A Message from SDHI Co-Director Thilo Kroll: I would like to thank the SDHI Team for making my time in SDHI over the past (nearly) six years not only an extremely gratifying and successful journey but an exciting and creative one. It has been amazing to work with so many wonderful people and truly inspiring. The journey into ever new interdisciplinary collaborative adventures has created impactful work and formed many lasting friendships and professional relationships. And it would not have been possible without an outstanding administrative team around Dr Fred Comerford and Mrs Rosanne Bell.
I have learned a lot in those years. The universities of Dundee and St Andrews are phenomenal institutions, rich in innovative and multi-disciplinary potential as are the communities which they serve locally, nationally and globally. May this exciting journey continue for a long time with new collaborations forming. I know it will. I look back with great fondness at my 11 years in Dundee in SDHI and the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Thank you and all the very best for the future.
Congratulations to Gozde Ozakinci, Associate Director of SDHI and Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews who along with colleagues Sophie Lebel, Gerald Humphris, Belinda Thewes, Judith Prins, Andreas Dinkel and Phyllis Butow have recently had their paper ‘Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence’published in the journal Psycho-Oncology
In a joint event with Health and Care Research Wales, RURU will explore the ways that meaningful dialogue can be facilitated. The day will focus on supporting dialogue around various types of knowledge that might inform frontline services in health care, social care, education and associated services and partners. The intention is that outputs should include an academic journal article.
This event will take place on Monday 21 March, 2016 in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews
Congratulations 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……
Congratulations 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……
SDHI is delighted to once again be hosting a 2-day retreat for postgraduate students and early career researchers engaged in applied health research from Monday 6th to Tuesday 7th June 2016. The retreat will be held at Kindrogan Field Centre near Pitlochry and is open to all (health-related) researchers in the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee with a preference for those who self-define as ‘early-career’. Accommodation and meals are included in the retreat fee. To register your interest in attending the retreat please contact Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk).
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 www.siscc.dundee.ac.uk and www.ruru.ac.uk.
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 www.siscc.dundee.ac.uk, and www.ruru.ac.uk