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Nicotine, Alcohol and Tobacco Modules for students and professionals.

Upcoming Modules and Courses:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses in 2019/20:

"Nicotine and Tobacco: Current issues, Policy and Practice"
May 11th - May 14th 2020
University of Stirling

This is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module and Knowledge Exchange Workshop currently hosted by the University of Stirling on behalf of SPECTRUM. It is convened by Dr Allison Ford and has been successfully delivered for over ten years at various of our partner Universities throughout the UK.

Aimed at professionals working within relevant organisations with an interest in public health and policy, this CPD module is taught by a range of world-leading academics and practicioners including SPECTRUM researchers Professors Linda Bauld (Edinburgh), Jamie Brown (UCL), Jamie Pearce (Edinburgh) and Jeff Collin (Edinburgh) in addition to Dr Debbie Robson (KCL) and Dr Tessa Langley (Nottingham).

Further speakers include Professor Kamran Siddiqi (York) and Dr Sharon Cox (London South Bank) and others. The full agenda for the meeting is available below.

Our training programme allows expertise held by senior staff to be imparted to early career researchers and the wider research and professional community.

“Alcohol, Problems, Policy & Practice”
4th - 8th February 2019
Kings College London

We are excited to run a 30 Credit Masters module in alcohol as part of the MSc in Addiction Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.
The course is a mixture of blended learning, with face-to-face lectures being held in February 2019. It is open to all UKCTAS researchers as well as students of the MSc in Addiction Studies.

In 2019 the course will be offered to those outside of UKCTAS but this may come with extra fees, please contact Sadie for more information.

For more information contact Sadie Boniface on

"Tobacco Control Interventions"
28th Jan - 1st Feb 2019
University of Nottingham

This module held at the University of Nottingham is worth 10 credits for students and can be taken as a stand-alone module. The course is taught by leading academics and practitioners and is comprised of a combination of lectures, discussion groups and debates.

This year we will be discussing important factors in tobacco control including; youth smoking, the role of the tobacco industry, use of mass media for smoking prevention and cessation, smokefree legislation, harm reduction and the neurobiology of nicotine addiction.

For more information contact Rachael Murray on

"Nicotine and Tobacco"
21st - 24th May 2018
University of Stirling

Successfully introduced in 2015, the course is aimed at professionals working in a range of organisations who are interested in public health and policy. The module is taught by leading academics and practitioners.

In addition to the topics covered on our previous tobacco control CPD, we will also be examining in detail the current evidence on tobacco harm reduction, electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-containing devices.

*NEW FOR 2018*

More information about this course

"Alcohol Policy in Practice"
11-13th September 2018
Bath, UK

Following the successful courses held in 2014-2017; we are delighted to announce the line-up for our 2018 course, featuring some exciting new inputs.

This year’s course, held in the beautiful city of Bath, will feature inputs from Prof. Anna Gilmore and colleagues from the University of Bath, Dr Carol Emslie from Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr James Nicholls from Alcohol Research UK, and Professor Karine Gallopel-Morvan from the EHESP School of Public Health, France. We also welcome the return of highly-rated inputs from leading experts such as Katherine Brown from the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Colin Shevills of Balance North East.

For more information please contact our CPD team at the University of Stirling on:

Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol Symposium
June 5-9th 2017
University of Sheffield

In June 2017 the annual Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol Symposium will be held in Sheffield, UK.

The principal aims of KBS are to investigate social, epidemiological and cross-cultural research on alcohol use, to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and experiences among researchers from various disciplines and to encourage international collaboration.

The conference is generously supported by the Institute for Alcohol Studies, Alcohol Research UK, and the Society for the Study of Addiction.

For more information contact the Sheffield team on

KBS2017 Official Website

Wednesday 20th September 2017
University of Stirling

Alcohol is no ordinary commodity but its presence and marketing seem ubiquitous. In this workshop, we will explore how policymakers, public health experts and researchers are responding to industry efforts to expand the presence and normality of alcohol in our lives. With inputs from leading international researchers and advocates we will explore alcohol marketing and availability in a digital age; industry manoeuvres, and potential countermeasures.

This workshop is organised by the University of Stirling in conjunction with the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), a Public Health Research Centre of Excellence which includes 13 universities (


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