PhD Studentships: exploring research-informed service change in the Scottish NHS

Funded PhD opportunities are available, hosted jointly by The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC), the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU), and The Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) at the Universities of Dundee & St Andrews. These studentships (fees plus stipend at Research Council rates) are to explore aspects of research-informed change in the Scottish NHS. More details can be found here or through links at and

Postgraduate Retreat 2016

SDHI is planning to host a 2-day retreat in 2016 for postgraduate students and early career researchers engaged in applied health research at the University of St Andrews or the University of Dundee.

PG retreat 2016

If you would be interested in attending then please let us know by contacting Rosanne Bell r.c.bell

PG retreat 2016


Designing for autism – Guildry Geddes Awards Exhibition 2015

Designing for Autism Exhibition Flyer

The exhibition showcases innovative design work of architectural students at the University of Dundee.  Over the course of last year, the Architectural Design Unit carried out in-depth research into designing for adults on the Autistic Spectrum. At present there is is shortage of suitable accommodation and facilities for adults with autism in the UK and few published design guidelines.

The students identified suitable sites within Dundee that are all currently vacant or earmarked for development. Each student went on to design a housing scheme which also incorporated a social enterprise element which could provide employment opportunities and embed the scheme within the community.

The exhibition takes place in Dundee Central Library, The Wellgate from the 21st September – 3rd October 2015.

A presentation and discussion of the project will take place on the opening night Monday 21st September 6-8pm.

New jobs in the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC)

The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) – of which SDHI is one of many collaborators – is seeking to fill several work-stream posts in the area of maternal and child health and older people. The job adverts are now live and have been posted on the Dundee university website. The posts include

· SNHS0001 – Research Fellow, Improvement in maternal and child health
· SNHS0002 – Research Fellow, Improvement in older people’s health and well-being
· SNHS0003 – Senior Research Fellow, Improvement in maternal and child health
· SNHS0004 – Senior Research Fellow, Improvement in older people’s health and well-being

Ideally these posts will attract health practitioners (with active professional registration) who will have the leadership and credibility to drive forward improvement initiatives and projects across Scotland. SISCC is looking for professionals with a strong background in leadership in a relevant health profession, with knowledge and expertise in both practice, research and/or education and the ability to lead the implementation of evidence-based change. As well as advertising these to the academic community, the posts are being offered as secondment opportunities from health and social care.

SDHI Welcomes New Associate Directors

Dr Wendy Moncur is a Reader in Socio-Digital Interaction at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee. Her highly acclaimed work focuses on the design of technology to support ‘being human in a Digital Age’. Wendy has in been affiliated with SDHI for the past year. Apart from bringing rich interdisciplinary working experiences to SDHI, she has also connected us with and instigated valuable collaborations with academic researchers and non-academic partners in Australia and the United States.

Professor Tim Croudace is a trained experimental and applied psychologist who is widely published and has worked at various higher education institutions including York and Cambridge before coming to the University of Dundee.  His research includes psychometric epidemiology, trials of health care interventions, and clinical evaluations, primarily in mental health but also in other areas of health care. Tim has been affiliated with SDHI since his arrival in Dundee in early 2015. Tim’s work will provide exciting interdisciplinary opportunities, not only in research but also in terms of capacity and capability building in the area of methodological innovation.

Professor Alex Baldacchino, accomplished consultant psychiatrist and academic will join us later this year when he takes up a chair in Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions at the University of St Andrews. Alex is currently NHS Fife Director for Research & Development and recently oversaw the opening of an on-site clinical research unit at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy in addition to a dedicated research facility in at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline, Fife. Alex has been connected to SDHI work since the early days of the Institute. In October this year, he will chair the prestigious International Society for Addiction Medicine conference in Dundee. He is also director of the Centre for Addiction Research and Education (CARES) at the University of Dundee.

The expansion of the management team is a reflection of the current SDHI strategy and strikes a balance between social science and health-related disciplines, the foundational institutions of SDHI and conceptual and practice focused concerns. Watch this space for further announcements in the near future.

SDHI colleagues nominated for Clinical Academic Research Awards 2015

Debbie and GavinCongratulations to Dr Debbie Baldie and Gavin Wylie in SDHI who have been nominated for the NMAHP Clinical Academic Research Awards 2015. These awards are open to all Scottish based Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals and will recognise excellence and be given for the following categories:

  • Innovation
    – of ideas, services or research methods
  • Impact or Potential for Impact
    – research that has had or has the potential to have significant impact on services and outcomes
    – research that has added important knowledge to inform the training of NMAHPs at undergraduate, postgraduate or CPD level
  • Personal Achievement/Development
    – early career researcher: individuals showing promise as potential high quality researchers
    – research leadership: examples of exemplary leadership either within an NHS or HEI context

Nominees will attend a national event in the Autumn in Edinburgh – where the winners will be announced.

Involving Service Users In Designing their Own Sensing Technologies to Help Manage Health Problems

Dr Katie Siek, Associate Professor for Informatics at Indiana University in Bloomington presented a very inspiring seminar today that was co-hosted between Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) and SDHI and chaired by Dr Wendy Moncur. If you missed the opportunity to attend the seminar or wish to listen again we are pleased to provide you with an audiopodcast of the event. IMG_2088