Funded PHd opportunity – University of Bristol

DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImpRovement) 

One studentship is available in Bristol in the field of epidemiology and multiple risk behaviours in adolescents.

The DECIPHer Centre is one of five UKCRC Centres of Public Health Research Excellence coordinated by the Medical Research Council.  DECIPHer is a strategic partnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea. Since its inception in January 2009, DECIPHer has established itself as a leading centre of methodologically innovative multidisciplinary public health research with a focus on the development and evaluation of complex interventions and policies to achieve sustainable improvements in the health and well-being of the public, with a particular emphasis on children and young people.

FUNDING AND ELIGIBILITYThe studentship includes funding for four years for a full maintenance grant (part-MRC funded, part university) of £13,863 per annum and a Research and Training Support Grant for PhD students of £1,000 per annum. Applicants with an MSc in a relevant topic may be able to complete their PhD in three years.

Applicants are expected to have gained a relevant undergraduate degree at upper second class honours (2:1) or above. The studentship is open to applicants who are UK citizens, or EU citizens resident in the UK for at least 3 years.

Start date: Between 1st September 2015 and 1st January 2016.Closing date for applications: 9am on 8th June 2015.Interview date: Interviews will be held on 15th June 2015 in Bristol.

PhD Studentship

Title: Exploring educational outcomes associated with engagement in multiple risk behaviours during adolescence

Background: Risk behaviours such as smoking, antisocial behaviour, alcohol consumption and unprotected sexual intercourse cluster in adolescence. Early initiation of risk behaviours is associated with engagement in multiple risk behaviour in both early and late adolescence and such behaviours, individually and collectively, are associated with increased risk of poor educational attainment, morbidity and premature mortality. Multiple risk behaviours include: regular tobacco smoking; regular alcohol drinking; binge drinking (alcohol); cannabis use; recent or regular illicit drug use; risky sexual behaviours; anti-social behaviour and offending; vehicle-related risk behaviours (e.g. cycling without a helmet; not using a car seatbelt); self-harm; gambling; unhealthy diet; and physical inactivity. Multiple risk behaviours are costly to society, young people who engage in any one risk behaviour are likely to engage in others, and there may be shared biological and environmental factors which influence the development of these multiple behaviours. As such, preventive interventions may impact on more than one outcome. This thesis will explore educational outcomes at Key Stages 1-5 with engagement of multiple risk behaviours during adolescence.



To inform the design of interventions to prevent harm from multiple risk behaviours in adolescence this study will assess the educational impact of engagement in multiple risk behaviours during adolescence.

For more information -please email Carol asking that she send you the full email from Bristol



Seminar reminder ‘Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations’


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Reminder of the seminar on Thursday – see .

STEPS Centre Seminar, 1.00-2.00 Thursday 14 May, Institue of Development Studi
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 ‘Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations’

 By Nora McKeon

Nora McKeon studied history at Harvard and political science at the Sorbonne before joining the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations where she directed the organization’s relations with civil society. A major focus of her work was opening FAO up to civil society/social movements.

“Today’s global food system generates hunger alongside of land grabs, food waste, health problems, massive greenhouse gas emissions. Nora McKeon’s new book explains why we find ourselves in this situation and explores what we can do to change it. In her talk she will review how the international community (mis)handled food issues since WWII up to the food crisis of 2007-2008, privileging short term national or private interests over long-term public goals of equity and sustainability. She will contrast how actors link up in corporate global food chains – in which producers, consumers and the environment are the losers – and in the local food systems that are considered to be “alternative” but in fact feed most of the world’s population. She will explain how the financial and structural power of corporations, allied to discourse that portrays their approach to meeting the world’s food needs as “modern” and “productive”, allows them to set the rules to their advantage.”


Health Promotion job – health and wellbeing development worker

Thanks to Aoife for sharing news of this

Health & Wellbeing Development Worker (SCDA)

Salary: £20,092 – £23,080 per annum pro rata, dependent on skill and experience

Contract type: Full Time Working pattern: 52 weeks

Closing date: Friday 22nd May 2015  – Interview date: Week commencing 1st June 2015

How to apply: To download an application pack please visit:

About the RoleSussex Community Development Association (SCDA), runs a range of projects aimed at supporting the involvement of the whole of the community.  These include regeneration initiatives that address the economic, environmental, cultural and community needs of East Sussex. We are expanding both geographically and in terms of the staff team responsible for the delivery of our services.  This is an exciting time in our development as an organisation, and we are currently looking for an experienced and dynamic individual to join our team.

We are looking for someone who has a love for and experience of co-ordinating and delivering a broad range of community based initiatives, which cover the Health & Wellbeing needs of all age ranges and backgrounds. The initiatives are generally for a fixed term and the Health & Wellbeing Development Worker will be working on multiple integrated health projects.

The post holder will design, deliver and evaluate and report to various funders and partners with regards to activities and services. There will also be collaboration on funding bids to support new and maintain our existing service provision and activities

As well as having a passion for healthy lifestyles, the ideal candidate will have excellent skills across a range of areas: communication, community engagement, fundraising, service creation and delivery, events management and people (particularly volunteers) and facilities management. You will be experienced in reporting, monitoring and evaluating.​