Case Study Magazine

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by Jennifer Hilder (PhD Intern)

Pages from the online case study magazine.
Pages from the online case study magazine.

The online case study magazine collects together the 74 case studies from Industry Day, spread over the eight themes (Cultural Education, Digital, Dress and Textiles, Film and Broadcasting, Heritage, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Writing and Publishing). These case studies were all available individually as beautifully made postcards, which were free to take away from the stand of the relevant theme. The feedback from the day suggested that they really helped to bring each of the themes to life.

For me, reading the case studies was the highlight of organising Industry Day. Every day another few would be emailed in from academics and I would cut them down to around 100 words to fit into the postcard design. In the process of editing these case studies I got a snapshot of everything that was going on in the College of Arts. It gave me a detailed overview of all the most exciting projects happening in the college, and now you can see them all at a glance too.

The case studies are useful whether you are an academic within the College of Arts or a representative from a business or institution outside the college, because they can give you ideas about what is possible, who you can work with, and how your project could be funded.

If you are an academic who wants to collaborate with an external organisation then the magazine is full of examples of ways for you to approach institutions with projects either big or small. Thinking big, how about using your research to tell an exciting story on TV or radio (p.57)? Or, at a more local level, could you help Glasgow Council work out their new housing policy (p.61)? You might be more suited to teaching language and culture to children in the local community like Dr Saeko Yazaki (p.13), or you could work with a PhD student to help a museum uncover a famous figure or object in their archives, like one pair did for the Fashion Museum in Bath (p.37).

As a business, you might have an idea that only an expert or team of experts can help you with, just like VisitScotland, who collaborated with Professor Alan Riach on their charmingly insightful A Traveller’s Guide to Literary Scotland (p.93). It might be that you are the owners of a large collection that needs archiving or digitising, like Whistler’s etchings (p.82) or, on an even bigger scale, the 200,000 oil paintings in the UK’s national collections (p.85). More surprisingly, perhaps, the College of Arts can also help if you are a company that is concerned with the information security risks associated with mobile phones (p.21).

Knowledge Exchange in action: Jenni Steele (VisitScotland) and Professor Alan Riach promoting A Traveller's Guide to Literary Scotland.
Knowledge Exchange in action: Jenni Steele (VisitScotland) and Professor Alan Riach promoting ‘A Traveller’s Guide to Literary Scotland’.

There really is a lot of talent here in the College of Arts, so I’m sure there’s a project, or some research, or an academic, who can capture your imagination. If you do have an idea, the college would love to know about it so get in touch today!

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