University of Edinburgh based Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland announces 3 posts

The Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland (ADRC-S) based at the University of Edinburgh is currently advertising the following vacancies:

  1. Senior Research Fellow in Social Science Research (closing date 7th May 2014).

  1. 2 x Research Fellow in Social Science Research (closing date 21st April 2014).

New Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

SDHI is pleased to be a core partner of the The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre – a Scotland-wide initiative to improve quality of patient care and ensure that world-leading research leads to impact across society. The multidisciplinary initiative has been received £3.25 million of funding for 5 years from the Scottish Funding Council, the Chief Scientist Office, The Health Foundation, and NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The Centre will be based at the University of Dundee but it will be a large-scale collaboration involving universities, health boards, local authorities, patients, carers, communities and advocacy groups. It will be led by the University’s Professor Mary Renfrew and Professor Dilip Nathwani from NHS Tayside.

Several SDHI team members will contribute to this effort, including Co-Directors Davies and Kroll and Dr Jacqui Morris.

The Centre’s partners include:

Universities – Dundee, Stirling, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier, Strathclyde, West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian, with support from Coventry, University College London and Ottawa.

NHS Boards – Tayside, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Highland, Lothian, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran

Third sector, patient, carer and community perspective – Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, Ardgowan Hospice

National NHS – NHS Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Health Council, NHS National Service Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS 24, QI Hub

Local authorities – Perth and Kinross Council, South Lanarkshire Council

Scottish Government – Quality Unit

Private sector – Scottish Care

International improvement science partners – Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, USA, Qulturum Center for Learning and Innovation in Healthcare, Jönköping, Sweden

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) SFC is responsible for allocating public funds to colleges and universities in support of Scottish Government priorities. SFC’s funding contributes towards the costs of learning and teaching, skills development, research, innovation and other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment in Scotland’s 19 universities and 25 colleges

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) is part of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. It supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHSScotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is NHSScotland’s national education and training Board. They are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. They also work closely with a range of partners to deliver its vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. It wants the UK to have a healthcare system of the highest possible quality – safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. The Health Foundation believes that in order to achieve this health services need to continually improve the way they work. They inspire and create the space for people to make lasting improvements to health services. They also conduct research and evaluation, put ideas into practice through a range of improvement programmes, and develop leaders and share evidence to drive wider change

In the following months, we will bring you regular updates of the new Centre’s work.

MSc + PhD (1+3) Funded Studentship On Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr Gozde Ozakinci, Associate Director of SDHI and Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews is delighted to announce a 1+3 studentship on cardiac rehabilitation funded by Scottish Graduate School of Social Science-Doctoral Training Centre. This is ideal for a student who wishes to do an MSc in Health Psychology at the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews first and after its successful completion, a PhD on cardiac rehabilitation for people of working age. You will find detailed information here.

The deadline for application is 5th May. Please get in touch with Gozde if you have any queries (go10

e-Seminar on Nvivo

QSR International, the makers of the qualitative software NVivo are holding an e-seminar on 23rd April 2014 on using NVivo in focus group research.  Dr Kristi Winters, GESIS, Cologne, Germany and Dr Edzia Carvalho from the University of Dundee will be running this e-seminar for members from within and outside academia. The seminar will focus on their research using the Qualitative Election Study of Britain, the first panel election study to use qualitative methods to examine issues related to electoral behaviour and political communication in Britain.

Registration for the event is through the link below

SDHI Postgraduate Retreat – 29th-30th September 2014

PG Retreat 2013

PG Retreat 2014






Following on from a very successful retreat in October 2013, SDHI will be hosting a further 2-day retreat for postgraduate students and early career researchers engaged in applied health research from Monday 29th to Tuesday 30th September 2014 at Kindrogan FSC. Further details will be available soon! To register you interest in attending please contact Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell

CECHR Workshop – Social Dimensions of Environmental Change

CECHR is organising a workshop to take place on Thursday 24th April called ‘Social Dimensions of Environmental Change’ which has the aim of facilitating research collaborations across the University under the broad theme of ‘environmental and social sustainability’.

Responding to global environmental change requires research and input from the social sciences in addition to the natural sciences, ranging from education, to social work, politics, anthropology, economics, geography, law and many more. Social issues relating to environmental change are diverse, and include, for example, issues relating to policy, politics and participation, legislation and regulation, reforming institutions, socio-economic structures, social justice and inequality, personal and societal values, beliefs and worldviews. The University of Dundee, and especially with its new remit for transformation, is well placed to provide research expertise to inform these issues and to generate significant research impact. However, much of this expertise is located widely across the University. This event therefore aims to provide opportunities for those with diverse expertise in understanding human social systems to network and explore collaboration in relation to environmental and social sustainability. The facilitated workshop will also include identification of potential joint research projects. The workshop will primarily involve participation and facilitated discussion.

Further details can be found here

If you would like to attend please register by emailing Louise Henderson (cechr