The Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Mental Health in Schools (SCRAMS) project at University of Glasgow led by Professor Daniel Smith has been awarded a £100k MRC/AHRC/ESRC Engagement Award.

These Engagement Awards are for up to 12 months aimed at building and strengthening a cross-disciplinary community in the research area of Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind.

Project summary

Adolescence is a critical developmental period during which getting enough high-quality sleep becomes a major challenge. Poor sleep represents an important (but under-researched) risk factor for mental ill-health in young people. The sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health in schools (SCRAMS) consortium will investigate the complex relationships between sleep, light exposure and mental wellbeing in school-aged children, with a view to developing new interventions for the future.


  • To deliver a comprehensive programme of public engagement focused on sleep and mental health in schools, in collaboration with the charity Sleep Scotland.
  • To deliver a series of feasibility studies that will include: a) testing a novel wearable sensor for light in adolescents; b) collecting objective activity/sleep data and light exposure data during the winter and summer months and at different latitudes; c) feasibility work on sleep and cognitive functioning in adolescent pupils; and d) assessing facilitators and barriers to the collection of biological samples in schoolchildren.
  • To organise three SCRAMS collaboration meetings over the course of the year, including key stakeholders and project partners, to grow the consortium and coordinate our research and public engagement activities.