Congratulations to Jenna Breckenridge on winning early career researcher award at University of Dundee College Symposium

SDHI affiliated researcher Dr Jenna Breckenridge has won the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing award for early career researchers. For two years in a row, SDHI researchers have won this prize. Last year, Dr Jacqui Morris received this award. Jenna is an occupational therapist by background and has worked as a qualitative researcher on a number of research projects. At present she is a postdoctoral researcher in the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC), which is supported by SDHI. Her research focuses on addressing the inequalities experienced by vulnerable or under-represented groups and improving the accessibility, delivery and evaluation of health and social care services.

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

Shared Knowledge Hub – Working together to tackle homelessness and poverty in Dundee

Congratulations to Dr Fernando Fernandes, Senior Lecturer in Inequalities and SDHI member who will be leading a public engagement project (Shared Knowledge Hub – Working together to tackle homelessness and poverty in Dundee) to connect students at the University of Dundee with community organisations and service users in Dundee around poverty and homelessness issues. The project is supported by a grant from the Revealing Research Public Engagement team. SDHI will provide support for this project. This initiative illustrates the commitment to work with communities to achieve change and is in line with SDHI’s strategy ‘Connecting to transform lives’.

The production of socio-symbolic marginality and the politics of disposability

FernandoA further seminar ‘The production of socio-symbolic marginality and the politics of disposability. Challenges for professionals working with marginalised groups’ will be presented by Dr Fernando Fernandes who is a Senior Lecturer in Inequalities at the University of Dundee. This seminar will be held on Thursday 4th December at 3pm and will be held in Room 2S15, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee. All are welcome to attend this FREE seminar.

For further information please see the flyer

Participation and Engagement in Research: challenges and opportunities

The School of Nursing & Midwifery’s ‘Addressing Inequalities Research Theme’ is hosting a 2 hour discussion event on the challenges and opportunities for participation and engagement in research.

Invited speakers Dr Terry Barber (School of Education, Social Work and Community Education) and Dr Bridget Johnston (School of Nursing & Midwifery) will be sharing their experiences and exploring ideas around the subject.

This is the first of a series of cross-university activities organised be the team that aim to contribute to the debate about research into inequalities.

The activity is open to all.

When: 15th May, 3-5pm

Where: Dalhousie 2F11

Contact: Dr Fernando Fernandes –

Collaboration with Community and Rehabilitation Reseachers in Arizona

The new year has begun with exciting new developments for SDHI. We have entered into a collaboration with a team of researchers based at various universities in Arizona, including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. On invitation by Research Professor Catherine Marshall who presented a seminar at SDHI in 2012, a group of rehabilitation, family, cancer and disability researchers from Arizona, Finland and the UK convened in Tucson in mid-January. Along with presentations (podcast 79) at the University of Arizona, Cancer Institute, individual meetings with community practitioners and researchers and students formed the basis for many new research ideas, projects, and ideas for collaboration. The group decided to launch a virtual research platform, called FRED (Family-focused Research, Education and Development in Low Income Communities), which will be filled with activities and life over the coming months. SDHI will be an integral partner to this initiative and we look forward to developing joint grant applications, work exchanges and seminars with our colleagues in North America and Finland. Over the coming weeks and months we will provide updates about the progress of this initiative.

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