Funding Award: Commonhealth @ Aberdeen Foyer

Prof Heather Fulford  has started the Aberdeen phase of a research grant from the  MRC and ESRC awarded to RGU and partners.

CommonHealth is a five-year research programme (2014-2018) set up to investigate the impact of social enterprise on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Led by the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, CommonHealth is a collaborative programme of 8 projects delivered by academics from the University of Stirling, Glasgow University, Robert Gordon University and UHI, working in partnership with a range of social enterprises across Scotland.

Aberdeen FoyerCommonHealth @ Aberdeen Foyer runs from 2016-18 and is one of the 8 projects within the CommonHealth programme.  The purpose of the project is to explore the challenges of collecting, recording, analysing, reporting and using data on health and wellbeing outcomes in a social enterprise. The RGU research team will work alongside Aberdeen Foyer to review the effectiveness of existing mechanisms used to measure health and wellbeing outcomes. A comparative investigation with other social enterprises in Scotland is also being planned. Using human-centred design techniques, new measurement frameworks will be designed, developed and tested with a view to helping social enterprises like Aberdeen Foyer increase the effectiveness of their health and wellbeing interventions and enable them to report more comprehensively and meaningfully on their impact.

Research Assistant Melanie Liddell is working alongside Prof Fulford in Aberdeen Business School on the CommonHealth @ Aberdeen Foyer project. Melanie is currently engaging closely with staff at Aberdeen Foyer to determine the range of data collected, the data recording mechanisms in place, and the reporting tools being employed.

Project contact: Professor Heather Fulford, (Centre for Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Aberdeen Business School), Robert Gordon University; tel. 01224 263869; email h.fulford@rgu.ac.uk

Training – Webinar : health survey data

Webinar: An introduction to survey data on health

4 July 2016

Online, 15.00 – 16.00

This webinar will showcase the range of survey data on the topic of health that are available from the UK Data Service. We will give a general introduction to some of the key survey data with health-related content, including cross-sectional surveys (UK and cross-national), longitudinal surveys and cohort studies. We will provide research exemplars to highlight how these data can be used in research as well as pointing to useful resources, other health data, and where to go for help.

The webinar will consist of a 40 minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions. It is open to all and free to attend.

To book a place please go to https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4583

Funding Opportunity: Efficiency Research Programme

The Efficiency Research Programme, from the Health Foundation is an open call for innovative research ideas into system efficiency and sustainability in health and social care. Between £250,000 and £500,000 is available for three to five experienced research teams for projects completed over three to five years. Deadline for applications: Thursday 28 July 2016  Find out more

Funding Opportunity & Event : Digital Health & Care Institute

Robert Gordon University (RGU), (Prof Susan Klein, Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research, and Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga, Reader in the School of Computing Science & Digital Media) is hosting an outreach event in collaboration with the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) on Thursday 12th May 2016 from 10:30am – 16:00pm. There will be an opportunity to showcase relevant projects and scope possibilities for future collaborations by inviting pitches Find out more

Funding Opportunity: NERC Improving Health with Environmental Data

NERC, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps around the potential of environmental data to improve health outcomes in the UK. This call will focus specifically on using environmental data on air pollution and/or environmental hazards alongside health and biomedical data.  Closing date: 12 July 2016