Pupil health and academic attainment are intertwined. Healthier pupils have higher attainment and, in the longer term, those who achieve better educational outcomes have better health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing is a core value of the SHANARRI indicators (GIRFEC) and is key to helping each child achieve their full potential. While numerous interventions have been developed to promote pupil health and wellbeing, results are mixed and more research is needed on how best to increase their effectiveness.

High quality health improvement research in Scotland would benefit children, schools and policy makers.

In 2014 a Schools Health Research Network was set up in Wales to enable effective collaboration between schools, policy makers and academic researchers, focusing on school-based health improvement research. By 2018 all Welsh secondary schools had joined the Network. The individual school health and wellbeing data reports co-produced by schools with the Network are proving invaluable to the Welsh schools for monitoring wellbeing in the schools, targeting interventions and directing improvement planning. 

Today, in Scotland, we have 761 schools in the SHINE network. We are proud to include local authority primary and secondary schools, independent schools and special schools from the Shetland Isles to the Scottish Borders in all 32 Local Authority areas.

If you would like your school to become a member of SHINE, complete the online registration form on the front page of the website. It’s free to join!

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The SHINE team is based at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit offices at the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews. Details on who we are and what we do can be found below.

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University of Glasgow
Judith Mabelis

Ms Judith Mabelis

Research Fellow

Dawn Haughton

Mrs Dawn Haughton

Network Manager

Mary Wilson

Research Assistant

Dorothy Currie

Ms Dorothy Currie

University of St Andrews

Danny Smith

Professor Daniel Smith

University of Edinburgh

Marion Henderson

Professor Marion Henderson

University of Strathclyde


The SHINE Network is led by University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews. The schools in the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network are joined by the following partners:

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Our advisory board meets twice a year in order to provide independent external review, advice and support on the operational and strategic development of SHINE.

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SHINE Advisory Board March 2023

Lorna AitkenSenior Education Officer Inclusion Equalities and Wellbeing, Education Scotland
Gillian BarclayDepute Principal Psychologist Children’s Service, Edinburgh City
Christine BrownQuality Improvement Officer, Scottish Borders Council
Kelly CraigMeldrum Academy, Aberdeenshire
Alison DreverWest Partnership, Leadership and Improvement
Lynda FentonConsultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Scotland
Isobel McGheeScottish Guidance Association
Tracey JohnstonSenior Education Officer Health and Wellbeing (Curriculum), Education Scotland
Fiona McKerralSt Mary’s Primary School Bathgate, West Lothian
Simon MurphyDirector DECIPHER, Lead for the Schools Health Research Network, Cardiff University

Eileen Scott

Public Health Scotland
Eleanor SheppardChief Education Officer, Aberdeen City Council
Gary SuttonStatistician, Education Analytical Services, Learning Analysis Unit, Scottish Government
Neil WhiteSenior Statistician, Health and Social Care Analysis, Scottish Government