Published on 31/10/2022
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Aston University gears up for annual conference around financial wellbeing
  • The event is being jointly held by the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing at Aston University and the UK’s Money and Pension Service
  • The conference will consist of a series of panel discussions with industry experts 
  • Timpson Group CEO, James Timpson, will also hold a keynote talk.

The Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing (CPFW) at Aston University is set to hold its annual conference, Researching Personal Financial Wellbeing 2022.

The online event is being held jointly with the UK’s Money and Pension Service on Wednesday 9 November, during national Talk Money Week. 

It will explore how research activity from a wide variety of different perspectives is helping to understand what is happening in a variety of personal finance related areas but also how it should play a role in aiding the development of solutions to address these challenges.

The event will bring together those undertaking research in personal finance from a range of backgrounds and the users of this research to discuss the outcomes of a number of key current projects, and to together explore an agenda for where more work is needed in support of delivery of the five priority goals of the UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing.

The conference will consist of a series of panel discussions with speakers from Aston University, the Money and Pension Service, Citysave Credit Union, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, NEST Insight and SAGA as well as a number of other UK universities.

Timpson Group CEO, James Timpson, will lead a talk around corporate financial help.

Andy Lymer, centre director and professor of taxation and personal finance at Aston University, said:

“I am looking forward to hosting our annual conference at such an important time and unprecedented time.

“Ever increasing news coverage is being given to the pressing issues of personal financial wellbeing.

“The financial challenges currently facing UK households are unprecedented in recent times. They loom large for a significant and growing proportion of the population.

You can sign up to the event here.

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About the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing

Established in 2021, the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing is an interdisciplinary research centre that seeks to get the heart of the causes and consequences of personal and household financial insecurity.

It focuses on providing accessible and timely insights to support a wide range of leaders and decision makers including those in, the financial service industry, third sector organisations, academics as well as the general public.

The Centre’s research is focussed around three key themes, establishing effective ‘everyday’ personal finance wellbeing approaches, creating financial resilience and developing effective financial education for all ages.


About Talk Money Week

Held from 7 to 11 November, Talk Money Week aims to reduce the stigma around money by encouraging conversations among families, friends, neighbours, customers, colleagues and communities. Talking openly about money can have a huge impact on tackling money worries and is important for our overall health and relationships. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and pressures due to the rising cost of living has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money to look after our financial wellbeing.

Talk Money Week is also an annual opportunity to celebrate the work organisations like Aston University are doing to support the long-term UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing, launched by the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) in 2020 with support from stakeholders across the UK, which has ambitious ten-year goals to help everyone make the most of their money and pensions.

Its premise is to get more people talking about personal finance issues, and engaging with topics such as managing credit, saving regularly, planning for retirement, dealing with debt, and teaching children and young people about managing money.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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