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14:00 - 17:00 20 July 2018

Loneliness: challenges in definition and measurement


Room 642 | UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Pamela Qualter, Professor for Education, University of Manchester, Professor of Psychology for Education at the University of Manchester. Pamela is one of the UK’s leading experts in the field of child and adolescent loneliness and social and emotional skills within education. Pamela has been a lead researcher on the largest study of loneliness to date - the BBC Loneliness Experiment.
Dr Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Senior Lecturer, UCL Division of Psychiatry, Dr Bryn Lloyd-Evans is a senior lecturer in mental health and social care at UCL. Bryn's research focuses on social relationships across different mental health conditions. Recently, Bryn has developed and tested a programme to increase community connections and reduce loneliness for people with complex mental health needs.

Why loneliness?

In the UK, 1 in 8 adults report having no close friends, 17% of older adults have contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 40% of those aged 75+ live alone.

What is the best way to define and measure loneliness in today's societies? In this seminar, we will discuss this multifaceted and complex issue.


14:00-14:10: Welcome

14:10-14:55 Speaker: Professor Pamela Qualter, Institute of Education, The University of Manchester Title: Loneliness among youth: Findings so far and directions for future work

15:00-15:30 Speaker: Dr Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Division of Psychiatry, University College London Title: Social relationships in mental health: what should we measure and how?

15:30-16:00: Q&A/Discussion

16:00-17:00: Networking reception

About the seminar series

This seminar is part of an inter-disciplinary seminar series run by the Social Connections, Cohesion and Health (SOCCAH) group at UCL and funded by the Grand Challenges.


Jean Stafford
+44 (0)20 7679 9159 | jean.stafford.14@ucl.ac.uk


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