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Annual Conference - Stress & resilience

11th-13th May 2018, Warwick University


Every year OUPS holds an applied psychology conference, inviting top psychologists to talk on a specific area of psychology to give delegates the opportunity to hear experts in the field present up to date research on a specific area of psychology and to provide a forum for informed discussion.

Our Annual Conference in 2018, for OU students and anyone with an interest in the subject, will be on the ‘Stress and resilience.’ This will be presented to be of interest to both academics and lay persons.


We are developing two strands in our Stress and Resilience Conference.
The first relates to biology, evolution and health. Our three confirmed speakers in this area are:
  • Professor Frederick Toates (Open University) will gives the biological background to stress; provisionally talking on “Lessons to be learned from the study of brain, motivation and behaviour”.
  • Dr Gillian Ragsdale (Ronin Institute) will take an evolutionary perspective; talking on transgenerational transmission of stress via epigenetic processes.
  • Professor Angela Clow will look at health implications; talking about how health is affected by stress (for instance how stress impacts upon circadian rhythms and becomes a major route to physical and mental ill-health and decreases in cognitive function).
Our other stream is more work/occupation oriented. Our agreed speakers here are:
  • Professor Andrew Oswald (Warwick) will be talking on ‘Modern Research on Happiness and Mental Well-being’
  • Dr Jim White (Director of Stress Control Ltd): 'Stress control: getting beneath the tip of the iceberg'?
  • Professor Stephen Palmer (Middlesex University, London): ‘How to reduce stress, enhance resilience and wellbeing’.
  • Professor Ivan Robertson (Founding director of Robertson Cooper Ltd): ‘Psychological wellbeing at work: causes and consequences?’
And, for the Saturday evening session, Jim Handley will run a workshop on stress, resilience and coping in OU students (using examples from OUPS members’ responses to a survey). The workshop will address the nature of stress, coping and resilience and the of sources of stress, responses to stress and coping strategies; and how to develop a personal action plan.
The conference will be introduced by OUPS Vice-Chair Alan Pechey.

What to expect

The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival.

You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complementary access to the  gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.

There are welcome drinks and also a psychology book stall, and these are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone. All meals are included in the price of the weekend.

Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!


The weekend takes place at Scarman House, The University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.

Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.


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Travel and directions

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