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    • 2017 Scottish Crucible

      Lucas Richert was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Scottish Crucible, a leadership and development programme for future research leaders in Scotland. From over 100 applications from across Scotland, the panel selected 30 Cruciblists from diverse areas such as health, history, engineering, medieval society, neuroscience, fluid mechanics and parasitology. The Scottish Crucible takes place over three intensive two-day workshops (known as Labs) held in early summer each year and hosted by one of three partner institutions consecutively. The first Lab was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament. Participants learnt how to communicate effectively with members of parliament and, most importantly, the people who elect those members. Each “Lab” aims to develop and challenge thinking within a theme: Lab 1: Looking outwards – Policy, the media, the public. How to engage with those beyond academia. Lab 2: Interdisciplinarity and creativity – Collaboration and new ideas Lab 3: Enterprise and collaboration – Where and how to take your ideas to the next level. Lucas was one of eight participants from the University of Strathclyde, surely a sign of the University's research excellence.

    • Successes by our doctoral students

      More success on the internship front. Wellcome Trust-funded PhD student Rachel Hewitt has won an internship with What Works Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. She will spend three months starting in July working on a scoping document on the role of future social protection in the promotion of health and wellbeing. Rachel joins a host of other CSHHH PhD students who have won internships in the past few years. Not only do these internships look outstanding on a CV, but they also demonstrates the relevance and applicability of our PhD students’ historical research and the broader skills they are developing. Many congratulations, Rachel, and good luck! One of the Centre's doctoral students, Simon Walker, has been successful in his application for the SGSAH Doctoral Internship with the Festival of Politics. He will begin work with the Scottish Parliament later this spring. Simon's achievement follows similar recent successes by our doctoral students, as Chris Cavin has been selected to study at the US Library of Congress with an award from the ESRC/AHRC International Placement Scheme and Andrew Glen completed his SGSAH internship at the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside last year.

    • Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond

      On 14 September 2016, our members, Matthew Smith & Jennifer Farquharson, were in London, presenting their research on the history of asylum and deinstitutionalisation as part of the Wellcome Trust's exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond. Jennifer's talk forms part of her PhD thesis, which is soon to be complete. Matt's presentation was based on research that will be published soon in Deinstitutionalisation and After: Post-War Psychiatry in the Western World as part of Palgave Macmillan's series Mental Health in Historial Perspective, which he co-edits with Catharine Coleborne. He co-edited Deinstitutionalisation and After with fellow co-director, Vicky Long, and associate, Dr Despo Kritsotaki of the University of Crete.


  • Wed
    Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, University of Cambridge

    A Woman’s Right to Know: A History of Pregnancy Testing in Britain from 1-3pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  Lunch will be provided.  Download Dr Olszynko-Gryn's Abstract .

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Wed
    Dr Mark Gallagher, University of Glasgow

    Ronald Sandison, LSD and the ‘Beyond Within’ Powick Hospital
    from 4-6pm in room LH211a/b of the Lord Hope Building, followed by a wine reception.   Download Dr Gallagher's Abstract

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Wed

    Joanna Wilson, University of Edinburgh

    “Don’t Do Brain Surgery with a Pickaxe”: Psychosurgery and Shock Therapy as Political Metaphor in Post-WWII American Fiction
    from 1-3pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  Lunch will be provided.  Download Joanna's Abstract 

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Wed

    Cynthia Connolly, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

    'The Growth and Development of the "Therapeutic Orphan" in American Pediatric Drug Policy and Clinical Practice, 193301979' in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.  Download Cindy's Abstract

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Tues
    Dr Anu Salmela, University of Turku

    Drug Addiction in Post-war Finland: Some Preliminary Remarks 
    from 1-3pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  Lunch will be provided.  Download Dr Salmela's Abstract .

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

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