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Newsletter #14 – August 2023

PrOPEL Hub is back! Don’t miss out on new events and resources….

Strathclyde Business School’s Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER) and partners, including the University of East Anglia’s Workplace Wellbeing team have been awarded £400,000 by UK Research and Innovation/ESRC to take forward additional work. PrOPEL Hub’s impressive track record has seen more 3,000 business and policy stakeholders connect with researchers via 70+ events since 2020.

‘PrOPEL’ or ‘Productivity Outcomes of Workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning’ brings together cutting-edge workplace research on employee engagement, wellbeing and productivity. It has developed a range of online and in-person tools and services. Find out about upcoming events, news and offers by signing up to the newsletter here: and we will advertise UEA’s PrOPEL Hub events via this newsletter too.

New Knowledge Transfer Partnership focuses on financial wellbeing

We are delighted to welcome our new Knowledge Transfer Associate Bryony Davies to work in collaboration with RBC Brewin Dolphin and our team at the University of East Anglia on a two-year financial wellbeing project. Co-funded by Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships allow in-depth projects which draw on the best of industry expertise and academic research to take forward innovation in areas of societal need.

If you currently know of any other financial wellbeing projects or research we should know about so as not to reinvent the wheel and draw on good practice – please email

Find out more about UEA’s KTP opportunities – any business can have a discussion with our team about possibilities:

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – Access Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Business (

Partnerships for East Coast Communities survey: we need your views!

[local news Norfolk / Essex / Suffolk, UK]

We recently introduced to you our new initiative to identify ways to bring about better health and employment outcomes in coastal economies, communities and the coastal environment. The initiative involves the County Councils of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and the Universities of Suffolk, Essex and East Anglia. It is designed to bring together these six institutions and a range of others – including colleges, businesses, voluntary organisations and coastal district councils.

If you live / work in Norfolk / Essex / Suffolk, UK you may be interested in contributing your opinions to our survey:

New podcast out now…

In a change from our advertised schedule, we are delighted to offer a takeover podcast by the Institute for Public Policy Observatory – with Evolve colleagues Kevin Daniels, Sara Connolly and Chris Van Stolk alongside Kevin Fong talking about what is needed to improve workplace wellbeing in the NHS and why positive action should pay off financially, not just in wellbeing.

Available on all good podcast directories, but also via direct link:

Coming soon – Evolve evaluation report and website updates

Thank you to everyone who spoke with or sent information to Nicola Murray for our evaluation project over the last six months! She is now writing up her report and we will make it available via the website and this newsletter in September. Apparently you have made some excellent suggestions and we hope to start work on them soon.

We have already started to make some changes to the website as a result of feedback – this work should also be complete by September. However, if you find a part of the website briefly inaccessible while we undertake work – please look back soon as this will not take long.

Still not sure how to make the most of the Evolve toolkit?

Here are short videos on:

1) What the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing toolkit is and

2) What is in the toolkit

3) How to use the toolkit in practice.



·        We are having an August hiatus on events and will resume in September.



In this section we compile other evidence-informed links to pieces on workplace wellbeing that we have found interesting. The following are not produced by the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team.

·        Six employee wellbeing trends for 2023 – Personnel Today

·        Evidence on the Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: Evidence Summary to 29 April 2021 | RAND


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