PhD summer school experience – supportive, inspiring and most of all, fun

Published on: Author: Ian MacNeill

by Ian MacNeill, a 3rd year PhD student in the Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations research programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Ian is investigating the potential for sport-based interventions to support the resettlement and desistance of young prison leavers. You can follow him on Twitter: @IanAlexanderMac Last… Continue reading

Policy, Research, and Internships – a Real World View

Published on: Author: Lauren Elise White

Organised by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), internships can offer a real insight in to the workings of government and the application of research. Two more PhD students at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Lauren Elsie White and Karl Ferguson, recently spent three months with the Scottish Government. Both… Continue reading

Changing places and mental health: do changes in perceptions of neighbourhood influence anxiety and depression in adults?

Published on: Author: Jon Olsen

by Dr Jon Olsen, Research Associate with the Neighbourhoods and Communities programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow Mental health problems are a global issue. In 2013 over 615 million individuals suffered from anxiety and/or depression across the world, a rise of 50% since 1990. How people experience their… Continue reading

Data, Government, and a Little Bit of Cake – My Internship Story

Published on: Author: Megan Yates

Unit PhD student Megan Yates is in her third year of her postgraduate studies and recently worked at the Scottish Government as part of an internship organised through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Megan explains her experience working alongside analysts working at the heart of government. In September I returned to my PhD… Continue reading

All the latest on health in Scotland

Published on: Author: Linsay Gray

by Dr Linsay Gray, Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at University of Glasgow; Joanne McLean, Research Director (Health), ScotCen Social Research Are you curious about health in Scotland? Maybe you’d like to know how trendy vaping really is or wonder if teetotallers are a thing of the past. The latest… Continue reading

Post-school education: a large-scale behaviour-change intervention?

Published on: Author: Michael Green

by Dr Michael Green, Research Associate with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Young people make life-changing decisions as they move from youth into adulthood. Often this means taking on new roles as employees, parents, or living with a partner. Over the past few… Continue reading

The link between population health and health inequality

Published on: Author: Frank Popham

by Frank Popham, Senior Research Fellow with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. This page was originally posted on his blog, Frank Popham – Social Scientist and Population Health. It is open access (CC BY 4) Is life expectancy increasing? Is health inequality decreasing?… Continue reading

To Understand Place, Sometimes You Need to Go Places

Published on: Author: Jon Olsen

by Dr Jon Olsen, Research Associate with the Neighbourhoods and Communities programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit I recently spent a week as a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Built Environment and Health (BEH) research group at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. My visit was funded by the University… Continue reading

Risky Business? The health of young people who are not in education, training, and employment

Published on: Author: Catherine Stewart

by Dr Catherine Stewart, Research Associate with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit It is now said that one in two people in Great Britain will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Half of us. A startling figure that refocuses efforts to address… Continue reading

Does social class hold clues to patterns of smoking, drinking and psychiatric distress?

Published on: Author: Michael Green

by Dr Michael Green, Research Associate with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit If I told you that young people who smoke or drink heavily suffer more from anxiety and depression, what explanation might you offer for that? Some might think those with poor… Continue reading