New Years Honours for Professor Annalu Waller and Professor Paul Boyle

AnnaluCongratulations to Professor Annalu Waller, Chair of Human Communication Technologies at the University of Dundee and associate member of SDHI, who has been awarded an OBE for her services to people with complex communication needs.

Professor Waller has been based in Computing at the University since 1989 and has helped established Dundee’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for research into augmentative and alternative communication technologies for people with severe communication difficulties.  She works closely with children and adults with disabilities, involving service users in the development of innovative technologies.  Read further here……

Paul Boyle2Congratulations also to Professor Paul Boyle (founding Director of SDHI) and now President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester who has been awarded a CBE in recognition for services to Social Science.  The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) is awarded for having a role at national level, or a leading role at regional level, and for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Prior to his appointment at Leicester, Professor Boyle was the Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research.   Before joining the ESRC, Professor Boyle was Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews and Director of SDHI and has published widely in Demography and Epidemiology.  Read further here……

ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences PhD Studentships 2016

The ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences has listed the upcoming ESRC PhD studentship competitions for 2015/16 on its website (see below). Awards will be made in three areas.

These are 1) the collaborative competition

2) the Skills Development Scotland competition competition

and 3) the Pathway, Open and Advanced Quantitative Methods competitions

ESRC NCRM Autumn School 2015 for Early Career Researchers: Radical Interdisciplinarity in the social sciences

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) will be holding the tenth residential training event for early career researchers on 9-11 September 2015 in Edinburgh. The Autumn School is led by Professor Graham Crow.

The NCRM Autumn School programme is designed to cover various aspects of the methodological implications of research and researchers moving across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. Recently there have been interesting and challenging debates about social sciences being ‘shaken up’ in radical ways as ideas and methodological practices cross the boundaries of the social sciences. For example, see Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald’s thought-provoking article ‘Do the social sciences need a shake up?

There are 25 fully funded (travel, accommodation) places for early career researchers from across the social sciences, including some from NCRM, some from other academic institutions, and some from other sectors. The audience will be mixed in terms of disciplines, methodological traditions and substantive areas of research.

Further information is available here

Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer School 2015 Online Booking System Now Open

The programme for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer School 2015 has been finalised with a lot of interesting and relevant sessions.

The Summer School runs between Monday 8th and Friday 12th June, in Edinburgh. This year, we have opted to have all courses in the same week: a selection of sessions on research and transferable skills, and software training, for students from across the social sciences (irrespective of funding source!!!).

The online booking system is now open and students, irrespective of geographic location or PhD funding, are welcome to book. By popular demand we will have daily rates rather than weekly, and the cost is just £20 per day.

In addition, there are lunchtime events on internships and international students, plus an opportunity to meet leading early career academics. In the evenings there will be a drinks reception, a pub quiz, a film screening and an outdoor social event.

Please tell your students and your colleagues about Summer School 2015, and look at the SGSSS website for more details about the sessions. There will also be a poster available shortly – please get in touch if you’d like a copy to display!

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the SGSSS Events team by email:

Glasgow University PhD studentship available on Health Inequalities and Multimorbidity

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Project title: Health inequalities and multimorbidity: exploiting administrative data to understand the role of social care

Type of award: Scottish Government/ESRC Collaborative Studentship (+3) Closing date for applications: Friday 16 January 2015

Date for interviews: Thursday 29 January

Start date: by 1st October 2015

Summary: Applications are invited from outstanding quantitative social scientists (or from other relevant disciplines) with an interest in pioneering the use of administrative data to examine the problems of multimorbidity (the co-existence of 2 or more chronic conditions within an individual) and the role played by health and social care services. The PhD studentship is funded collaboratively by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre on behalf of the ESRC.
The successful applicant will have an interest in the substantive problems of multimorbidity and in the challenges of understanding the role of health and social care services in the development of health conditions. They will be keen to exploit the potential offered by rapidly-expanding access to linked administrative datasets but also keen to explore critically the strengths and weaknesses of such data. They will need to meet the ESRC research training and residency requirements (see ‘Eligibility’ below).
The studentship will provide an unrivalled opportunity to develop valuable expertise and experience in this kind of work through close links with three major centres for the analysis of administrative data:
• the ERSC-funded Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), located in the University of Glasgow and the base for this studentship, and focussed on local authority and business data;
• the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC Scotland), focussed on national administrative datasets, including those for health and social care; and
• the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, part of the Farr Institute for Scotland, which provisions local health data for research.
The student will benefit from excellent supervisory support. The lead supervisor, Professor Nick Bailey, is Associate Director of the UBDC and is also involved in the ADRC Scotland. He is located within Urban Studies, one of Europe’s leading centres for inter-disciplinary urban research, with a strong interest in the role played by public services in producing equitable outcomes for citizens. The student will also besupervised by: Professor Stewart Mercer, General Practice and Primary Care and National Lead for Multimorbidity Research within the Scottish School of Primary Care; and Professor Colin McCowan, Robertson Centre for Biostatistics with 10 years experience working with routine health and care datasets.
Studentship award: Funding will be available for a 3 year PhD programme and will cover fees, research and training expenses and an annual stipend of £14,002 (tbc).
Eligibility: Applicants must have a good first degree (2.1. or higher) in the social sciences or another relevant discipline (such as statistics, psychology, or other health-related subjects). They should also be able to demonstrate that they meet the ESRC research training requirements: successful completion of Masters-level courses in basic quantitative methods, in basic qualitative methods and in social theory for social scientists. Students with strong quantitative skills who do not have the required training in qualitative methods and/or social theory may be considered. In these cases, the award of the studentship will be conditional on them successfully completing agreed training during their first year. A good grounding in quantitative methods is essential, however, given the nature of the PhD.
Students due to complete a Masters programme prior to October 2015 are encouraged to apply although any award may be contingent on final results. In exceptional cases, applicants may be exempt from the research training requirement if they can demonstrate excellent research skills obtained through previous employment.
The studentship has residency requirements in addition to academic requirements. Funding for fees is only available to people who are ‘ordinarily resident in an EU state’ while the stipend is only payable to people who are also ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’. For further information on these requirements, please see: students/eligibility/index.aspx
The selected candidate will need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School Doctoral Training Centre.
How to apply:
The closing date for applications is Friday 16 January 2015 with interviews to be held with short-listed candidates on Thursday 29 January. Applications should be made online to the College of Social Sciences Graduate School and should include a two- page statement of your interest in the advertised topic. online/
For general information including suitability of existing research training or eligibility, please contact Dr Mhairi Mackenzie, Convenor of the Doctoral Programme at For specific information on the PhD, please contact Nick Bailey at

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.

PhD Opportunity – Evidencing the role of social care for people with multi-morbidities – a mixed methods project to understand and successfully analyse linked health and social care data on older people

This collaborative ESRC / Scottish Government funded PhD studentship project will examine a broad range of issues around understanding, interpreting and using linked health and social care data. The project is a collaboration between the University of Dundee, University of Stirling and the Scottish Government Analytical Services Division.

Application Closing Date:  Saturday, May 31, 2014

For further information please follow the links below