News and events round-up

Empire Cafe

Image from the Empire Cafe WW1 event of a young West Indies soldierThe Empire Café, founded and directed by Jude Barber of Collective Architecture and Professor of Creative Writing, Louise Welsh, has been named Best Cultural Event of 2014 at the Scottish Events Awards.

The project was a multi-disciplinary exploration of Scotland's relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade and was part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme.

Part of the project was a film, telling the stories of Jamaican soldiers during the First World War, looking at how Jamaican identity developed through a change from slave to citizen.

For more details, visit the 14-18 Now website.

Several staff and students from the University of Glasgow made contributions to the project, including colleagues from Creative Writing, Scottish Literature, English Literature, Film & Television Studies and History.

EPSRC science photo competition

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has launched its third Science Photo competition which will run until midnight on Saturday 19 December 2015. The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students, giving them the opportunity to share their research through pictures and the chance to win prizes.

You can find out more on the EPSRC website:

Computing Science students help charities with IT

Four students who undertook projects to help local charities with solve their IT issues over the summer will be presenting their experiences at a public event in the Sir Alwyn Williams Building level 5 at 4pm on Friday 23 October .

Two pairs of students from the School of Computing Science - Kristina Lazarova and Euan Cockburn, and Viktor Bakayov and Alexandrina Pancheva - offered their assistance to Maggie’s Cancer Care and the Legal Services Agency and benefited from mentoring from members of staff from J.P. Morgan.

The program was successfully trialed last year through a UofG Settlement Find a Solution project with Toonspeak, a charity which provides free, high quality drama and theatre activities for young people aged 11-25 living in Glasgow.

IT internships for the Third Sector (ITI3) is currently funded by the University Settlement and the Chancellor’s Fund Currently, there are sufficient funds to offer one more ITI3 project in summer 2016, and the team are looking for additional funding: please send ideas (and/or cheques!) to Dr Helen Purchase at / 0141 330 4484.

First published: 20 October 2015

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