Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing

Working with partners

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Collaboration with local, regional, national and international health and care delivery organisations, governments and community groups enables us to turn our research into change that can improve lives.

Case study: Health is wealth

Our partnerships enable our research to guide national health policy and potentially save lives, as well as millions of pounds of public money in the case of one partnership with Active Essex.

Working with Active Essex, researchers from the School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences are using their lab-honed expertise to guide high-level decision-making as part of a £100m national scheme.

Their work will underpin once-in-a-generation work by Sport England, which will inform decision-making and could save taxpayers in Essex more than £58m.

In collaboration with Active Essex, councils, and public bodies our academics will find out why 27 per cent of the county’s residents are inactive and carry out less than 30 minutes of physical exercise each day.

They have already examined 27 different community projects to see how residents can get active.

Focusing on three test areas – Basildon, Colchester and Tendring - studies are focusing on families with dependent children, the over 45s and people with mental health issues.

The research is already proving vital as Active Essex help struggling families to stay fit.

“This research will provide further insight into the behaviours and specific needs of local residents so that we can influence change and continue to increase participation in sport and physical activity across our county.”
Jason Fergus Director of Active Essex and Head of the Essex Local Delivery Pilot

Work with us

There are lots of ways you and your organisation can benefit from our public health and wellbeing research and expertise.

We offer Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), consultancy, and contract research opportunities.

Our Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing is based at our Knowledge Gateway at the Colchester Campus and we’re looking for partners to join us. 

Our ambitious plans include opening up our public-facing clinics and services to even more people. We are also planning a new building where we’ll focus on health technology and wellbeing, including aging and assisted living, preventative health technology, and data analytics for health.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in partnering with us, funding us, or finding out more about our health and wellbeing research community. You can contact us at

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