Reach 10 - Welcome


Welcome to the 10th edition of Reach, the College of Arts’ industry engagement newsletter. This edition has one over-arching theme and that’s future-thinking. The College continues to look toward the future by exploring the potential of new technology, perspectives and spaces. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about some of our latest case studies and find yourself inspired by future-thinking.

As mentioned in Reach 09, the College has begun to contribute to some fascinating new ventures at the newly developed Kelvin Hall. In this edition, we hear from Lesley Young, a lecturer in History of Art, about the one-day event, In/Human: The Body as Resource, held at Kelvin Hall on 11th March 2017. This was the inaugural collaboration between the MLitt Curatorial Practice and the Hunterian.

Lesley refers to In/Human as the ‘opening gambit’ to test the possibilities of collaboration in this new space. New spaces are not our only concern, of course. Our experts are carving a role for local communities and organisations in the future of some of the oldest of spaces, such as the archaeological excavation sites at Strathearn and Forteviot.

Academics in the arts are encouraging us to consider fresh perspectives. They have been pressuring publishers to reproduce classic literature which has remained censored in Spain since the Franco era. Their work champions the unsung voices of people from vulnerable communities like refugees and people who have experienced homelessness with the hope of re-shaping perspectives and inspiring meaningful change in the future.

They are pushing the boundaries of new technology and asking how it could be used to enhance teaching and research outside of the academy. Philosophers are questioning the teaching potential and the ethical implications associated with using virtual and augmented reality technology. And linguistic experts have developed a semantic tagger to allow researchers to search for ideas and concepts and not just words.

The impact of some of these studies has been positive and empowering, but it is only the beginning. The results of the UK Live Music Census are yet to be published, but the toolkit that Martin Cloonan and his collaborators have created will empower music-lovers who are fighting to keep live music venues open across the country. The writing workshops inspired by the Homeless World Cup will continue, and the desire to engage with the refugee community in Scotland is growing.

We hope you enjoy this latest issue. If you think there is any way in which the College might engage with you or your organisation, please do not hesitate to get in touch: we would very much like to hear from you. Contact us at


Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh

Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts

Iar-Phrionnsabal agus Ceannard Cholaiste nan Ealain



If you wish to find out more about the College of Arts or about how you can progress your ideas (i) as an academic wishing to engage with a non-academic organisation or (ii) as a non-academic organisation interested in engaging with the academic knowledge base, please email the College of Arts KE Team.


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