Supervising Masters students undertaking a systematic review – Workshop

Dr Steve MacGillivray, Centre for Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Applied Research in Health and Wellbeing is holding this 3 hour workshop which aims to equip both experienced and less experienced supervisors of Masters students with the skills to confidently guide their students through the planning, conduct and reporting of a systematic review. The workshop will include a combination of didactic and interactive activity.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday 27th May 2015 from 9.30am to 12.30pm in room 2F02, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee and is open to any staff within the Universities of Dundee or St Andrews who supervise Masters students.

The workshop is free but registration essential. To register please email

Earthquake Disaster Relief for Nepal

Please see the following message by Sheela Tripathee

Hi everyone,

My name is Sheela Tripathee. I am originally from Nepal. As you might have heard, on 25th April, 2015, Nepal has been seriously devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency. Already over 2,000 people have been pronounced dead with thousands of additional injured. Many homes as well as cultural and religious heritage sites have been destroyed. Many people have been displaced due to the destruction and continuing tremors. Immediate relief will entail search and rescue, medical care, food, water, and shelter. While the destruction in Kathmandu has been clearly visible in photographs that have circulated on the Internet, many rural areas have been similarly affected, where there is urgent need for rescue and relief.

I am a Volunteers for Nepal Scotland Friendship Forum (NSFF), a registered charitable organisation
(SC042759) and would like to request your generous support. Volunteers of NSFF, mostly members of small Nepali community here in Tayside Scotland are actively involved in raising fund to send back to through agencies which is actively involved in bringing relief on the ground both inside and outside the capital. We seek help from everyone to aid the immediate relief and long-term rebuilding effort to overcome the effects of this tragic earthquake.

You can donate through the link below.

Symposium – Challenging interventions with an obese society

ISBNPA St Andrews Brochure_Page_1This satellite meeting, on Monday 8th June 2015 at the University of St Andrews offers a range of interactive sessions, work-share structured discussions and a designer led approach to creative opportunities for increasing awareness and action around physical activity and diet for weight management. Presentations include recent work on new visual tools for assessing unhealthy body weight in children, effective communications and brief interventions.

Those with an interest in optimising communications about obesity research (involving diet and physical activity) are welcome to the meeting for an interactive day with time for sharing experiences, reflections and ideas.

There will be the opportunity for a walk and talk poster presentation session, with a prize for the most innovative presentation.

For more details see or contact (jc100 or (a.s.anderson

HSRN Symposium 1-2 July 2015 in Nottingham

Involved in Health Services Research? The Health Services Research Network (HSRN) is hosting their annual HSRN Symposium, 1-2 July 2015 in Nottingham. This provides the ideal opportunity for you to hear and discuss cutting edge health services research.  Come and listen, have your say, make your opinion count and network with the some of the leading health services researchers in the UK and internationally. Find out more here.

HSRN represents and connects everyone interested in health service innovation, evidence and improvement. It is the collective voice for health services research in policy and practice. It brings together those who produce and use evidence to improve services. You can find out more about HSRN here.

Vacancy: Director of the Alliance for Self Care Research

The Alliance for Self Care Research (ASCR) currently has a vacancy for a Director.  This post is open to any member of staff from the Universities of Dundee, St Andrews, Stirling or Aberdeen who have an interest in Self Care Research.  For further information please see Job spec.

“Managing doctors, doctors managing: Troubled relations at the heart of the NHS” A blog post by Huw Davies

Huw Davies, Co-Director of SDHI of Professor of Health Care Policy and Management at the University of St Andrews. is engaged in Nuffield Trust funded work on NHS management and culture on the back of the Francis inquiry and report into the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. Read about Huw’s insights and views in a recent blog post on the Nuffield Trust website.