April Bulletin 2018

Hello and welcome to our April bulletin. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and much much more.

Our Outdoors drop-in event

Thank you to everyone who took in our Experimentarium event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) between 9th to 13th April at Summerhall. Hundreds of people took part in a number of interactive activities exploring how the outdoor environments we spend time in affect our health and wellbeing.
Over the 5 days of the Experimentarium over 1500 people visited the six events, including our own.
At Our Outdoors drop-in event:

  • 300 leaves for our ideas tree were written about what people “like” and “don’t like” about shared outdoor spaces
  • 33 people told us what they “like” and “don’t like” about outdoor spaces that include water
  • 78 people wrote and drew on our graffiti wall to tell us about their favourite outdoor spaces and why?
  • Over 130 spaces that make people feel “happy and healthy” or “unhappy and unhealthy” were built using Lego

A big thank you to EISF and Summerhall for hosting us at the Experimentarium and to everyone at SCPHRP who helped develop and facilitate the event (Laura, Sam, Greig, John, Jillian, Kathleen and Ruth). A special thank you to Stuart England for constructing our event space and building our ideas tree and other props.
For further information, please contact Hannah at hannah.bigs@ed.ac.uk

An Evaluability Assessment of the Data Education in Schools programme

SCPHRP’s Larry Doi and Laura Tirman, have recently received funding to undertake an Evaluability Assessment of the Data Education in Schools programme. The Evaluability Assessment will look at the outcomes for the Data Education in Schools programme and consider how best they can be evaluated. Data Education in Schools programme is part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal (ESESCRD).
The ESESCRD (http://www.acceleratinggrowth.org.uk) is a partnership between local authorities, government, universities, colleges and other stakeholders. The local authorities include Edinburgh, Borders, Fife, and East, West and Mid Lothian. A major focus of the Deal is on data driven innovation; consequently there is a need to develop data education in schools to address the growing skills shortage in this area. The Evaluability Assessment process will involve a range of stakeholders across Scotland and will begin in May 2018. Please contact Larry at larry.doi@ed.ac.uk if you require further information about this project.

Pint of Science May 14th-16

A 3 day festival that will take place in pubs around Edinburgh (and around the world), with different themes for each pub. The aim of Pint of Science is to have leading scientists give a talk about their research to the general public. The pub environment allows for a more relaxed atmosphere where the audience can engage with the research community in their city.
Dr Claudia Pagliari from the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh will be giving a talk on health technology and society on May 14th.

Health in Mind

SCPHRP’s Laura Tirman will be running the Edinburgh Half Marathon on 27th May for Health in Mind (a Charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland).
If you would like to lend your support and donate to Health in Mind, please visit Laura’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-tirman

Ingenious Women Scotland 2018 programme

SCPHRP’s Louise Marryat recently attended the first of a series of three weekends of the Ingenious Women Scotland 2018 programme.
Ingenious Women Scotland brings together 30 women from across Scotland working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The programme aims to empower women in STEM roles to ‘take control of their professional development and careers’. It covers three areas across the three weekends: creativity, cash and control. “As someone who tends to think of themselves as not terribly creative, in the traditional ‘arty’ sense, it was no surprise that I found the first weekend on creativity something of a challenge! We were taught, however, the daily techniques to practise in order to think more creatively. The first of these was to simply notice more of what we seen in terms of marketing around us. I was surprised how much of my daily life I screened out until starting this process. Other habits included recording, collaborating, and, my personal favourite, ‘being weird‘”!
For more info on IWS, and a great blog on the creativity cycle, see https://ingenious-women.com/2018/04/22/thinking-outside-the-triangle-and-the-creativity-cycle/

Adolescents and health-related behaviour: using a framework to develop interventions to support positive behaviours

Jan Pringle, Lawrence Doi, Divya Jindal-Snape, Ruth Jepson and John McAteer
Correspondence: jpringl2@exseed.ed.ac.uk

Exposure to liquid sweetness in early childhood: artificially‐sweetened and sugar‐sweetened beverage consumption at 4–5 years and risk of overweight and obesity at 7–8 years.

Macintyre, A. K., Marryat, L., and Chambers, S.

