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20 February 2009 - PR 09/20

Loughborough University responds to the ageing workforce

Researchers at Loughborough University have been awarded £1.3 million from the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme.

The research, which is led by Professor Cheryl Haslam, Director of the University’s Work and Health Research Centre in the Department of Human Sciences, is called ‘Working Late - strategies to enhance productive and healthy environments for the older workforce.’ It centres on how there is a pressing need for employment policies, workplace design and occupational health provision that takes account of the ageing workforce.

In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, there are now twice as many workers aged 50 and over than those aged 25 years or younger.

Speaking about the award, Professor Haslam said: “We are delighted to secure this funding for a four-year integrated programme of research. The Working Late research programme will develop workplace health interventions and design solutions that will enable people to work longer and improve the quality of working life for older people.”

The Loughborough Working Late research team comprises partners from Loughborough University; Birmingham University; University of the West of England; Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh; Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; The Age and Employment Network; COPE Occupational Health Services. The research also benefits from the involvement of expert advisory groups: The Institute of Employment Studies; Transport Research Laboratory; British Occupational Health Research Foundation and Department for Work and Pensions.

The multidisciplinary research, which is funded by five councils, will adopt a mixed method research approach of focus groups, interviews, surveys and interventions. The defining feature of the research programme will be engagement with agencies, employers and older workers to guide the research process and disseminate the findings. This major research initiative will ultimately contribute to improved working conditions and support services, allowing freedom of access to work and improved quality of working life of older people.

The research team are: Professor Cheryl Haslam, Dr Diane Gyi, Professor Kevin Morgan, Dr Stacy Clemes, Dr Hilary McDermott, Dr Martin Lindley, Dr Fehmidah Munir, Professor Roger Haslam, Mr Aadil Kazi, Dr Kate Threapleton, Mrs Beejal Parmar (Human Sciences); Mrs Colette Nicolle, Mrs Lucy Rackliffe, Dr Martin Maguire (ESRI); Professor Alistair Gibb (Civil Engineering) Professor Laurie Cohen (Business School); Dr Joanne Crawford (Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh); Dr Michael Clark (University of the West of England) and Dr Jo Duberley (University of Birmingham).

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For all media enquiries contact:

Jo Lumani
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: J.P.Lumani@lboro.ac.uk

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Professor Cheryl Haslam
Working Late Principal Investigator
T: 01509 223086
E: C.O.haslam@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

For further information, please see the Working Late website: www.workinglate.org

The Working Late Programme is part of the New Dynamics of Ageing programme. A seven-year multidisciplinary research initiative that is a collaboration between five UK Research Councils - ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and AHRC. It is the largest and most ambitious research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK.

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