New collaborative PhD applications invited by Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centres

In partnership with Skills Development Scotland up to 4 co-funded PhD awards have just been announced across the SGS-DTC for the 2013/14 academic year. Expressions of interest need to be sent to by 17 May 2013 with the deadline for full applications to be 7 June 2013.

Topics include:

• Gender & Occupational Segregation in Apprenticeships
• Career Management Skills
• Future Workforce and the Importance of STEM
• Employer Voice in the Skills System
• Transition from Education to Work
• Job Quality
• International Comparisons of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Systems.

Additional information and the application form can be found on the SGS-DTC Website.

Joining up local, national and global expertise

SDHI has received over 12,000 visits to its site since February 2012 and has the map below illustrates has achieved a near global reach in over 130 countries. As SDHI approaches its 10 year anniversary we will continue to join up local, national and global expertise to explore social dimensions topics through collaborative research and knowledge exchange events with the ultimate goal of transforming lives and communities. Image

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Understanding the challenges associated with compound caregiving responsibilities

In a one hour Webinar, Professor Liz Perkins from the University of South Florida discussed the complexities involved in compound caregiving responsibilities. Elisabeth Perkins is also the Associate Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities. In her presentation she focused on the situation of ageing parents of people with learning disabilities who may adopt additional caregiving roles and responsibilities for spouses or other relatives. The multi-layered circumstances do not only involve difficult decisions but frequently prolonged periods of physical and emotional stress – especially when additional caregivers or assistants are not available – with the potential of compromising health and wellbeing and ultimately functioning of the caregivers. The Webinar recording can be found here

Workshop – Interventions for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour

This 2-day residential interactive workshop will be held on 27 and 28 May at Dunblane Hydro where participants will work together to create new research ideas around sustaining behaviour change, promoting physical activity (PA) and reducing sedentary behaviour.  Application forms to be submitted by Friday 12th April. Further details are available on the sandpit flyer or at

DHP-Scotland Masterclass by Professor Rona Moss-Morris

A one-day masterclass entitled ‘Interventions to change symptom and illness perceptions to improve self-management in long-term conditions’ with Professor Rona Moss-Morris from King’s College, London will be held on Tuesday 25 June 2013 from 9am to 5pm at Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling.  For further information please see flyer

Scottish Longitudinal Study Introductory Training Workshop

The Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland will be holding a 1-day Introductory Training Workshop for the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) on June 6th in St Andrews.

The SLS consists of a 5.3% longitudinal sample of the Scottish population and includes data from the Censuses, Vital Events (births, deaths, marriages) and Education data. Further with appropriate permission ISD Health Data (cancers, maternity, etc) can be linked in.  As such it is an unparalleled resource for researchers in a variety of fields, including health, social policy, demography, geography and psychology.

Places on the course are limited to 25, so early booking is recommended.  Registration costs £25, which covers lunch, refreshments and training materials.

For more information please visit our website:, or contact