Arts Industry Day: Ní neart go cur le chéile (There is no strength until we pull together)

With over 230 people registered, the College of Arts Industry Day 2015 presented a unique opportunity for organisations from private, public and third sector organisations to learn of the many ways to benefit from the strengths and resources available within the College of Arts. Chaired by the BBC’s Sally McNair and featuring experts from arts, […]

KTP: Innovate UK’s Best Kept Secret?

You may have decided that you wish to engage with a university. Thats the first hurdle out of the way. The mechanism by which you will engage is the next challenge. For organisations seeking to improve their competitiveness through accessing university expertise, Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme could be the perfect engagement mechanism. […]

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College of Arts Industry Day 2015

Where better to connect with the College of Arts than Industry Day 2015? On Friday 5 June we want to show you the very best of our partnerships to inspire new projects for the future. You can hear from some of our key collaborators throughout the day, including Alan Leslie (Northlight Heritage), John Hume (RCAHMS) […]

50 Years of Digital in the College of Arts

There are some truly first class research projects within the College of Arts that have a sizable digital component and Arts researchers have been engaging with digital technologies for a long time – a quite surprisingly long time, in fact. The earliest digital research project in the College that we know of took place way […]

Working with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on NationLive

Scottish universities have a tradition of being responsive to the needs of industry and civil society: this means that engagement ‘beyond the cloisters’ with commercial, artistic and welfare communities is simply part of our day to day work. Often this means that serendipitous connections built up over time lead to unanticipated consequences. So it was […]

Visual Arts Crossovers

Two and a half years ago, while at Jeremy Deller’s Joy in People exhibition at the Hayward, during his re-enactment film of the miner’s strike, the Battle of Orgreave, I killed off a character in my second novel. In the manuscript all the signs of ill-fortune were already written – risk, storm, grief – but […]

Is ‘Industry’ a Dirty Word?

In the Arts, in academe, ‘industry’ is sometimes seen as a dirty word. Well the ‘industries’ that I engage with are various and represent a huge support to the research I do on Robert Burns. I work with the ‘creative industries’, where our events at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies often involve musical performances […]

Life Is A Journey – Mapping Metaphor

Describing life as a journey is a metaphor that works in a straightforward and predictable way. It is very common to take a concrete idea (a journey) and use it to describe an abstract concept (life). It is a metaphor that most people would understand and use without thinking, but do you know when that […]

Writing and Publishing: ‘On Getting Out the House’

Writing is a dangerous profession. There are the obvious hazards: alcoholism, drug misuse, the misery inherent in spending every day probing the darkest recesses of the human soul. And then there’s the loneliness. The tendency to spend one’s days chained to the desk, drinking too much coffee and eating too many gelatine-free Percy Pig sweets. […]

A National Academy of Comics in Glasgow?

‘As we all know, the world’s first comic was invented in Glasgow.’ Prof Laurence Grove might not be right that we are all aware of comic book history, but perhaps he hopes we soon will be. With an exhibition at The Hunterian in 2016, Laurence is also in talks with the Centre for Contemporary Arts […]