Reach 11 - Welcome


Welcome to the 11th edition of Reach, the College of Arts’ industry engagement newsletter. These are exciting times for the College. Following our earlier consultation, the College of Arts is now about to embark on the design stage of our new building, with the first stage of development due to be completed by 2022. It is important that we include the right facilities for collaborating with the world outside the University and we are therefore looking for your views on what facilities would make such a space attractive to you and your organisation from a collaboration point of view.

The Arts and Humanities give us the tools to tackle complex topics. In this edition of Reach, we explore the ambiguities in intelligence gathering creatively and innovatively, as we talk to Professor Peter Jackson about his contribution to a new course in Norway training intelligence analysts.

We speak to English Literature lecturer Elizabeth Reeder about the potential of the cross-genre essay to deal with difficult subjects in new ways at a time of political and cultural upheaval. We also hear about a new usercentred model of translation, which acknowledges the different needs of different users by using the user’s vocabulary.

Elsewhere, Glasgow academics are strengthening knowledge outside the University through working with others. Our philosophers are working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, teachers and students to improve subject knowledge for Higher Philosophy. History of Art academics are collaborating with experts across higher education institutions, museums, galleries, collectors and auction houses to deepen our understanding of Chinese Art in the UK. We have also joined the Competition and Markets Authority’s attempt to take on the exploitative practices aimed at children who play mobile games.

We also look at Archaeology academic Susannah Harris’ work on what is known as “Britain’s Pompeii” - the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement. Susannah is examining approximately 200 fibre and textile artefacts discovered at the site, giving us a unique insight into everyday Bronze Age life.

This edition also covers the Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Popular Music Studies, John Williamson’s long-term involvement with the Scottish Album of the Year awards. The awards aim to raise the profile of Scottish music being produced across all genres. At a time when careers in music are becoming less financially viable, the awards’ innovative approach to prize-giving also gives some of Scotland’s most creative artists the breathing space to continue their work.

If you or your organisation would like to work withthe College of Arts in any way, please do not hesitate to email us.


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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