Who have we worked with?

Over the last five years, the College of Arts has worked with over 400 organisations external to the University of Glasgow. The type of engagement varies for each organisation, however, key to the process is delivering the needs of the partner.

Micro-Phonics Limited
Micro-Phonics Limited

Read the article from the Oct 2012 KE Newsletter on how Micro-phonics collaborated with linguists from English Language using a First Step Award.

The Citizens Theatre
The Citizens Theatre

Case study to be uploaded soon.

The National Galleries Scotland
The National Galleries Scotland

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Tern TV
Tern TV

Case study to be uploaded soon.

SCAPE
SCAPE

Case study to be uploaded soon.

The Aristotelian Society
The Aristotelian Society

Case study to be uploaded soon.

rm Star
rm Star

A local SME focused on the development of 3D-visualisation tools, RM* engaged with the School of Culture and Creative Arts to work with academics in Music. Using a First Step Award which provided a £5,000 buy out of academic time, the company and academic investigated the relationship between 3D visulaisation and sound. The outputs were a number of public performances from which audience feedback was used by the company to develop future research and development activities.

Bord na Gaidhlig
Bord na Gaidhlig

The Bòrd na Gàidhlig (‘Gaelic Language Board’, BnaG) has been a partner of the College of Arts, through the Celtic and Gaelic department, since 2009 and together important steps continue to be taken in broadening and encouraging access to the Gaelic language and culture across Scotland. The first achievement was the Gaelic Language Initiative (Gàidhlig@ the University of Glasgow), which was funded by the BnaG alongside the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Scottish Government. This enabled the university to appoint the first ever Gaelic Language Officer in Scotland, a move that has since been followed by other Scottish universities. The project also promoted Gaelic language and culture across the university. To complement this project, further funding from the BnaG was obtained to investigate the current Gaelic-speaking ability across the university, interest and awareness in Gaelic cultural events and the importance attached to Gaelic language and culture, through a survey in 2009. From over 2,000 participants, 55% expressed an interest in learning Gaelic, and the same number considered Gaelic important to Scotland’s cultural life. As well as this, a much larger report was compiled for the BnaG investigating the current and future landscape of Language Technologies (like Corpus) for Gaelic. This was a significant affirmation of the BnaG’s relationship with the College of Arts, as the work and associated funding were awarded after a tendering process. The substantial and detailed report, including a ‘Roadmap for Gaelic’, has now been published for the BnaG to act on. A second research tender on corpus planning has also been won and research commences in January 2013. To support these developments on an academic level, the SFC, BnaG and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise has funded the inter-university Soillse initiative, which supports Gaelic sociolinguistic research. Working with the BnaG both inside and outside the world of academia, the College of Arts is contributing to the revival and resilience of Gaelic in Scotland.

The Annandale Distillery
The Annandale Distillery

Over the course of a few years, the Annandale distillery engaged with the College of Arts on three separate projects, exploiting the knowledge base of Scottish Literature, Scottish History and Archaeology. Read a full in-depth article on the development of the relationship and the ways which the business financed its engagement.

Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Glasgow Life
Glasgow Life

A unique relationship exists between the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Life which enables the best possible care and research is undertaken into Glasgow’s vast world-class collections. Read full articles on this relationship and on the experiences of a member of staff from Glasgow Museums and her role within the College of Arts.

The Iona Community
The Iona Community

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Me and the Giants
Me and the Giants

The College of Arts assisted in the development of projects which enable the business to develop games based learning tools for toddlers. Although there are many such apps on mobile platforms, they are rarely based upon an academic, evidence based programme of learning and are often not as educational as they seem. Me and the Giants, engaged with the School of Education and the Subject area of Psychology using two First Step Awards to buy out academic time to deliver on these research based projects.

Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland

The Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, part of the History department in the University’s College of Arts, was commissioned by Historic Scotland to work on up to 50 sites for inclusion in its Inventory of Scottish Battlefields. Historic Scotland announced the completion of the initial stage and development of the Inventory at the end of 2012, at which point 39 battlefields had been officially recognised under the Scottish Historic Environmental Policy. Their identification means that they will be protected and managed for future generations. Researchers Dr Iain Banks and Dr Tony Pollard have also worked hard to create inventory reports justifying the inclusion of each site, and were surprised at the enthusiasm of local people to have their site recognised. Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop called the research ‘a real achievement’ as it had resulted in a better understanding of all 50 sites, even the 11 that were not ultimately included in the inventory.

Anderson Bell and Christie
Anderson Bell and Christie

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Glasgow City Council
Glasgow City Council

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Page and Park Architects
Page and Park Architects

The firm engaged with the School of Humanities to establish a better method of accessing and storing the vast amount of digital data they were rapidly developing, as a busy architectural practice. The work, undertaken by Dr Iain Anderson, was enabled using a First Step Award which bought out his time to deliver on this research intensive project.

Comunn na Gaidhlig
Comunn na Gaidhlig

Case study to be uploaded soon.

