Adolescent Mental Health in Pakistan

Adolescent Mental Health in Pakistan

July 2nd 2015

School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh

Dr Amna Khalid visited the School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, hosted by YAS member Stella Chan and sponsored by the RSE Visitor to Scotland fund. Dr Khalid presented data illustrating depression as a key health problem in Pakistani youth population. She also described the challenges faced by their communities, such as lack of resources for mental health services and stigma. The talk sparked interesting discussion in the audience which is represented both academics and mental health practitioners. Her visit was concluded by productive discussions of research collaborations addressing mental health problems both for youth in Pakistan and for ethnic minority groups in the UK.

ScienceOpen: Rethinking Peer Review

Seminar, Discussion and Wine Reception, Royal Society of Edinburgh, June 18, 2015


Hosted by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland Open Data Working Group

The scholarly publishing paradigm is changing – Open Access, altmetrics, data-mining are increasingly setting new standards. A recent Royal Society conference on “The Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication” called in particular for sweeping reforms to the current system of peer review.

YAS Spring Plenary 2015

YAS Plenary - 17 April 2015, University of Glasgow

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The Young Academy's Spring Plenary Meeting was held at the University of Glasgow's Senate rooms from 9am-5pm.

Themed "2020 Vision- A YAS 5-Year Strategic Framework," this meeting was centered around creating a strategy plan for the society.  Keynote speakers Professor Miles Padgett, Vice-Principal for Research (Research Strategy and Innovation Office) and Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy (Physics and Astronomy), University of Glasgow, Alastair Maclean, Director of Corporate Governance, City of Edinburgh Council David Grevemburg, Chief Executive Officer, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games all gave short presentations on developing strategies for a variety of different types of organisations.

University-Prison Partnerships in International Perspective

prisons workshopThis event, co-sponsored by the Young Academy of Scotland, brought together academics and professionals involved in, or hoping to develop, university-prison links. Lori Pompa, Founder and Executive Director of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University, Philadelphia, shared her insights and experience alongside Fiona Measham, Director of the UK’s rst Inside-Out prison teaching programme at Durham University. Participants also discussed educational initiatives and prison-university partnerships underway in Scotland. The event successfuly explored a diversity of models, their potential benefits and challenges, in international comparison.

Inside and Outside the Academy: Building Meaningful Relationships between Communities


University of Dundee, Matthew Building Lecture Theatre 5014

16 March 2015

How do academics from the Arts and Humanities collaborate in their research with groups and communities beyond the university? What are the challenges, ethical and practical, to building and sustaining these relationships? How can we ensure that such collaborations benefit the participating communities as well as the researchers, and over periods longer than the duration of specific project grant funding?

 While a minority of academic researchers have always pursued such collaborations, and are mindful of these questions, the Impact agenda has created a renewed incentive for Arts and Humanities researchers to seek out such collaborations with non-academic partners. This both offers opportunities and presents issues that require thought and sensitivity. This workshop, organized and supported by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, aimed to give full discussion of these issues by bringing together a number of academic and non-academic research partners from several disciplines and communities across Scotland to present examples of best practice from recent and ongoing work and to debate questions presented from the floor.

 One of the outcomes of this event was a one page guide to creating effective links with local communities, The Dos And Don’ts Of Building Meaningful Relationships.

Event ran from 10am to 3.00pm and included project presentations from:

  • Karly Kehoe (Glasgow Caledonian University, History) & Janet Baker (Education and Outreach Co-ordinator for High Life Highland) ‘A match made in the Highlands: A historian, an education officer and a school’
  • Chris Daglish (Glasgow University, Archaeology) & Alan Leslie (Northlight Heritage) ‘Cultural heritage, ongoing collaboration and sustainable development’
  • Alison Urie (Director, Vox Liminis) & Fergus McNeill (Glasgow University, Criminology and Social Work) ‘Co-creating learning, Co-creating change’
  • Annie Tindley (Dundee University, History) & Dr Miles Mack (GP, Dingwall & RCGP Scotland), ‘100 Years of remote and rural health care: past, present and future’
  • Alison Phipps (Glasgow University, Languages and Intercultural Studies), ‘ “Fragile, dangerous, beautiful”: When are relationships meaningful? –stories from Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)’

Workshop: The Scottish Approach to Comm-unity

In July 2013 the Young Academy of Scotland hosted an event entitled “Addressing Hate & Violence: The Scottish Experience of Communities and Complexities” which was attended by over 50 delegates from across Scotland, including public and third sectors and community-based practitioners.  Delegates heard from key speakers, including the Scottish Government, and discussed their experience of dealing with challenges facing Scotland’s diverse communities. Please see the report from this event here.

This workshop will be smaller, allowing for focused discussions to take place among decision-makers and community practitioners.

Attendance is by invitiation only, but more details and a report will be available after the event.

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Kathrin Cresswell is a health psychologist and experienced mixed-methods researcher who has worked in the field of medical informatics for over a decade. During her career, she has collaborated with international leaders on a number of large projects and consulted for the World Health Organization.

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