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Teaching award

Congratulations to Jane Wishart who won the student nominated award for Excellence in Teaching – Honours Level at Wednesday’s University Teaching Awards.  Jane won the award for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching, pastoral support of students and for providing opportunities for students to gain research experience.

Appointment of Director of Sea Mammal Research Unit

Ailsa Hall has been appointed as director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU). As director Ailsa is responsible for the ensuring the delivery of SMRU’s strategic science funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government and for guiding and assisting the academic staff in their pursuit of curiosity driven science and in their teaching commitments.  She also works with SMRU’s commercial arm, a University wholly owned company, to ensure the science also has impact at the applied level. Her personal research interests are in the field of factors affecting survival in marine mammals, investigating the interactions between persistent organic pollutants, immune suppression and endocrine disruption in both seals and cetaceans.  She also studies basic physiology and nutritional condition and is emeritus member of the Unusual Mortality Marine Mammal Events Working Group in the US and is a member of the UK delegation to the International Whaling Commission.

Associate Editor Position

Dr Gozde Ozakinci (School of Medicine) will start as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Behavioral Medicine as of January 2015. Prof Alan Christensen from University of Iowa will be the new Editor of the Journal. The Journal covers prevention, treatment and rehabilitation practices and all areas of behavioural medicine research (e.g., epidemiology, health economics, psychology, and biostatistics).

Bursaries for female students

Interconnect is the network for women studying science, engineering, technology and the built environment at college and university in Scotland (see Equate Scotland).

The Interconnect Inspire career development grant scheme, launched in September this year, offers grants of up to £500 to female students studying science, engineering, technology or the built environment. The aim is to help students achieve a project or a plan which will enhance their career. The grant can be used to pay for a wide range of activities projects for example:

-A specialist training course to upgrade skills (please note this does not include tuition fees for a full time or part time college/university course)

-Attending a conference or seminar which will improve students professional knowledge and contacts.

-Tools or equipment needed to develop and practice skills.

-The cost of travel or accommodation to enable a student to carry out research for a specific project or enable them to carry out voluntary work, work shadowing or work experience

The deadline for applications is Friday 30th November and applicants will be notified of the outcome in January.

For more information see

Position in the WHO Collaborating Centre

Anna Gavine has taken up a position in the WHO Collaborating Centre doing a systematic review which is examining the benefits of involving children and young people in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes aiming to secure health and its related outcomes. Anna was awarded her PhD entitled “The Primary Prevention of Violence in Secondary School Pupils in the West of Scotland” at the June graduation earlier this year.

Directorship of WHO Collaborating Centre

Candace Currie is Director of a newly designated WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in Child and Adolescent Health Policy at the School of Medicine (2013-2017) with co-directors Gerry Humphris and Peter Donnelly; and has been recently been awarded CSO funding to participate in the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) coordinated from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and running in 10 cities around the globe. The focus is on understanding gender socialisation and sexual health among young people growing up in deprived communities. These initiatives have led to two new appointments – Dr Juliet McEachran, part-time Research Coordinator for GEAS’s Scottish site, and Ms Aixa Aleman-Diaz, Policy Adviser for the WHOCC.

Awarded PhD studentship

Dr Ozakinci was awarded a PhD studentship by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Rachel Nutt has been selected to receive this studentship which will focus on cardiac rehabilitation among working age men and women. Dr Ozakinci has also been invited and participated in the first Innovation workshop held by Cancer Research UK and BUPA on cancer prevention in harder to reach groups.

Appointment to BBSRC Pool of Experts

V Anne Smith has been appointed to the BBSRC’s Pool of Experts.  The initial appointment is for one year, with an expectation of continuation for up to three years.  During this time, she will be called to sit upon any of Committees A-D to complement the Committee’s core members, where she will contribute with her expertise on computational biology, animal behaviour and neuroscience, and synthetic biology.