Study exploring University staff health seeks participants

A new research project designed to support the health needs of University staff is looking for academic colleagues to take part in qualitative interviews and a postal survey.

The researchers are looking for colleagues who are experiencing some health or wellbeing issues and who would be willing to take part in interviews and a survey.

The study will develop and validate a new screening questionnaire capturing relevant health, psychosocial issues and workplace factors that are specific to university academics.  This new Academic Work Instability Scale will help to identify how well people are managing at work and enable the university to be more proactive in supporting staff when needed.

The study is being completed by staff in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine. They are seeking participants who are:

  • employed in an academic role
  • currently working or off sick for less than a month
  • currently experiencing some health or wellbeing issues (either physical and/or stress or emotional difficulties) or have experienced such issues in the last month

There are a number of different stages in the study, including:

  • qualitative interviews (which take about an hour)
  • cognitive de-briefing interviews (which take about 30-45 minutes)
  • a postal survey

For more information or to register your interest, please contact the Principle Investigator, Gill Gilworth, who will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.  You can contact her on 07734 009663 or email

Ethics reference no. - SoMREC/13/041; date of approval - 5 February 2014

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