New report: A systematic review of adolescent physiological development and its relationship with health related behaviour

Adolescence is a time when major changes take place in the body.  As such, it is a unique period of change offering the chance to support young people’s health. John McAteer, Jan Pringle and Ruth Jepson, with colleagues at NHS Health Scotland (Neil Anand & Emma Hogg), University College London (Sarah-Jayne Blakemore) and the University of Oregon (Kathryn Mills) recently published a report with the aim of understanding the relationship between bodily changes and health-related behaviours in adolescence.  The report concludes with a number of implications for research, policy and practice.
You can read more here (http://www.healthscotland.scot/publications/a-systematic-review-of-adolescent-physiological-development-and-its-relationship-with-health-related-behaviour)

Meta-ethnography: issues in conduct and reporting. Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill Campus on Thursday 24 May from 1-4pm

An interactive workshop on meta-ethnography conduct and reporting as part of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology’s (IIQM) ‘TQ2U’ Travelling Workshop
The interactive workshop will give participants hands-on experience of some of the complex processes  in meta-ethnography conduct, including the analytic synthesis processes of ‘translation’ and ‘synthesising translations.’ It will also cover some of the challenges in reporting of meta-ethnographies.
Read more…


1 day course – Thursday 17th May 2018
**Booking for this course will close 2nd May 2018**

Course Overview: If the review is to be delivered in a shorter time frame or a smaller budget it may seem inevitable that it will no longer be able to remain transparent, rigorous, exhaustive and comprehensive. What are the implications of any shortcuts that might be taken? Can we measure the impact of such shortcuts? Which methods might be adopted when undertaking a rapid review? What do commissioners want? What is the balance between working smarter and short changing the commissioners? How do you create a team that can work together more efficiently within a shorter timescale? These questions will be explored through a detailed examination of tools that can be used and adapted to meet the particular needs of each rapid review.
Link to further course information

2018 Active Travel Conference

Date: 30 May 2018 Venue: Perth Concert Hall

With a theme of ‘Towards 2028  – seeing more people travel actively’, the conference will look back at some of the achievements of the last ten years, but more importantly look forward to the next decade of promoting Active Travel in Scotland. Read more…

Become a Street Warrior Street Fit Scotland

If you are homeless, in a hostel, Bed & Breakfast, rehab, supported accommodation or feeling isolated, Street Fit Scotland want you to become a street warrior! Join them at Edinburgh Meadows for a free outdoor bootcamp (Beside the tennis courts).
Get fit in the fresh air – HAVE FUN AND FEEL FANTASTIC!
FROM: Wednesday 9th May 7pm – 8pm UNTIL: Wednesday 29th August 7pm – 8pm
Read more…

And finally…

Thank you for taking the time to read our latest bulletin.
We’re always keen to hear from you too – so get in touch if you’d like to share your news, views and comments. In the meantime, it’s bye from all of us at SCPHRP, until next time.
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September bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – September Bulletin 2017


  • Welcome to our new PhD students

Mary Allison is co-supervised by Ailsa Niven (PAHRC) and SCPHRPs Ruth Jepson and will be undertaking a PhD on Workplace Step Count Challenges.
Mary’s on twitter @MaryWestview
Gosaye Fida is co-supervised by Ruth and Charlotte Clarke (Health in Social Sciences), and will be undertaking a PhD around the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

  • UPDATE from Greig Inglis

On 1st September SCPHRPs Greig presented some early work on public attitudes toward income inequality at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Social Psychology Conference in Leicester. The title of the presentation was “Causal attributions of poverty and wealth both predict support for income redistribution in the UK.”
Last week Greig was invited to contribute to a day-long session on social justice for undergraduate students in Education. He delivered four workshops throughout the day to trainee teachers on child poverty, health inequalities and education. The sessions were well received and generated a lot of interest amongst the students. He’ll be following up on this work with some more activities in the future, including a full lecture to Education students in the new year.

  • UPDATE from Jan Pringle

SCPHRP’s systematic reviewer Jan has been invited to present a poster at the Public Health Science conference in London on 24th Nov. The poster will highlight a review of early learning and childcare, carried out with colleagues from NHS Health Scotland, as part of the PHEN collaboration (Public Health Evidence Network). The particular focus of the review was on parental outcomes, and the conference will be an excellent forum to showcase the collaboration. The study abstract will be published in the Lancet around the same time as the conference
Jan also had the adolescent sexual behaviour paper published last month in Cogent Social Sciences. The title is: The physiology of adolescent sexual behaviour: a systematic review.

