Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh

Stand Up for Health is being led by SCPHRP, a research centre within the University of Edinburgh.

SCPHRP is a collaborative effort, working with partners spanning the United Kingdom and beyond, including academics, policy makers, practitioners, and volunteers/professionals from the third sector.

SCPHRP is based in the University of Edinburgh and is administratively housed within the School of Health in Social Science.


Team Members



Ruth is Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and the lead for this project. She is also leading on another NIHR PHR funded project. Ruth was part of the team that developed the 6SQuID framework and has expertise in intervention development and evaluation. Ruth will be responsible for project management, and ensuring all milestones are completed in a timely and robust manner.

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Divya Sivaramakrishan

Divya is a researcher with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. She has recently completed her PhD at the Physical Activity for Health Centre, University of Edinburgh. She is a mixed methods researcher with experience in intervention development. Divya will be a full time researcher on this project. She is also a yoga teacher.

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Jillian Manner

Jillian has been working at SCPHRP since 2017, and is the second full time researcher on the project. She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Waterloo (Canada), and has experience as an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and workplace disability case manager. Jillian will be working alongside Divya, coordinating and carrying out the intervention and collecting data from the 11 participating centres.


Andrew Stoddart

Andrew is a senior health economist working with 7 years experience in clinical trials. He has an active interest in costing methodology and the application of routine data linkage in health technology assessment, particularly in the estimation of service costs and/or remote patient follow up.

Dr Graham Baker

Graham is a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health and has expertise in the measurement of sedentary and physical activity behaviours. Graham also has expertise in qualitative methods and currently leads a qualitative work-package as part of an NIHR PHR funded project evaluating the programme theory and effects of a complex public health intervention on health inequalities.


Richard Parker

Richard is a Senior Statistician based in the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. He has statistical expertise and expertise in designing and running cluster randomised controlled studies and stepped wedge evaluations.


Scott Lloyd

Scott is Advanced Public Health Practitioner for Obesity, Physical Activity and Settings at Public Health South Tees. He has held lead roles in workplace health programmes since 2005 including supporting at least eight call centres to improve the health of staff with demonstrable results. His role in the study will be to assist with the recruitment of call centres via the North East Better Health at Work award and to provide expert advice and guidance, including making links with trade unions.