2015 ESRC Studentship Competition Announcement

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is pleased to announce the opening of their 2015 Studentship Competitions. All guidance, applications, and deadlines are now posted on the SGSSS website.

Successful project dissemination event on domestic abuse, disability and maternity care access

The interdisciplinary research team, consisting of SDHI researchers and colleagues from the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh as well as the NHS Fife met with funders (Wellbeing of Women), representatives of NGOs, health professionals and service users to discuss findings from a recent project involving literature reviews, individual interviews and focus groups. The study highlighted the need to address knowledge and psychosocial barriers to providing equitable maternity care services to disabled women who experience emotional, physical, sexual or financial forms of domestic abuse. A video of the presentations is now available here.


Trial Forge: Making trials more efficient

The University of St Andrews School of Medicine invites you to attend a public seminar: “TRIAL FORGE: making trials more efficient” presented by Professor Shaun Treweek from the University of Aberdeen.

Shaun Treweek flyer

This seminar will take place from 3pm-4pm on Thursday the 13th of November in Seminar Room 2, School of Medicine, Medical and Biological Sciences Building, University of St Andrews. All are welcome.

Please contact Gozde Ozakinci (go10 @st-andrews.ac.uk) for further information.

Webinar – Advancing Global Disability Data and Disability Inclusive Development

Thilo Kroll, Professor of Disability and Public Health Research and Co-DirecThilo Krolltor of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews will present a webinar Advancing Global Disability Data and Disability Inclusive Development – Recommendations from a United Nations Reporton Tuesday 16th December 2014 at 3pm. This is a FREE webinar and all are welcome to join.  To register or for further information please contact Rosanne (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk)

Visiting Associate Professor – Jason Prior from UTS to present seminar on 26th November

Jason-PriorJason Prior, Associate Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (IFS), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will present a seminar Dilemmas of planning, mapping and designing for health and wellbeing: intervention and regulationon Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 3pm in Room 1LG03, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee. This is a FREE seminar and all are welcome to attend.  Further details are available on the flyer

New venue – SDHI Research Showcase – Monday 1st December

The SDHI Research Showcase on Monday 1st December will now be held in The School of Physics and Astronomy, North Haugh, University of St Andrews from 2pm until around 7pm.  Researchers are invited to present their work and activities at various work stations.  There will be a short welcome address but mostly the event is meant as a bazaar for conversation and mingling.

If you would like to attend our Research Showcase either to present or merely to come along and see what others are doing then please register your interest with Fred Comerford (fac1 @st-andrews.ac.uk) or Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk)

Further information is available on the flyer or by contacting Fred or Rosanne

Disability statistics and international development agenda

from UN Enable Newsletter October 2014

On 23 October, the Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DESA), co-Chaired a Disability Data Conference in London organized by the Government of the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). The meeting served as a follow up to promote dissemination of the recommendations from the UN Expert Group Meeting on “Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation: The way forward, a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 8-10 July 2014. (http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1617). The meeting in London with bilateral donors and other stakeholders worked to encourage the strengthening and mainstreaming of disability data and statistics in development cooperation. The Conference focused on the use of the Washington Group short question set and discussed integration of disability components into broader statistical data collection efforts to address some of the inconsistencies and persistent challenges in national data collection on persons with disabilities. The meeting was framed in the context of the emerging post-2015 development framework and notion of “leaving no one behind” in future development actions.

SDHI will host a webinar on this topic in December.