Grant Writing Group

IHW runs a successful grant-writing group, mainly for ECRs but anyone is welcome. The group’s aim is to enable research staff to generate highly fundable health-related research grant applications.   The group follows a structured approach which seeks answers to two main questions:  why is this research worth doing (why are the question worth answering)?  And will the research answer the questions well? 

The group meets monthly for around 2 hours.  It is a peer-group where members contribute most to discussions but It is convened by Colin McCowan (Reader, epidemiologist at RBC) and Kate O'Donnell (Professor of Primary Care Research and Development).  All members bring their application ideas for fellowships or project grants and present them as they progress each month.  Some members have deadlines and we prioritise discussion of those proposals but try to allocate time fairly.

The group had various successes over the past few years with project grant applications and several fellowships.  Members have found the group good for thinking through difficult lines of argument.

It will meet on:

Grant Writing Group 2017-18

  • 26th October 14.30-16.00             LR3, PH, 1 Lilybank Gardens (on the corner of Great George St)
  • 30th November 14.30-16.00        GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road
  • 21st December 14.30-16.00         GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road
  • 25th January 14.30-16.00              GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road
  • 22nd February 14.30-16.00           GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road
  • 29th March 14.30-16.00                 GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road
  • 26th April 14.30-16.00                    GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road
  • 24th May 14.30-16.00                     GPPC, Conference room, House 2, 1 Horselthill Road

If you want to join, please email Colin McCowan

Psycho social

Institute of Health & Wellbeing: Special Interest Group (SIG)

Psychosocial Behavioural Change

The psychosocial behavioural change group was set up in response to an identified wide-spread interest across IHW in psychosocial aspects of health and illness, behavioural change and well-being. The group brings together colleagues from across research groups with a breadth of interests, disciplines and approaches to share information and discuss common interests.  The SIG’s inaugural meeting took place in September 2013, where the remit and operation of the group was decided. The meeting identified the need for and value of a group without pre-defined output that offered:

  • a space for shared learning
  • a place where ideas could be questioned and challenged
  • an opportunity to discuss and learn about different theoretical approaches
  • the potential to invite other perspectives – economists, biologists, geneticists

The format of group meetings include:  short presentations of ongoing work; case studies that allow the discussion of a range of theoretical perspectives; work-planning (e.g. grant ideas).

Since our inaugural meeting we have organised a series of stimulating meetings with contributions from IHW colleagues and visiting academics. 

ECR Group

Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF)

The ECRF consists of representatives of the early career researchers within IHW. The group aims to identify early career researchers' needs, support early career researchers' career development, and communicate effectively with the IHW senior management group.

The group was set up to help people overcome the challenges that early career researchers face in academia, including uncertain short-term contracts; progressing a career in an unstable funding environment; creating meaningful networks and contacts whilst simultaneously being expected to be mobile; and developing the skills needed to move on to become an independent researcher. The group provides a safe space in which early career researchers can communicate with each other about challenges and opportunities.

We meet quarterly to discuss, and suggest solutions for, challenges faced by early career researchers within IHW and communicate them to IHW senior management and other ECR-concerned groups. We organise events to support the professional development of early career researchers, including methodological training, support for career progression, funding and networking opportunities.

You can download the ECRF representative list April 2018‌ or contact Audrey Dickie to find a contact within your research group.  Please get in touvh with them directly if you are interested in getting involved, or have any concerns or suggestions.


Qualitative Research Methods

IHW Qualitative Research Methods Group

This group is comprised of people with an interest in qualitative research methods and their possibilities from across IHW.  This includes those with quite a lot of experience and those who want to learn more about qualitative methods. It is primarily a way for qualitative researchers (and those interested in qualitative methods) to network with each other and to share information, ideas, problems and potential resources.  We will have a mailing list to facilitate this networking and information sharing.

From Autumn 2016, we will plan a range of events and activities, including seminars, in collaboration with the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Research Skills Seminar, and discussion groups. Activities will primarily be peer led, but may also include external speakers.

We are open to suggestions of what people would like to see and current areas of interest include how to do mixed methods research well, as well as exploring new, non-traditional qualitative methods such as visual methods and participatory research.

The group is convened by Dr. Hannah Hesslegreaves (HEHTA) and Dr. Ingrid Young (MRC/CSO SPHSU). For further information, or if you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Hannah or Ingrid.

Autumn 2016

Our first event, we have organized a tour of an exhibition  on disability, care and loss at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art on Wednesday, 28 September at 11am. The curator will run the tour, and we hope that the artist might also be able to join us. The exhibition is called Deep in the Heart of Your Brain, by Glasgow based artist Jacqueline Donachie who has worked with a range of scientific and medical practitioners.  This work features in the current exhibition including a film featuring three sisters and their experience of one of them inheriting the myotonic dystrophy gene.  You can read more about the exhibition here: Deep in the Heart of Your Brain

We also plan to arrange a discussion later in the autumn term of the recently published BMJ article about the importance of qualitative research to public health research.  An open letter to The BMJ

Watch this space for more information.