the South West conduct research and other activities related to PARC's interests, including:

Our impact

Dr Cassandra Phoenix (European Centre for Environment and Human Health) found that students who saw a video of bodybuilders aged 50 to 71 changed their views of old people as 'decrepit', 'wrinkly', and 'slow'. The project funded by the Economics and Social Research Council looked at how body building affects young people's perception of old age.

Get involved

We are always keen to find new partners for our research. If you would like to become involved in PARC's activities or just want to be added to the mailing list please contact Professor David Melzer on 01392 406753 or via email at