We share our research by taking part in annual events like the MRC Festival of Medical Research, Glasgow Science Festival, Festival of Social Science and Pint of Science, as well as organising our own seminars, debates and exhibitions.

Milestone Year Seminar Series

Join Unit colleagues past and present, for this special series of seminars marking 20 years of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

We are delighted to extend this invitation to colleagues from across the University, as well as students, alumni and partner institutions.

Seminars will take place from 1-2pm (followed by tea, coffee, cakes and fruit) at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

Places for this special seminar series are limited, please book your place using the link below.

Milestone Year Seminar Series

Thursday 20th September 2018
Professor Graham Hart, University College London
Population health fellowships in a changing research and funding environment - book now.

Thursday 8th November 2018
Professor Steven Cummins, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The new urban health  - book now.

Thursday 15th November 2018
Professor Danny Wight, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Perpetuating global inequalities in the knowledge economy: reflections from 20 years of public health research in East Africa - book now.

Thursday 29th November 2018
Dr Carol Emslie, Glasgow Caledonian University
From Hogarth’s Gin Lane to “New booze death map shame of Scottish women”: taking the long view on women, men and alcohol research - book now.

Thursday 6th December 2018
Professor Mark Petticrew, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Researching the commercial determinants of health - book now.

Thursday 13th December 2018
Professor Anne Ellaway, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Does where you live affect your health? Thirty years of research at SPHSU - book now.

Towards a tobacco-free generation: Where next? 7th November 2018

‌Join us for this interactive debate event, where our researchers will describe some of their latest findings on youth smoking. These will include detailing how policy changes such as the comprehensive ban on smoking in public places have impacted on smoking among our nation’s young people, and research into the use of e-cigarettes by young people in the UK. The audience will have opportunities to pose questions and join the debate as a panel of experts discuss the implications of these findings for the goal of a tobacco-free generation.

Wednesday 7th November, 6-7.30pm

The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

Light refreshments will be provided.

The event is free but ticketed. Book your place here.

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20 years of MRC funded PhD Studentships at the SPHSU - 27th November 2018

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD? Do you want to learn more about the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, and how we improve health and reduce inequalities?

Past, Present and Future: Reflections on 20 years of MRC funded studentships at the SPHSU highlights the unique and important contributions to science and society that MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit PhD students have made over the past 20 years. This is your opportunity to meet current and past students to find out more about what it is like to do a PhD at the Unit.

Date: 27th November 2018, 9:30am - 4pm
Venue: Glasgow University Student Union
32 University Avenue, G12 8LX

To register, visit:
For enquiries, contact:

This is a great networking opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the SPHSU with an excellent line up of speakers, posters and panel sessions! 

Morning Session:
9.30am - 10am Registration
10am - 10.10am Welcome message
10.10am - 10.55am Keynote – Professor Kate Hunt, University of Stirling
10.55am - 11.40am Presentations from former students
11.40am - 11.55am Coffee break
11.55am - 12.40pm Presentations from current students
12.40pm - 1.30pm Lunch and poster session

Afternoon Session:
1.30pm - 2:15pm Dr Amy Nimegeer – Making a Case for Social Science Public Health Research: 2020 and Beyond
2.15pm - 2.45pm Presentations of upcoming studentships
2.45pm - 3pm Coffee break
3pm - 3.50pm Panel session – what is doing a PhD like?
3.50pm - 4pm Closing comments


Hacking for health - 5th-7th October 2018


Hacking for Health is an exciting 48-hour event connecting software engineers, graphic designers and other creatives to develop innovative software, tools and visualisations about the complex nature of the major challenges in public health.

We have amazing prizes for the winning teams. Refreshments will be provided throughout the weekend. 

When and where? 

The event will start on Friday 5th of October at 3:30pm and continue to Sunday 7th of October (presentations and awards 3pm-5pm). Our venue is the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit offices in Glasgow city centre: 

Top floor, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3AX

Click here for details & registration.