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Rudd Centre

Welcome to the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Research and Professional Practice Centre

The Andrew and Virginia Rudd Research and Professional Practice Centre is a leading research-intensive initiative that uniquely engages state-of-the-art research methods aimed at advancing scientific knowledge, promoting improvements to practice and enhancing policy development. The Centre aims to set new standards of research-led intervention and prevention-based innovation to improve the life chances of young people by supporting those that work with vulnerable children, families, and other groups.

One of the Centre's primary objectives is to engage and partner with community professionals/practitioners, service providers, family, education and other professional practice and advocacy agencies, as well as parents, children, families, educators and policy makers (UK and international) to help share and embed Rudd Programme objectives and impacts within related research and practice communities, with a particular focus on:

  • Family dynamics and young people's development
  • Adoption
  • Foster-care
  • Institutionalisation
  • Family separation
  • Domestic adversity
  • Care system and social care
  • Disadvantage and inequality

The Rudd Centre is participating in numerous knowledge exchange activities, including our 'In Conversation' lecture series. While the Rudd Centre has at its core a research focus to its primary activities, it has a bottom-line practice and policy purpose to its output. Find out more information about the Rudd Centre

Rudd Centre

Contact us

Rudd Centre
Faculty of Education
University of Cambridge
184 Hills Road

Centre Director

Professor Gordon Harold

Centre Deputy Director

Dr Ruth Sellers