July Bulletin



Yvonne is on her way to Oz

We said goodbye to SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird earlier on this month. Yvonne has accepted a new
position at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Prevention and Health Promotion and will
start her new role at the beginning of August. Yvonne will continue to work with SCPHRP in a
new capacity. Good luck ‘down under’ Yvonne!

Divya’s graduation

SCPHRP’s Divya Sivaramakrishnan attended her PhD graduation ceremony on 5th July. Divya
completed her PhD on developing a yoga programme for older adults in Scotland with the
Physical Activity for Health Research Centre. The ceremony was held at McEwan hall, with a
surprise party in the evening organised by SCPHRP. Congratulations Divya!

Jillian Manner finishes her Masters of Public Health

SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has finished her Master of Public Health specialising in Socio-
Behavioural Sciences through the University of Waterloo in her home country of Canada. She
completed the course at a distance whilst working as a full time Research Assistant at SCPHRP.
She had the opportunity to present about her experiences living working at SCPHRP. Jillian is
currently working on SCPHRP’s Stand Up for Health project. Well done Jillian!


New Research project: Supporting community recovery and reducing
readmission risk following critical illness

SCPHRP’s Larry Doi, Audrey Buelo and Jan Pringle are currently working on a project that
is using Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development (6SQuID) framework to develop an
intervention designed to support recovery and community living after life-threatening critical
illness. Hopefully, the intervention could help reduce the 45-50% chance of unplanned
rehospitalisation within 3 months for intensive care survivors with complex health and psychosocial
needs. The project is being funded by the Chief Scientist Office and is led by Professor
Timothy Walsh (Lead of Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group).
Contact Larry at larry.doi@ed.ac.uk if you would like further information about the project.

Stand Up For Health


SCPHRP’s Director Ruth Jepson along with Divya Sivaramakrishnan and Jillian Manner completed the first round of events in three contact centres for the Stand Up for Health project.Over the next year the project team will be travelling to an additional seven contact centres to host events, and collect baseline and follow-up data to evaluate the Stand Up for Health intervention. They had a blast during the first few events, and met lots of enthusiastic contact centre employees who wanted to take part. The picture on the left is the first employee to sign up!

For more information on the Stand Up for Health Project visit www.standupforhealth.co.uk

20MPH Project

The University of East Anglia UEA have developed a short animation explaining the 20mph
project. Thanks to Dr Karen Milton for co-ordinating the animation, and to Dr Ruth Hunter for
providing the narration. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel


Jessica Hafetz Mirman has published a new paper, Characterizing the learning-to-drive period
for teens with attention deficits in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Tobacco Control Policy in Scotland: A Qualitative Study of Expert Views on Successes, Challenges and Future Actions
Yvonne Laird, Fiona Myers, Garth Reid and John McAteer

A theory based evaluation of an intervention to promote positive health behaviours and reduce social isolation in people experiencing homelessness
Stephen Malden, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird, John McAteer

Daines, L., McLean, S., Buelo, A., Lewis, S., Sheikh, A. and Pinnock, H., 2019. Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 29(1), p.19.

Epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Explaining the phenomenon in South Asians
worldwide https://global.oup.com/academic/product/epidemic-of-cardiovascular-disease-anddiabetes- 9780198833246?cc=gb&lang=en&


‘SCPHRP Meets…’ Dr Elizabeth Ablah, University of Kansas – Wichita Associate Professor.

Dr Ablah met up with SCPHRP to discuss her WorkWell KS initiative.

Watch the video on our YouTube Channel here.

For more ‘SCPHRP Meets…’ videos and others, please check out and subscribe to our SCPHRP YouTube Channel



GCRF Online Community Platform

UKRI has launched a new online platform to facilitate researchers, technologists, practitioners
and professionals interested in the sustainable development goals to network around GCRF
themes and funding. Please consider registering and highlight this platform to your international
collaborators. University UK International (UUKi) seeking academics interested in Newton Fund

UUKi are supporting Newton Fund country researchers in finding UK partners. They are
compiling a database of UK researchers who would like to be contacted by UUKi, should a
relevant Newton partner/collaboration request be received.


