Join us on Tuesday 5th December 2023 at the University of Edinburgh Business School to hear from leading experts and policy makers on the current thinking around the role businesses play in supporting healthy ageing at work, and view innovative practical solutions from the SHAW Project.

University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS
Date and time
Tuesday 5th December 2023, 9am–2pm

This complimentary event, organised by UEBS with Age Scotland, the CIPD and Business in the Community, aims to bring Scottish employers together in a conversation about how to develop and sustain age-inclusive workplaces and provide solutions to implement into working practices.


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As part of the event, you can choose to attend one of four one-hour workshops. The workshops will take place after the main event, and just before lunch.

Programme overview

Time Details
09:00–09:20 Registration, refreshments and networking
09:20–10:45 Welcome by Lee Ann Panglea (CIPD)

Keynote by Emma Roddick MSP, Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees

Keynote by Professor Kat Riach (University of Glasgow)

Introduction to project SHAW (Professor Wendy Loretto, project lead, University of Edinburgh Business School)
10:45–11:15 Refreshments and networking
11:15–12:00 Practical solutions and workplace health interventions
12:00–13:00 Workshops – select one (outlined below)
13:00–14:00 Next steps, networking and lunch


Financial wellbeing and Mid-Life Financial MOTs: Evidence and best practice

Hosted by Dr Lynne Robertson-Rose, SHAW

A financial MOT is an initiative to help individuals understand their financial situation, identify any areas of concern or potential risks, and develop a plan for achieving long-term goals. It can be particularly helpful for individuals who are experiencing significant life changes, such as, changing careers, or approaching retirement.

In this workshop, led by Dr Lynne Robertson-Rose, Co-I on project SHAW, we will discuss and try to answer the following questions:

  • What does the evidence tell us about the financial wellbeing of later life workers in the UK?
  • What is involved in a financial MOT?
  • How can employers set up low-cost financial MOTs?

During the workshop, Dr Robertson-Rose will introduce key findings from project SHAW on financial wellbeing in later life, and invite participants to share experiences and explore practical solutions, including some of the existing free online options as well as more tailored approaches.

The workshop will be of interest to anyone wanting to provide support to employees grappling with issues such as debt or pension planning.


Line Manager Training: Ageism at Work

Hosted by Age Scotland

In this workshop, experts from Age Scotland will showcase the line manager training programme, developed with SHAW project, and funded by the Scottish Government Workplace Equality Fund (2022-2024). The aim of the programme is to train 1,880 line managers over 2 years. The programme is available for free to Scottish employers until March 2024.

During this workshop, Age Scotland will provide a ‘taster’ session, with an aim to:

  • Raise awareness of Ageism in the workplace and its potential consequences for organisations and individuals.
  • Identify ways in which you can help to develop a more age inclusive workplace.
  • Develop skills in handling challenging workplace conversations around age
  • Discuss biases and myths about age.
  • Discuss Organisational/Team Culture – what does yours look like in relation to age?
  • Explore what an ‘age inclusive workplace’ is and what can you do to make your organisation more age-inclusive
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Women’s health, well-being and work in mid-later life

Delivered by Business in the Community (Anna Savage and Kate Hinder) and University of Edinburgh (Belinda Steffan, SHAW)

The ‘100 Year Life’ is here now and there is no such thing as a job for life or job security. The ‘squiggly career’ is characterised by change, uncertainty and possibility. Business in the Community have found that older workers often need support to recognise, value and articulate their transferable skills to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way.

The Supporting Heathy Ageing at Work project investigated how women’s health, focusing on menopause, is experienced at work in relation to a range of life domains: work, health, home. Project findings show that non-disclosure of menopause at work depends on the organisational audience and its reception of the complexity of women’s experiences of mid-later life. If mid-later life careers are characterised by change, so too are health and home throughout this life stage.

Overlapping the squiggly career with this intersectional complexity of work, health and home, we invite people to join our interactive workshop to explore how organisations can better support women in mid-later life, focusing on workplace retention.

The only thing that you can be sure of about the consequences of longer and healthier lives is that transitions will become routine. We will all need to become skilled transitionists, able to learn, grow and reinvent ourselves. Repeatedly.
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
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How do you cultivate an intrapreneurship culture in your organisation?

Delivered by: Healthier Working Lives (John Mathers and Tali Cahani) and THE LENS (Steve McCreadie)

Intrapreneurship harnesses the creativity, insights, and expertise of the people within organisations, creating opportunities to develop employees and their ideas, creating space, permission and sponsorship to make their ideas a reality.

This workshop will help you answer key questions leaders are asking. What if there was a way to stimulate innovation to enhance performance and empower your inter-generational workforce? What if there was a way to activate a community of Change-Makers who'll inspire and influence others?

The workshop will be led by John Mathers, former CEO of the Design Council and Enterprise lead on the Healthier Working Lives for older care workers programme and Steve McCreadie, CEO of The Lens who advises public and private sector organisations on how to power innovation through intrapreneurship.

Join this workshop, if you’d like to know how an empowering intrapreneurial culture impacts recruitment, retention, effectiveness and inter-generational well-being as we explore ways in which an intrapreneurial culture can be identified, nurtured, and implemented in your organisation today.