In order to to promote collaboration, high-quality research can become part of the Network’s research portfolio through our adoption process.

School Health Research Network adoption should ideally be sought before a bid for funding is submitted, it is open to PhD studentships and fellowship applications.

Benefits of School Health Research Network adoption

Researchers on Network-adopted projects will be able to access:

  • Support from SHRN researchers and schools in developing studies
  • Support with incorporating public involvement and knowledge exchange into your research
  • Access to a network of research ready schools with a pre existing data infrastructure (baseline, school context and follow up data)
  • Support with school recruitment
  • Opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge with our network of policy, practice and academic partners to promote impact
  • Use of Network logo and branding on project outputs and publicity materials

Being a Network adopted study can also facilitate registration with the Health and Care Research Wales Portfolio. This enables eligible studies to access the Regional Research Network which can help to set up and co-ordinate studies, recruit participants and collect data. Please see the Health and Care Research Wales website for further information.

How to apply

Please submit a completed Adoption Form to the Network Administrator to be reviewed by the Partnership Board. Following this, you will receive a decision and/or feedback on your project.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Network Administrator.


Network adopted studies



The implementation of young people’s research advisory groups (based on the model of ALPHA) within School Health Research Network (SHRN)
Peter Gee
ESRC Festival of Science

Caring lives: What do young people who care for family members need to thrive? An empirical investigation (PhD)
Ed Janes

High caffeine energy drinks: prevalence and opportunities for intervention (PhD)
Manal Alhumud
Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau

Engaging low-income families in school-based health interventions: A case study of Food and Fun clubs in Wales (PhD)
Amy Bond

School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP) Evaluation 2017
Kelly Morgan, Linda McConnon, Graham Moore, Jemma Hawkins

Children’s and adolescents’ experience of emergency department and CAMHS Crisis Liaison Team service provision following presentation for self-harm: Systematic review and qualitative study
Rhiannon Evans, Jonathan Scourfield, Colin Powell, Ruth Turley, Lucy Biddle, Antonio Munoz-Solomando, Sarah MacDonald
Health Care Research Wales

Pre-intervention exploration of how teachers and stakeholders understand and theorise mental health and wellbeing in Welsh primary education (PhD)
Stephen Jennings
Health Care Research Wales


The CHARMING study: Choosing Active Role Models to Inspire Girls
Kelly Morgan (Cardiff University), Alison Fildes (University College London)
Cancer Research UK

Well-being and Health in Schools Project (WHISP): Phase I
Nina Gobat, Simon Murphy, Rhiannon Evans, Michael Robling (Cardiff University)
Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Health Collaboration Fund

How can interventions integrating health and academic education in schools help to prevent substance misuse and violence among young people? A systematic review and evidence synthesis
Chris Bonell, Tara Tancard (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Rona Campbell (University of Bristol), Adam Fletcher (Cardiff University), James Thomas (University College London), GJ Melendez-Torres (Warwick Medical School)

Children and young people’s self-harm and suicide research collaboration
Rhiannon Evans, Jonathan Scourfield, Nina Jacob (Cardiff Unviersity), Ann Johns (Swansea University), Astrid Janssens, Tamsin Ford, Christabel Owen (University of Exeter), Paul Stallard (University of Bath), Judi Kidger, David Gunnell, Becky Mars, Lucy Biddle (University of Bristol)

Development and feasibility testing of a school-based programme to prevent childhood burns (PhD)
Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, Alison Kemp, James White
The Healing Foundation

Development of methodological guidance for the coproduction of health interventions: Targeting wellbeing in secondary schools to prevent mental health issues (PhD)
Hayley Reed, Simon Murphy, Rhiannon Evans

Peer led interventions to reduce drug use (ASSIST + Frank)
James White, Laurence Moore, Simon Murphy, Rona Campbell, Chris Bonell, Adam Fletcher

Developing a teacher training programme for a Group Motivational Interviewing intervention to prevent alcohol misuse in secondary schools (GMI-Alc)
Simon Murphy, Jemma Hawkins, Nina Gobat

Impacts of e-cigarette regulation via the EU Tobacco Products Directive on young people’s use of e-cigarettes and tobacco: a natural experiemt
Graham Moore, Simon Murphy, Britt Hallingberg, Linda Bauld, Anne Marie Mackintosh, Laurence Moore, Linsay Gray, Marcus Munafo

Can alcohol media literacy training for children and young people prevent alcohol related harm? A realist review of what works for whom and in what contexts
Rachel Brown, Adam Fletcher, Simon Murphy


The School Health Research Network (SHRN): Building Research Literacy and Evidence-informed Practice
Simon Murphy, Joan Roberts, Gillian Hewitt, Adam Fletcher
ESRC Accelerator Funding

Co-production, feasibility testing and pilot RCT of Positive Choices: a school-based social marketing intervention to promote sexual health, prevent unintended teenage pregnancies and address health inequalities in England
Chris Bonell, Liz Allen, Diana Elbourne, Farah Jamal (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Adam Fletcher, Honor Young (Cardiff University), Rona Campbell, Christine Barter (University of Bristol), Juliet Hillier (Brook)

Mental Health in Schools – RCT of an intervention to improve mental health support and training for secondary school staff (WISE study)
Judi Kidger, Rona Campbell, David Gunell (University of Bristol), Rhiannon Evans, Simon Murphy (Cardiff University), Tamsin Ford (University of Exeter)

Behavioural and decision making sciences in healthcare – GW4 Network
Paul Harper (Cardiff University), Iain Gilchrist (University of Bristol), Martin Pitt (University of Exeter), Christos Vasilakis (University of Bath)
GW4 Building Communities Programme Initiator Fund

Research literacy for the Welsh Baccalaureate: a scoping study
Behnaz Schofield, Adam Fletcher, Hayley Reed, Nina Gobat (Cardiff University)
Wellcome Trust

E-cigarette use among young people in Wales: mixed methods research (PhD)
Elen de Lacy

Exploring theory, context and implementation of substance misuse policy in Welsh secondary schools (PhD)
Luke Midgley

Promoting the utilization of health improvement evidence by schools: Knowledge Translation (KT) intervention development in Welsh secondary schools
Ruth Turley

Understanding perceptions and utilisation of school-level tailored health profiles from a complex systems perspective: a mixed methods evaluation (PhD)
Hannah Littlecott
MRC and Cardiff University

Increasing physical activity in pre-school aged children: systematic review, individual participant meta-analysis and intervention pilot (PhD)
Ruth Kipping, Russ Jago, James White