SHINE affiliated studies

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