We offer a varied range of opportunities including job opportunities, opportunities for further study and research and opportunities for patients and the public. Please click on the boxes below for more information.
- Job Opportunities
We currently have no new job opportunities in HSRU but please check back soon as vacancies can arise at any time.
University of job opportunities can be viewed here.
- Designing Real World Trials Short Course
Experts from our Clinical Trials Unit (CHaRT) and HSRU deliver a 12 week short course on Designing Real World Trials.
This course takes you through the process of designing a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The course will focus on trials in the evaluation of real-world healthcare and public health settings. The course aims to develop your knowledge and awareness of how to design a fair test, the appropriate use of trials and alternative trial designs, involving patients and the public, the logistics and practicalities of designing real-world trials and the role of clinical trials units.
- Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Short Course
FREE Short online course (time-limited offer)
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health Research
Short online course for professionals working in or managing health research projects.
Our PPI in Health Research course is aimed at professionals who work in health research and would like to improve their understanding of patient and public involvement.
The course is run by staff from the internationally recognised Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) - awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Award for sustained excellence in health services research.
The course is an introduction to
- patient and public involvement in research and why it is important;
- what patients and the public can contribute at different stages of the research cycle;
- who to involve and how to find them;
- current debates about involvement;
- the practicalities of involvement;
- practical tips on how to involve people when face to face meetings aren’t possible.
The course is fully online which will allow you some flexibility to fit your learning around other commitments.
Your online learning will be supplemented with a practical and interactive session allowing you to opportunities to discuss your challenges and experiences with leading experts in the field and fellow course participants.
When: Date to be confirmed – early 2021
Cost: Free limited places conditional on completing post course questionnaire. We will run a waiting list for those who would still be interested when this becomes a fee-paying course
Duration: Approx: 15 hours over 1 week
To register your interest contact: email@example.com
HSRU contributes teaching to the:
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- MSc in Global Health and Management
- Research Methods for Health (PgCert).
We offer a number of student projects each year to students on the MSc and Intercalated BMEdSci courses.
Our Designing Real-World Trials short course will earn you 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11).
Staff in HSRU are fully supported in undertaking a PhD. They are also encouraged to provide supervisory support for full or part-time PhD students.
We have a PhD opportunity at the moment:
The impact of global pandemics on patients’ decisions to participate in clinical trials (Distance Learning Project - Unfunded) Supervisors will be Professor Louise Locock, Dr Katie Gillies and Dr Zoe Skea. Applications accepted all year round.
Please click here to view all current University of Aberdeen opportunities. You will find more details of our opportunity here too.
Below are our current HSRU ongoing PhD projects.
- Behavioural interventions to improve clinical trial recruitment and retention - Taylor Coffey
- Complex designs in randomised clinical trials – a case study in dentistry - Beatriz Goulao
- IDENTIFY - The Investigation and Detection of Urological Neoplasia in Patients Referred with suspected urinary tract cancer: A Multicentre cohort study - Sinan Khadhouri
- Interrupted times series (ITS) evaluation - Jemma Hudson
- Optimising the responsible use of antibiotics - Shazia Yousuf
- ‘Soft’ Intelligence and Online Patient Feedback: Using Care Opinion for NHS Quality Improvement in Scotland - Emma Berry
- Towards improvement in care delivery in Huntington's disease (HD) - Daniela Rae
- Understanding family experiences of inherited motor neurone disease (MND) - a qualitative study - Jade Howard
- What are the personal, clinical and social impacts of longer waiting times? A multi-methods study - Elisabeth Kirchner
Examples of recently completed projects
- What is the best way to avoid recruitment and retention problems in trials? - Adel El Feky
- Making clinical trials more efficient: consolidating, communicating and improving knowledge of patient recruitment interventions - Heidi Gardner
- Development of core clinical outcome measures for glaucoma interventions - Rehab Ismail
- Mobile Bone Density Scanning Services in the UK: an implementation and outcome evaluation - Rosemary Hollick
- The relationship between perceived decision difficulty, decision time and decision quality in General Practitioners’ decision-making - Nicola McCleary
- Research Fellowships
HSRU actively mentors NHS Research Scotland (NRS) fellowships. Recent NRS Clinical Fellows were:
- Dr Callum Kaye, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care, NHS Grampian - BIS-TBI
- Mr Jan Jansen, Consultant Surgeon, NHS Grampian - Geospatial Evaluation of Systems of Trauma Care for Scotland.
- Dr Andy Keen, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Grampian - The application of psychological interventions (including mindfulness based approaches) to health and illness.
HSRU actively encourages the development of staff through seeking prestigious research fellowships. Several funded research fellowships are supported including for example topics on the surgical trial methodology and methodological investigation of decision support for trial participation
- Student Internships
We usually offer summer student work placements to current University of Aberdeen students wishing to improve their knowledge and experience in a research-focused environment.
In 2019 we welcomed 6 student interns; 2 working on projects with the CHaRT programming team and 4 working on Health Services Research projects.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer work placements this summer due to the current situation relating to COVID-19.
We do hope to recommence the placements in 2021.
- Opportunities for patients and the public
There are lots of opportunities for patients and the public to be involved with our research.
You can find out more here
You can also contact our Patient and Public Involvement Co-ordinator Katie Banister