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Welcome to BSG Scotland

We are a group of BSG members who live and/or work in Scotland. Our aims are:

To promote active membership of BSG within Scotland

To provide opportunities for meaningful and constructive networking

We have an organising group which meets to plan events and activities. We usually hold two networking seminars each year with recent topics including marginalisation, alcohol and drugs and self-management of long term conditions. Please see BSG EVENTS for details of forthcoming events. 

You will find details of other BSG Scotland members' research in the 
BSG Directory where you can search for members in Scotland. If you are a BSG member in Scotland, you will be very welcome to join us at our seminars.

BSG Scotland background

BSG Scotland is a local group within the British Society of Gerontology. BSG Scotland was initiated by Professor Mary Gilhooly, former President of BSG, together with the Scottish Research Forum on Ageing, Lesley Hart, Tilda Gaskell and others. Professor Debbie Tolson, Glasgow Caledonian University, was the first Chair of BSG Scotland. BSG Scotland was launched on 25 June 2002 at a conference held at Glasgow Caledonian University. Details of BSG Scotland events held since 2002 are given below BSG Scotland events.

A new organising group (see below) was formed in November 2004, with Susan Tester as Co-ordinator. The following remit was agreed:

  • To promote active membership of BSG within Scotland.
  • To provide opportunities for meaningful and constructive networking.
  • To contribute to policy consultations that had a Scottish dimension via BSG UK.

Members of the Organising Group

(as of February 2016)

Liz Adamson, Edingburgh Napier University
Jo Alexjuk, University of Edinburgh
Louise McCabe, University of Stirling
Jane Robertson, University of Stirling
Graeme Smith, Edingburgh Napier University
Susan Tester, University of Stirling
Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow Caledonian University
Karen Watchman, University of the West of Scotland

BSG Scotland Events Held


25 June 2002, Glasgow Caledonian University
Advancing the ageing agenda: connecting policy, practice and knowledge in Scotland

24 June 2003, University of Stirling
Ageing in a disabling society

19 June 2006, Glasgow Caledonian University
Ageing well – option of aspiration?

20 June 2008, Glasgow Caledonian University
Future landscapes of ageing 

14 June 2010, University of Stirling
Involving older people: meanings and methods


25 February 2005, Glasgow Caledonian University
Speakers: Harriet Mowat, Emmanuelle Tulle, Iain Atherton

11 November 2005, Glasgow Caledonian University
Speakers: Mary Gilhooly, Angela Kydd, Jo Hockley, Susan Kerr

6 November 2006, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Speakers: Ailsa Cook, Fiona Kelly, Tim Kelly

23 March 2007, University of Stirling
Speakers: Jane Burns; Alison Bowes and David Bell; Kevin O’Neill, Kenneth McAllister and Margaret Brown

9 November 2007, University Campus, Hamilton
Speakers: Liz Baikie, Julie Ferguson, Louise McCabe

7 November 2008, University of Stirling
Speakers: Anthea Innes, Corinne Adams, Claire Ballinger

30 April 2009, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Speakers: Melanie Lewin, Brittany Ellis, Kathryn MacKay

6 November 2009, Hamilton Campus, University of the West of Scotland
Speakers: Maria Wolters, Barbara Sharp, Jackie Gulland

5 November 2010, University of Dundee
Speakers: Lindsay Dingwall, Jane Robertson, Mike Ramsay

15th March 2012, Keeping Fit in Later Life, Glasgow Caledonian University 
Speakers: Dawn Skelton, Fergal Grace, Ruth Jepson, Emmanuelle Tulle. 

Student presentations: Angela Beggan, Jennifer Muhaidat, Billie-Jo Sharp, Victoria Palmer

6th March 2013, Risk, rights and resilience in later life, University of EdinburghSpeakers: Charlotte Clarke, Fiona Kelly, Karen Lorimer, Ken Laidlaw, Julie Christie

 6th November 2013, Alcohol and drugs in later life, University of Stirling

Speakers: Rowdy Yates, Louise McCabe, Veronica Smith, Val Tallon

24th March 2014, Self-management of long term conditions in later life, Glasgow Caledonian University

Speakers: Sally Wyke, Bill Culbard, Lisa Kidd, Christine Bucknall, Henry Rankin, Scottish Dementia Working Group

 5th November 2014, Marginalisation in later life, University of the West of Scotland

Speakers: Alison Bowes, Maria Zubair, Colin Clark, Katherine McMahon, Margaret Brown