  • UPDATE from Audrey Buelo

Audrey, SCPHRPs new PhD student, attended the European Respiratory Society Congress in Milan in mid-September to present the results of a systematic review she conducted last fall with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
The project, supervised by Professor Hilary Pinnock, was a systematic review of risk factors associated with asthma attacks in children with asthma. The abstract was one of seven abstracts allocated to an oral presentation, out of over 90 abstracts submitted for the Primary Care session at the conference. Audrey presented the research to over 300 clinicians and researchers at the session. The talk was very well-received and people were especially interested in the clinical applications of understanding these risk factors.

  • Forest School Project

Girls experiences of Forest School: A qualitative evaluation of the impacts of a Forest School personal development programme for 12-13 year-old girls upon wellbeing, resilience, and community outcomes.
The project has been designed in collaboration with the Nature Unlimited staff, who requested the data collection and study in order to rigorously evaluate their programme and intervention. Adolescent girls who are taking part in the Forest School development program will be interviewed by the primary researcher, Jillian Manner.

  • EVENT: Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world

Have you built a woodland den recently? When was the last time you walked barefoot through the grass? Do you let your children climb trees?
24 October 6.30pm – 8.00pm at George Square Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD. Read more and register..

  • See Me Scotland PRESS RELEASE

THE HEADS of the Scottish health and social care services have come together for the first time to look at how to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the sector.
See Me say that mental health is not treated equally to physical health, which can lead to people experiencing stigma and discrimination, or having mental health needs neglected when experiencing problems with their physical health.
To change this, representatives at the event discussed how to ensure health and social care professionals are equipped to look after the whole person and treat physical and mental health together, providing the parity the Scottish Government aims to achieve in the new Mental Health Strategy.


SCPHRP’s Hannah Biggs and Alexandra Blair attended Children in Scotland’s (CIS) Networking Event on September 19, 2017 at Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh). Over the course of the evening, CIS unveiled their new branding and premiered a short film outlining their vision.

  • CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND Annual Conference 2017 – 8 & 9 Nov at Murryfield Stadium

Children in Scotland annual children’s sector flagship event is a unique opportunity for those who work within the sector to meet, network, learn and debate the key issues facing the sector today.
This year, they’ll be asking – if not you, then who? You’ll have the opportunity to explore, discuss and plan how you can make a positive difference to the lives of the children and young people you work with. Read more and register..

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Children in Scotland’s (CIS) Networking Event

SCPHRP at Children in Scotland’s Networking Event (September 19, 2017)

SCPHRP’s Hannah Biggs and Alexandra Blair attended Children in Scotland’s (CIS) Networking Event on September 19, 2017 at Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh). Over the course of the evening, CIS unveiled their new branding and premiered a short film outlining their vision. The event also presented a great opportunity to learn about CIS’ activities through a number of presentation and films about some of the work they have done in partnership. More broadly, the event was an opportunity to learn about the Third Sector’s involvement in advocacy for children’s rights and well-being and the insights from the evening will no doubt contribute to SCPHRP’s work on areas of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), health inequalities, and participatory research design.


Latest Projects

HiSS Winter Fair for Research Policy & Practice 2019 (November 13, 2019)

We will be hosting an event to bring third sector, industry, government and healthcare organisations together with staff and students in the School of Health in Social Science. Join us for a fun and interactive fair, which aims to connect organisations doing work that may be of interest to staff and students. Attendees will have […]

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Brown Bag Series: Episode 2 (October 30, 2019)

Participation levels and media representation of girls & women in physical activity in Scotland Wednesday 13 November 2019 Guest speakers: Audrey Buelo and Jillian Manner Regular physical activity is important for long-term physical and mental health. However, girls and women are consistently identified as less active than boys and men. The reasons for this are […]

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HiSS research methods community (October 22, 2019)

These sessions are open to students and staff across the School of Health in Social Science. They will focus on learning and supporting each other in regards to research methods. The aim is to learn about methods, share ideas of research, and help each other with methodological methods and encourage the sharing of best practice from […]

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