GCRF-BBSRC-NERC: Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture and Aquaculture Production Translation Call
Closing date: 18 Sep 2019 (£3.4m to support 12-16 projects)

Funding to accelerate the uptake and impact of BBSRC or NERC funded research into practical application, supporting interdisciplinary projects to address food security development and environmental challenges related to food production in LMICs.

GCRF-EPSRC-Innovate-DFID: Energy catalyst round 7
Closing date: 18 September 2019

Projects must encourage the development of products and services that support countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia (or both) to access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

There are three strands of funding available:

Early stage (£50k – £300k)
Mid stage (£50k – £1.5m)
Late stage (£50k – £5m)

GCRF-AHRC: International Development Highlight Notice: Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement 2019
Closing date: 18 September 2019 (£100k for 12 month project)

Seeking proposals that enhance inclusive engagement with, and impacts from, research funded by the AHRC in DAC list countries and/or which will contribute more broadly to international development.

GCRF-AHRC: Research Networking Scheme
Closing date 24 September 2019 (up to £60k)
To develop research networks that will enhance the contribution that arts and humanities research makes to international development and the UN SDGs.

GCRF-Academy of Medical Sciences-Royal Academy of Engineering-Royal Society-British Academy Round 5: Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants
Opening mid-July (up to £25k)

Scheme for researchers across all disciplines from LMICs and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

GCRF-Innovate UK: Demonstrate Impact Programme
Opening September 2019
This fund will particularly support later-stage or closer to market projects that show potential for transformative, positive change in the lives of people in (and on the economies of) LMICs


AHRC-DFID: Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme – Thematic Research Grants call

Closing date: 05 September 2019 (up to £580k for 18-24 month projects)

This initiative will support a portfolio of research projects to better understand the causes of
humanitarian protection risks/violations.
For links to additional information about GCRF, including resources and events please go to the
website or get in touch with Isobel Marr (isobel.marr@ed.ac.uk)



Thank you for reading our bulletin, we hope you found it interesting and informative. If you have
any relevant news including job vacancies, projects, conferences that you would like to include
in the next bulletin, please get in touch with Sam Bain at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk


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.
You can always find out more about SCPHRP via our website www.SCPHRP.ac.uk and follow us on twitter @scphrp



Forest School Project

What we did: Spending time in Forest Schools may have an influence the health of teenagers and how they feel. This study aimed to find out girls experiences of the Nature Unlimited programme. The primary researcher (Jillian Manner) interviewed Forest School participants this past fall in order to understand their experiences in the program. The study involved one-to-one interviews with eight of the participants and focused on perceived changes to their wellbeing, resilience, and sense of community since starting the programme.

What we found: Six themes emerged from the interviews; wellbeing and mental health, resilience, community and social interaction, learning, perception of forest school and favourite and least favourite aspects of the programme and suggested improvements. Most participants felt the programme had a positive effect on their mood, confidence, social skills and relationships and these changes went beyond the Forest School setting.

What this means: This research provides preliminary evidence of the importance of Forest School programmes, such as the one provided by Nature Unlimited, in fostering positive changes in mood, social skills, confidence and relationships for teenage girls.

What’s next: The findings have been submitted to a journal for publication and should hopefully be available soon.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jillian Manner at jillian.manner@ed.ac.uk

Forest School based sessions across the Scottish Borders. Forest School and outdoor learning programmes have been shown to play a significant role in improving mental and physical health. Participants take part in weekly sessions run in the Forest School woodland area, where they participate in nature based activities based upon their interests, such as craft, traditional skills, and photography.

The study 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. SCPHRPs Larry DoiRuth Jepson and Yvonne Laird are also involved with the study.

Nature Unlimited Website:
Nature Unlimited Facebook page:


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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