Spring Good News

Spring Good News

Issued: Wed, 10 May 2017 11:45:00 BST

Dr Carol Hill, Head of School, has lots of good news stories to share with us. 

Huge Congratulations to Anne Ferguson on her nomination and subsequent shortlisting by students in the top category ‘outstanding contribution to teaching’ at the SRC annual Student Teaching Awards . We are ‘chuffed to bits’ for you Anne!  

Oscar Odena was inducted to the Peer Review College of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and will serve for the period 2017-2020. Congratulation Oscar!

Lizanne Henderson  delivered a keynote at the first ever international conference on folktales to be held in Japan; 'Reorienting the Fairytale' at Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. Congratulations Lizanne!

 Against tough competition, David Clelland (Crichton Institute) has had a paper accepted for an upcoming Administrative Data Research Network Conference. His paper is based on a study of poverty indicators undertake through the Crichton Institute. David has also submitted a bid to Carnegie to take this work to the next level. Well done David!

Catherine Dodds and Naomi Richards have each submitted a substantial stage 2 bids to Wellcome – huge congratulations to both a) on getting through to stage 2 and b) for the mammoth effort to submit to a very tight timescale. Fingers crossed!

David Clark secured a Wellcome Enhancement Award to fund a two year postdoc position as Research Associate (Wellcome Trust Project).Congratulations David!

Sandy Whitelaw has a paper co-authored with HSP Graduand, Lindsay Turpie, published in the Journal  of Integrated Care. (Whitelaw, S., Topping, C., McCoy, M. & Turpie, L. (2017) Promoting integration within the public health domain of physical activity promotion: Insights from a UK case-study in Journal of Integrated Care). Congratulations to Candy and Lindsay!

Naomi Richards’ article ‘Old Age Rational Suicide’ is now available open access http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soc4.12456/full  Naomi also gave a presentation during the first of a series of Suffering and Autonomy at End of Life seminars sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Dr Helen Baxter and Dr Josephine Adekola take up post as Research Associates with the NCR on 14 April – watch out for the invitation to ‘meet and greet over coffee and cake’.

The school recently appointed three Honorary Professors

  • Russell Brown –  Member of Parliament for the Dumfries and the Dumfries and Galloway constituencies from 1997-2015.  Served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords, various Secretaries of State for Scotland, and as the Secretary of State for International Development.  Between 2010 and 2015 he was Shadow Defence Minister and Shadow Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. Sandy Whitelaw is working with Professor Brown on ways of drawing on his first-hand experience of policy development and implementation and of the third sector in its international context and operation. 
  • Professor Virginia Murray – has a distinguished career in Global Disaster Risk Reduction and has held many prestigious positions including membership of the International Council of Science Unions’ Scientific Committee for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network for Data; Head of the Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards and, on a range of important Advisory Groups. In 2014, she was appointed as Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England in order to take forward her work as vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Scientific and Technical Advisory Group. As an Honorary Professor, Virginia’s expertise in resilience, particularly as it relates to extreme events and public health, and her important national and international networks will be of great value to the School / National Centre for Resilience.
  • Professor Susan Ringrose – recently moved to the region after retiring as Professor in Geomorphology/Vegetation Studies at the University of Botswana where she was Director of the Okavango Research Institute working (amongst other things) on floodplain development, flooding frequency and climate change.  Professor Ringrose has an extensive record of publications and an international profile . She has already made important contributions to the BSc ES&S and will also be a source of knowledge for PGRs, offer research mentoring for mid-career staff and deliver the occasional public lecture.

Thanks to Dave Borthwick and Steven Gillespie, and to Glasgow University Sustainability Team (GUEST) we can look forward to having two funded student interns working on the environmental sustainability of the campus  (September start). We are also drawing up plans for a CSS supported internship to undertake some research aimed at understanding what lies behind the gender imbalance of applications and admissions to primary teaching degree progammes.  

Well done to Elisabeth Loose and Laura Schrader, two of our international postgraduate students who represented the School at a recent meeting of Thornhill Rotary when they gave an incredibly well received talk / Q&A on their experience of studying at Dumfries campus and living in the region.

Many congratulations to Laura Lloyd, who entered year 2 of the MA Health and Social Policy in 2014/15 via the articulation scheme and has been successful in her applications to present a paper at the 2017 Universitas 21 Research Conference and in being awarded funding to attend. Universitas 21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities who work together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning  so this is a considerable achievement on Laura’s part – the moreso given that there are only 4 places across the University

Congratulations to Leonie Lepple, one of the winners of the ‘International Student Support My Story’ competition.

Don Macleod  has a new PhD student funded by the Mexican Government – Oscar Reyes Torres who progressed from the tourism MSc

Two of our shortlisted candidates for CSS PhD Scholarships have been successful (Joseph Wood who starts in October and Elli loose who is currently in year 1 of her PhD). This is a great achievement for our school and will bring our PhD cohort to 17 (with several others in the pipeline). 

Dr Marian Krawczk, a successful candidate for a Lord kelvin Adam Smith Fellowship (LKAS) will be joining us in September. Her research specialism is in the field of end of life studies and she will be a very welcome addition to the End of Life Studies group which is growing in strength.  

The money raised at our Christmas concert (c£900) was donated to Compass Brain Injury Specialists (formerly Headway) who have let us know that the donation has been used to support their ‘Open Minds’ programme that enables survivors of Acquired Brain Injury to understand and come to terms with cognitive deficits – and learn how to cope and adjust in everyday life etc. I think you will agree that this is a very worthy cause.