SHINE Affiliated Projects

The aim of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) is to support schools in addressing their health and wellbeing needs with a focus on mental health. SHINE uses a data-led, systems-level approach to support health improvement action within the school setting. As the SHINE network develops, a key function is the identification of school research needs and priorities. SHINE will support high-quality research which has a clear benefit for schools participating in the research project and/or for the wider schools community through our affiliation process. The information below explains what being an affiliated study means for you.

Benefits of SHINE affiliation

Researchers on SHINE affiliated projects will be able to access:

  • Support from SHINE researchers and schools in order to develop studies
  • Access to a network of ‘research-ready’ schools with a pre-existing data infrastructure
  • Support with school recruitment
  • Support with incorporating knowledge exchange into your research
  • Opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge with our network of policy, practice and academic partners to promote impact
  • Network logo and branding for project outputs and publicity materials
  • The SHINE webinar series to promote your research project to SHINE schools.

Requirements and how to apply

Please submit a completed SHINE Affiliated Project Request Form to the Network Manager ( be reviewed by the SHINE Affiliate Board. Your application should include information demonstrating the benefit for schools participating in the research project and/or the wider schools community. Following this, you will receive a decision and/or feedback on your project.

SHINE affiliation should ideally be sought before a bid for funding is submitted. It is open to PhD studentships and fellowship applications as well as standard grant applications.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Dawn Haughton.


Click here to access the form:

SHINE Affiliated Project Request Form

Affiliated Projects

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  • TeenCOVIDLife Led by Professor David Porteous, University of Edinburgh


  • Lockdown loneliness and beyond: Development and evaluation of a gamified cognitive bias modification intervention. Led by Professor Simon Hunter, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Further development of a digital programme (MoodHwb) for adolescent depression  Led by Dr Rhys Bevan-Jones, University of Cardiff. Further details can be found on this page.  You can also watch this short video with Dr Bevan-Jones talking about the Moodhwb project.
  • AMBIENT Sleep Study led by Dr Heather Whalley, University of Edinburgh. This project will explore new methods to measure young people’s sleep. Young people will be invited to act as citizen scientists and product reviewers to trial and assess the new methods proposed.
  • Beyond Behaviour led by Dr Gale MacLeod, Dr Martin Toye and Robin Dallas-Childs, University of Edinburgh. This project explores the routes into and social  consequences of a behaviour diagnosis in secondary school for young people. The project aims to work with 6 secondary schools.
  • CLOCK OFF led by Professor Sharon Simpson and Dr Anne Martin from the Complexity Programme at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

    Researchers at the University of Glasgow invite you to take part in the CLOCK OFF study which has received ethical approval. The purpose of the study is to develop and refine a peer-led school-based programme to reduce night-time interactive electronic device and social media use among young people (12-13 years). We will work with young people, school staff and parents/guardians/carers to develop this programme in both Scotland and Wales. Full details about the study and what it would mean for your school are available here . A brief summary is also available in a short video for young people. Young people will be invited to take part in a four-week programme of engagement ( 4 one and a half hour sessions)

    If you are keen to be involved in this exciting study; you can contact Anne Martin the lead on the study direct or email Dawn Haughton at

  •   Net4Health  led by Dr Mark McCann at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. 
    Following on from studies conducted in 1987 and 2006, the research team are keen to revisit schools in west and central Scotland to investigate the factors which best account for the decline in adolescent mental health to see what, if anything, has changed. There are many different mechanisms through which friendships, emotional support, and strained relationships may affect wellbeing, social development, health risk behaviours and educational aspirations. The whole school approach to health improvement can be enhanced with a better understanding of the relational mechanisms influencing health (e.g. peer influence, social learning, or social exclusion) combined with better data on structure and collective behaviour within and between peer friendship groups.


    Further details about this project can be found in this information sheet,  or by contacting Dr Mark McCann, the project lead, at or email Dawn Haughton at

  •  Help seeking in adolescence: the importance of mental health stigma and literacy led by Dr Claire Goodfellow at the Social and Public Health Science Unit, University of Glasgow.                                                                                                                                                                Stigma is a key barrier to help-seeking for a mental health problem among adolescents. This is particularly concerning as adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the emergence of mental health problems. Adolescents are also among the least likely to seek help. This may be due to lower mental health literacy among this age group ( ie. young people’s knowledge about causes and treatments of mental health problems and hoe to seek help), and also due to high level of perceived stigma from peers and family. This research project has two central aims. One is to speak to young people living in rural communities about how stigma towards mental health problems affects them and their willingness to seek help. Another is to have young people co-produce dissemination materials to ensure that key research findings are shared in a way that is maximally engaging for young people and other key audiences they identify. 

        For further details about this project, contact Dr Claire Goodfellow at