Have your say on how Archives & Special Collections can best help you

Published: 16 May 2019

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Here are the thoughts of two of our current academic partners:

I have run a joint course on ‘Art, Culture and Patronage in Renaissance Scotland’ with ASC and the Hunterian since 2015. Each student on the course is given hands-on access to a unique sixteenth/seventeenth-century artefact – a book, manuscript, coin or other source – and asked to undertake detailed research on it, which is then written up and posted as a long blog on the course website (www.glasgowuniscotrenaissance.wordpress.com). The course has had stellar feedback since launch, with students especially praising the ‘hands-on’ and ‘practical’ experience the course offers. In 2017-18, we ran a series of objects dedicated to Mary Queen of Scots, and the collective student research led to the realisation that Glasgow has a major international collection of Marian material which is untapped. This fact formed the basis of a successful RSE grant bid in 2018, but would not have been found without the course. The course also won the Student Teaching Award in 2019 for Highly Innovative Teaching.
I can’t recommend Archives & Special Collections as teaching partners highly enough, and students are really excited for these kinds of opportunities.
Dr Steven Reid, Senior Lecturer, History/School of Humanities

This Spring I have been piloting a series of “Global History Hackathons” with L&TDF-support. ASC staff have been crucial to conceptualising, planning and delivering the series, including the first hackathon using the James Finlay company archives. After these events, student Global History Hackers report doubling their confidence using archival collections and come away with new appreciation of “how local archives and specific sources can be a rich source for understanding global events, exchanges, and structure” (Student hacker).
University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections offer unparalleled opportunities for teaching and research at all stages—what I am hearing from students is that they want MORE of it!
Dr Hannah-Louise Clark, Lecturer in Global Economic and Social History

First published: 16 May 2019