I was educated at Latymer Upper School, London, and at the University of Nottingham where I eventually joined the academic staff. After 41 years service, I retired from the Chair of Organisational Psychology in 2012.
During my time at Nottingham, I became Head of what was then the Department of Psychology (1994-1998). In 1999, I established the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations as a new international postgraduate research school. The Institute was formally recognised by the WHO as a Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health. I stood down as its Founding Director in 2010 and took a year’s sabbatical before retiring from the University in 2012 to join Birkbeck University of London as its new Chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management. I resigned from Birkbeck in 2020.
I was awarded a CBE in the New Years Honours List 2000 for services to occupational health. This award was largely related to my role in the development of the Management Standards approach to work-related stress and psychosocial risks to employee health. The following year, 2003, I was made an Honorary Fellow of both the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Dublin) and of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. In 2008, I was presented with an award for a Distinguished Contribution to Occupational Health Psychology jointly by the American Psychological Association, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the US Society for Occupational Health Psychology.
In 2012, I was awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology by the University of Aberdeen and an Emeritus Chair by the University of Nottingham.
I founded the journal Work & Stress in the late 1980s with my colleague, Professor Phillip Dewe, and stood down as its Managing Editor some 27 years later at the end of 2013. I remain its Emeritus Editor.
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View my Alec Rodger Memorial Lecture "Resilience, People, Organisations and their Communities" on YouTube.
The Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) was formally established in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics at Birkbeck University of London on 25th June 2013.
I remain its first Director. Professor Phillip Dewe was its Deputy Director until his retirement in 2015. The future of the Centre is currently under review after being moved to the Department of Organisational Psychology.
I hold an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Aberdeen. This position supports my role in the METIS Collaboration which is an initiative of the Academic Urology Unit in the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine & Dentistry.
METIS is concerned with the psychosocial, organisational and economic perspectives on the patient’s journey through cancer. It is also concerned with the rerad across from our knowledge of cancer survivorship and work to other long term conditions. My contribution is currently in relation to cancer survivorship, working life and work participation.
It has been funded by UCAN, Macmillan in Scotland, NHS Grampian and the ESRC.
At present, METIS is based around a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen and Birkbeck University of London.
Tag Archives: Working life
Coronavirus, Health & Working Life: Thoughts Without doubt, the challenge that faces us globally as a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus is one of the greatest of our generation. A report published by the COVID-19 Team … Continue reading
Cancer & Employment: The Legal & Insurance Contexts The third ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment will consider the legal and insurance industry perspectives. It will be held in the Keynes Library, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London on 21st January 2015. … Continue reading
THE INFLUENCE OF NURSING TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP STYLE ON THE QUALITY OF NURSES’ WORKING LIVES IN TAIWAN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL QUANTITATIVE STUDY Our paper describing a quantitative study of the effects of a transformational leadership style, within nursing, on nurses’ working lives has been published … Continue reading
FIRST METIS AWAY DAY: EDINBURGH 2014 The Stoics spoke of Metis as the embodiment of “prudence”, “wisdom” or “wise counsel”. Members of The METIS Collaboration met in Edinburgh on 6th November at the group’s first Away Day. The meeting was supported by Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland which provided the … Continue reading
SEMINAR @ BIRKBECK’S DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: CANCER SURVIVORSHIP AND WORKING LIFE (25th March 2014) I presented a paper on ‘Cancer survivorship and working life‘ as part of the seminar programme run by the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck University of … Continue reading
IMPACT OF CANCER ON WORKING MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES: CAFE MED I presented at a Cafe Med open session in the Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen Medical School on Monday 24th February. The session, which was part of the University’s public engagement … Continue reading
RESEARCH THROUGH THE METIS COLLABORATION: The Scot-PAIS Project The Scot-PAIS research project, led by Dr Sara MacLennan, is focused on the development of a new system for providing practical evidence-based information and advice on working life to those who have … Continue reading
CSWL: Launch & Introduction The new Centre ~ CSWL ~ has been approved by the Academic Board of Birkbeck University of London as a School-level body in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics. It was officially launched on Tuesday 25th June as part … Continue reading
Cancer Survivorship and Working Life With Dr Sara MacLennan, I presented at this year’s Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference in the NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 6th March (11.10 – 11.50). We talked about cancer survivorship and working life in … Continue reading