Date of release: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dr Jennifer StockA prestigious funding award has been made to a member of the University of Greenwich's Centre for Positive Ageing.

Dr Jennifer Stock, a Research Fellow, is one of just 40 academics to be awarded an Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) grant this year.

The ACU, the oldest international association of universities in the world, set up this fund to mark its centenary. The organisation is offering support to early career academics, and in particular to those who have had limited opportunities to visit other Commonwealth countries for research or professional development purposes.

A member of the university's Faculty of Education & Health, Dr Stock is a specialist in the psychology of ageing. Her expertise also includes attitudes towards ageing, physical activity and cognitive ability in older adults, and dementia.

The grant will enable her to present research to the International Asics Sports Medicine 2015 conference in Australia. She also hopes to visit the University of Sydney's Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, to discuss its work on attitudes towards ageing, health and wellbeing.

Dr John Kirkland OBE, Deputy Secretary-General for the Association of Commonwealth Universities, adds: "The emphasis on early careers reflects ACU research, which shows this as a critical period for academics throughout the world, at a time when higher education is expanding in many countries. Given that staff from over 500 member universities were eligible, from over fifty countries, the awards represent a significant achievement."

For more details of the association's work, including details of the next round of early careers awards, see the ACU website at www.acu.ac.uk

For more about studying with the university's Faculty of Education & Health: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/eduhea

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Picture: Dr Jennifer Stock.