The National Trust for Scotland
The National Trust for Scotland

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Skene Group Limited
Skene Group Limited

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The Arches Theatre and Venue Glasgow
The Arches Theatre and Venue Glasgow

The AHRC recently funded a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Arches Theatre, undertaken by Dr David Overend and supervised by Minty Donald and Professor Deirdre Heddon from the College of Art’s School of Culture and Creative Arts. David spent the three years of his PhD as an artist in residence at the Arches arts centre underneath Glasgow’s central station. The project provided an opportunity to develop an already strong relationship between the College of Arts and the Arches, with Artistic Director Jackie Wylie as his non-academic supervisor on the project. Using creative practice as a research methodology, David directed a series of ‘site-specific’ theatre performances at the venue, working closely with the many communities that use and inhabit the site. Recognising the Arches as more than just a collection of bricks, lighting rigs and office equipment, David developed a series of performances that responded to the venue’s seven vast arches, filled daily and nightly with clubs, meetings, arts and corporate events. The project explored this constantly changing, continually evolving, relational space, by working with the evocative architecture and the constant rumbling of trains overhead, the history of industry and settlement, and the nightclubs and performances that have filled the building for the last twenty-one years. The Arches, the University and David all benefitted from this collaboration in a number of ways, and several collaborations have resulted from the partnership. Most recently, David directed Bullet Catch by Rob Drummond for the Arches, which won Herald Angel and Total Theatre Awards and will tour internationally in 2013/14. David was recently appointed Lecturer in Performance at the University of the West of Scotland.

Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland and the College of Arts are connected through the University’s Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR), directed by Professor Philip Schlesinger, which was commissioned to work on the ‘21st Century Literacy’ project (a Creative Futures Think Tank). The project was motivated by the need to close the gap between literacy as taught in schools and literacy as experienced and required in everyday life. The project’s overall aims were to clarify definitions of literacy and approaches to learning and development, and to engage key organisations concerned with literacy development in Scotland in thinking about how to move forward. The work done by CCPR greatly contributed to these overall aims. Dr Katherine Champion carried out interviews with representatives of key organisations across Scotland and produced a report detailing their approach to literacy and the policy developments surrounding it. Work done by Susan Galloway also reviewed the current state of ‘literacy’ as a concept and as a pedagogical reality, in order to enable a meaningful discussion about literacy and how it can be realistically and effectively promoted across Scotland in the future. To gain broader range of perspectives on the subject, the University of Glasgow also hosted a successful seminar in March 2012. Seminar participants - who represented a wide range of interests - thought that the research and the debate it sparked off were a breakthrough and could be built on in future policy development. Creative Scotland, which considered the think tank exercise a great success in exploring the arguments in play, is now considering the next steps.

National Health Service - Education for Scotland
National Health Service - Education for Scotland

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan

Academics within the School of Humanities were involved in the development of a smart phone app, that enabled a greater degree of access to complex texts, which the publisher Palgrave MacMillan owned the copyright.

The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum

The College of Art has worked with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, (V&A) since 2009 through the university’s National Inventory Research Project (NIRP) and its director, Andrew Greg, a member of the History of Art department. The V&A research project made several significant long-term contributions to the museum, achieved through funding from the Kress Foundation and additional support from the University’s Chancellor’s Fund and the V&A itself. The project dovetailed perfectly with the museum’s programme of recataloguing of its fine art collections, and NIRP was able to carry out new research on, and create new catalogue records for, nearly 700 pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings in the museum. These new records were added to the V&A’s own online collection website and the project’s freely accessible ‘NICE Paintings’ online database (http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/NIRP/index.php). The significance of the research is evidenced by the fact that 168 paintings were reattributed and several notable discoveries made, including a reattribution of a painting to the famous Venetian painter Tintoretto. The research is contributing to the creation of the V&A’s new European galleries (due to open winter 2014) and will be the subject of an exhibition (opening April 2013) curated by one of the project’s research assistants, Ana Debenedetti. We are delighted that both researchers moved on to trainee curatorial posts in national museums and galleries. In 2013, subject to funding, NIRP will build on this successful experience with the V&A and work with three major galleries in the north of England who have expressed a willingness to participate.

The National Museums Scotland
The National Museums Scotland

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Mono
Mono

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Edinburgh City Council
Edinburgh City Council

Case study to be uploaded soon.

National Libraries Scotland
National Libraries Scotland

Case study to be uploaded soon.

International Fine Print Dealers Association
International Fine Print Dealers Association

Supported by grants totalling over £400,000 from the AHRC, the Lunder Foundation, the University’s Chancellor’s Fund and other sources, a team from the College of Art’s School of Culture and Creative Arts led by Professor Emerita Margaret MacDonald has completed a major, six year research project resulting in the online publication of a fully illustrated catalogue raisonné of the 490 etchings of J.M. Whistler (1834-1903). Glasgow University has a world-famous collection of Whistler's prints and copper-plates, which came to the University from the artist's estate. The project explored the creative processes of the American-born artist as etcher and print for the first time, in the context of printmaking and the art market in Europe and America.
Professor MacDonald worked in collaboration with the Hunterian and other major galleries and as a result is regularly consulted by art dealers, collectors and major auction houses to authenticate work and provide up-to-date information. The team have also helped many major collections to catalogue their holdings, advised and collaborated on exhibitions.
The team working on the etchings included experts in paper conservation, the art market, connoisseurship, history, media, European and American history; their multi-layered approach is reflected in the on-line publication. There, a huge amount of new research is now available in readily searchable form, with wonderful images that can be zoomed to see intricate details of the draughtsmanship. The advantages of on-line publication are obvious: in November some 4000 visitors from all over the world visited the website each day!

Glasgow Film Theatre
Glasgow Film Theatre

The Glasgow Film Theatre benefitted from a shared studentship, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, AHRC. Read the full in-depth article on the benefits of shared studentships and get involved.

The Hebridean Trust
The Hebridean Trust

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Christies Auction House
Christies Auction House

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Wildfire Television
Wildfire Television

Case study to be uploaded soon.

Cameron Finlay
Cameron Finlay

As well as establishing projects via the School of Chemistry, the College of Arts assisted in the development with links to the Glasgow School of Arts, School of Design where Cameron Finlay benefitted from student internships.

ARPL Architects
ARPL Architects

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National Theatre of Scotland
National Theatre of Scotland

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  Sheltand Heritage Association
Sheltand Heritage Association

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