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Scotland’s Gay Men’s Survey 2022– Understanding the sexual and mental health needs of gay, bisexual and other men-who-have-sex-with-men, post-Covid-19.


School of Health and Life Sciences

Glasgow United Kingdom Health Psychology Psychology

About the Project

Reference: SHLS20049

In Scotland, gay, bisexual and other men-who-have-sex-with-men (GBM) experience higher levels of HIV and most other sexually transmitted infections than the general population and are disproportionately affected by poor mental health, poor physical health alongside increased alcohol and recreational drug use. Scotland’s Gay Men’s Bar Survey (SGMBS) is a longitudinal project, which has investigated the sexual and wider health of GBM in Scotland every 3 years since 1996 alongside unlinked anonymous HIV and Hepatitis C testing. This work drives policy and 3rd-sector work in Scotland, has underpinned HIV PrEP provision in Scotland and driven international studies investigating syndemics and mental health among GBM worldwide.

 The aim of this PhD project is to lead and analyse the 2022 iteration of SGMBS, to examine the mental and sexual health needs of GBM, post-Covid-19.

 Our key research questions are to examine how Covid-19 has impacted;

1. Mental health;

2. Alcohol and recreational drug use;

3. Sexual health testing and behaviours;

4. Undiagnosed HIV and Hepatitis C;

5. post-Covid-19 community recovery;

of GBM in Scotland.

Study Design – cross-sectional survey with biological sample collection

Sampling Frame - commercial gay scenes of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 The PhD Researcher will develop, pilot and deliver Scotland’s Gay Men’s Bar Survey 2022 (n=1000 participants), training and co-ordinating a team of n=40 survey fieldworkers. They will analyse these quantitative data to track longitudinal changes pre-post Covid-19 and across the duration of the SGMBS project. They will also develop their own research question (e.g. exploring community development to enhance mental health) to further shape their PhD focus and develop specific research skills further (e.g. qualitative interviews).

The successful candidate will have a social science honours degree, and ideally MSc in a related area (e.g. psychology, sociology, public health). You will have previous experience of quantitative research methods, survey development and administration, multivariate statistical analysis, training and leading small teams. An understanding of issues impacting the LGBTQQI+ community, as well as working with our community, is desirable.

This project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. 

For full-time study of this project, apply here

For part-time study of this project, apply here


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