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The Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IH&WB)

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing Research benefits from strong partnerships with other organisations across academia, healthcare, business and public society. Our research and evaluation services respond to key health and wellbeing challenges, and lead to innovation across many disciplines of human performance. Our aim is to make a meaningful contribution to the local, national, and where possible international community.

We also aim to provide a supportive environment for our postgraduate research students, and we particularly welcome applications for PhD study within our areas of expertise.


The vision of the Institute is to enhance wellbeing, reduce ill-health and enable a high quality of life to be experienced by all.


The Institute’s mission is to provide a supportive, multi-disciplinary environment to bring together diverse partnerships to deliver applied research, knowledge exchange and innovation in health and wellbeing across the human lifespan. 


The Institute of Health and Wellbeing Research brings together research expertise from across the University to support applied research and innovation in health, wellbeing and human performance. Key themes of expertise include:

Perinatal wellbeing 

Physical activity and sport 

Long term conditions 

Whole system approaches to wellbeing 

If you would like more information on our research or to explore collaborative opportunities, please do get in touch with the Institute Directors, Prof Valerie Gladwell and Prof Colin R. Martin: research@uos.ac.uk 


Institute Themes

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Find out about our research themes and current projects. 

Our People

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Take a look at who makes up the Institute of Health & Wellbeing.

News & Events

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Upcoming events and news bulletins within the Institute of Health & Wellbeing. 

Get in Touch

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How to contact us.

Looking for a PhD?

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Check out our Graduate School webpage and get in touch. Bursaries may be available. 

Our Team

Professor Gladwell is extremely passionate about enhancing lifelong health, helping people to achieve, thrive and flourish by utilising the five ways to wellbeing: be active, take notice, give, connect and learn. ...

Colin R Martin is the Clinical Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Suffolk, UK and Professor of Clinical Psychobiology and Applied Psychoneuroimmunology.  He is a Chartered Health Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist.  He also trained in analy...

Lucy supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk, providing administrative support for the Research Institutes and Research Institute Directors. Lucy is also the Committee Secretary for the University’s Staff Research Ethics Committee and the REF Working Gr...

Dr Cleo Protogerou is an applied health psychologist who received her BSc from the University of Social and Political Sciences (Panteion), Greece; her MSc from the University of Manchester, UK; and her PhD from the University of Bath, UK. Her research focuses on exploring psychologi...

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