The Scottish Schools Health and wellbeing Improvement research Network (SHINE) is part of a £1M MRC Mental Health Data Pathway Award, and is a collaboration between the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

What is the aim of the project?

The key aim of the project is to build a school health research network in order to promote and enhance access to and use of research findings to inform practice within schools. Within the context of health and wellbeing, the project has a core focus on mental health and aims to provide evidence to support best practice to improve mental health and wellbeing for pupils across Scotland. This is a pilot project and will be continuously informed by feedback and suggestions from schools and pupils themselves. A range of resources will be offered, including highlighted research, reports, briefs, webinars and networking events. Schools which took part in the 2018 Scottish HBSC survey will also receive a tailored feedback report on their own data. The SHINE network is modelled on the highly successful Schools Health Research Network (SHRN) in Wales which now involves 100% of Welsh Secondary Schools.

How is the data used?

The project will also undertake a review of measures of mental health and wellbeing and subsequently develop a suite of recommended measures for use with children and adolescents in school-based surveys. A range of self-report mental health measures already exist but many require further validation for use with children and adolescents and would benefit from greater harmonisation across surveys. This review will ensure that the measures used to assess mental health and wellbeing of school-aged children are robust and valid within the Scottish context, as well as in other UK and international surveys.



SHINE team

University of St Andrews

University of Glasgow


Sept 2018 – Mar 2020

Funded by:

MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder Award