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Stress Matters to partner with the University of Hertfordshire on wellbeing research

Stress Matters has announced that it has formed a partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to conduct a survey into wellbeing within the event industry.

Since 2017, Stress Matters has been conducting research into the events industry to understand the state of wellbeing of the event professionals. 

The working group includes: Allan Jepson, the chair of the Association for Events Management Education (AEME) and senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Hertfordshire; Raphaela Stadler, senior lecturer in Event Management, Tourism and Hospitality also at the University of Hertfordshire; Trudie Walters, president of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies and research fellow in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand; and the Stress Matters team led by Laura Capell-Abra, founder of Stress Matters. 

Jepson, Stadler and Walters said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Stress Matters on this important piece of research. They have made a significant contribution to the industry’s understanding of wellbeing and mental health and we are excited about delving into the data and gaining a really good understanding of the future of the events industry.”

Capell-Abra added: “I have worked closely with the University of Hertfordshire for a number of years now and their commitment to educating future event professionals has always impressed me. The team share my belief that our industry does not need to be stressful and that we can find a way of working well in a deadline-driven industry.”

The group intends on reaching 500 respondents from across the industry in a survey launching on 15 March 2021, and will also be conducting interviews with a number of professionals within the industry to note changes in attitudes and approaches to wellbeing. 

The results of the research will be shared with the industry and will continue to inform the Stress Matters pledge scheme which supports businesses that want to assess and improve the wellbeing of their teams whilst being accredited based on their progress.

To participate in the research, register here to be sent the survey when it is launched.