News round-up

Edinburgh Festival success for Theatre Studies grads & tutor

A number of alumni and staff from the Theatre, Film and Television Studies department have been successful in winning prestigious awards at this year's Edinburgh Festival. 

Richard Gadd: Theatre Studies graduate scooped the Edinburgh Comedy Award (known as the ‘Oscars of comedy’) for his show ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’

Nic Green: Theatre Studies Tutor jointly won a Total Theatre Award for her show ‘Cock and Bull’

Kieran Hurley: Theatre Studies graduate won a Fringe First for his show ‘Heads Up’

Callum Smith: Theatre Studies graduate picked up a Fringe First as producer of Jenna Watt's ‘Faslane’

UofG represented in Converge Challenge

The University of Glasgow will be represented by three finalists in the Converge Challenge.

  • Graduate Susanne Mitschke has been shortlisted for her app mindmate; a platform to assist those living with dementia.
  • Undergraduate student Tomasz Sadowski has made the shortlist with Opinew; a programme that organises online reviews.
  • Reaching the top 10 of the KickStart category is Dr Ravinder Dahiya with SmArtLimb; customisable and affordable Smart Artificial Prosthetic Limbs with embedded touch sensors

Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge, said: It’s always tough to shortlist nominees and this year’s top 10 are the best yet.

“Converge Challenge is becoming a vital opportunity for start-ups to engage with and it’s not only good for them, it’s good for Scotland’s economy. Over 80% of Converge Challenge companies go on to secure follow-on funding with alumni having secured over £34 million of funding and employing over 150 staff since 2011.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on 22 September.

Dr Donna Yates on BBC World Service

Dr Donna Yates, Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at UofG took part in a discussion on ‘What is the cost of preserving the past?’ on BBC World Service.

About the show

There was widespread shock and international condemnation when the Islamic State group destroyed the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra in 2015. But why does preserving heritage matter? Does an exploration of the past always bring unity, or is there a danger that preserving history can fuel divisions? And are we in danger of prioritising culture over human life? 

Listen again at Newshour Extra

Emerging Entrepreneur nominations open

Business Quarter has launched a campaign to find the National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

Nominations are open to find individuals who have the potential to succeed in business and in turn make a positive contribution to local, regional and national economies. 

This is a chance to nominate yourself or anyone in the University who inspires you with their entrepreneurial spirit!

To find out more visit BQ National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

First published: 30 August 2016

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