The Tizard Centre

About the Centre

The Tizard Centre is the leading UK academic group working in learning disability and community care, is widely known world-wide and has an international reputation. Members of the Centre are selected both for their academic record and for their practical experience in services. The Centre provides short courses as well as degree and diploma programmes at the University of Kent, Canterbury and also undertakes an extensive programme of consultancy and research - both nationally and internationally. The primary aims of the Centre are:

  • to advance knowledge about the relationship between the organisation of community care services and their outcomes

  • to help service agencies (both purchasers and providers) develop their own competence to provide and sustain high quality, comprehensive community care services

  • The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent at Canterbury.



The Tizard Centre is named after Professor Jack Tizard (1919-1979) in recognition of his contribution to the development of community care. A New Zealander, Jack Tizard spent most of his professional life in England where, as a psychologist, he worked at the boundaries of psychology, medicine, education and the social sciences. His work on alternatives to institutional care in the nineteen-fifties and sixties underpinned the subsequent development of ‘ordinary life’ models for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

In 1983 Jim Mansell (1952-2012) was appointed as a lecturer with funding from the then South East Thames Regional Health Authority to coordinate staff training initiatives in support of the development of community services for people with learning disabilities. The remit of the Centre broadened to include mental health and older people. Initially based in Psychology, increasing independence and multidisciplinarity was reflected in the name change to the Tizard Centre in 1993 with Prof Mansell as the Director. The Centre now focuses primarily on learning disability and community care.

In the 2012 New Year's Honours list, Prof Mansell received a CBE for services to people with intellectual disabilities.

The Centre's work reflects their contribution in its commitment to social justice, in the way it focuses on the relationship between policy, management and practice and in bridging psychology, social policy and other related disciplines to help improve services.


Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LR

Telephone: +44(0)1227 827373 or contact us

Last Updated: 02/08/2018