Projects funded through GKE Fund 2015/16

Full Grant Projects

George Baillie, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Science
In-Vitro Validation of Anti-Cancer Peptide Conjugate (£30,000)
The project combined the protein:protein interaction targets discovered by the Baillie Lab with Portage Pharmaceuticals Ltd linkers to test a number of combinations in-vitro. From there the most promising candidate was tested in an appropriate in-vivo model.

Matthew Chalmers, Computing Science
Understanding Student Flow (£6,900)
The project extended an existing beacons network tracking student flow to develop ‘smart’ operations across its new campus – namely strengthening the student experience and optimising resource/space allocation, informed by real-time behavioural tracking to support ongoing understanding. In addition to this the School of Computing Science organised a hack event targeted at UOG students - supported by external industry partners.

Nick Fells, Culture and Creative Arts
Developing Spatial Sound tools with Incalcando (£7,830)
The researchers worked with Incalcando to develop new code to realise and translate a range of Fells' theories and existing prototypes (currently in MAX format) into C++ for integration into the Parat+ app framework.

Ramona Fotiade, Modern Languages and Cultures
Lev Shestov - The Thought from the Outside Celebrating Lev Shestov's 150th Anniversary (£4,050)
Funding supported and exhibition and production of a catalogue devoted to the life and work of influential 20th century philosopher of religion, Lev Shestov.

Bernard Francq, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Measurement Uncertainty in Method Comparison Studies (£16,615)
The project dealt with biostatistics and measurement uncertainty by means of errors-in-variables regressions and tolerance intervals, creating an R package (add-in for free statistical software R).

Mo Hume, Social and Political Sciences
Preventing Gender Violence in Central America: Lessons for Practice (£3,970)
The project explored the challenges and opportunities provided by prevention in complex situations of chronic violence such as those found in Central America, developing ongoing collaboration with Oxfam (America and Central America), building new networks among local governmental and non-governmental bodies in Guatemala and engaging in the co-production of knowledge to inform the strategies that Oxfam use to promote gender justice in contexts of chronic violence.

Tiziano Lembo, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
A Participatory One Health approach to understanding and controlling bacterial zoonoses in Tanzania (£21,680)
The project supported and enhanced the engagement of key stakeholders in new and ongoing research projects on bacterial zoonoses in Tanzania to maximise the potential for impact of research.

David Lennon, Chemistry
Towards a mechanistic understanding of the methanol-to-gasoline reaction over zeolites (£19,640)
Funding was used to purchase a new FTIR spectrometer to carry out catalyst characterisation studies, necessary to understand the relevance and significance of inelastic neutron scattering data.

David Martin-Jones, Culture and Creative Arts
Online Museum to Scotland's Contribution to Film and Television (£8,750)
Funding enabled a feasibility study to be carried out to determine the potential for an online museum to Scotland’s contribution to film and television celebrating our inventors, directors, producers, stars, scriptwriters, musicians, locations, cinema-going history, etc. as well as providing an overview of intertwined histories of film and television.

Amy Nimegeer, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Maximising the Impact of the Understanding Health Research Tool (£11,390)
Funding enabled testing, refinement and dissemination of the Understanding Health Research Tool, an interactive online tool which helps non-researchers to assess the quality of health-related research evidence.

Nick Pearce, Culture and Creative Arts
Provenance in Chinese Art: From research to public resource (£8,000)
The research base informing this project stems from two Asian art provenance projects led by the applicant: the first one undertaken in 2004-5 and funded by the AHRC, tested the feasibility of provenance research in the area of Chinese art. Using the Chinese works of art in the Burrell Collection and amassed during a period on intense collecting between 1911 and 1956, the research uncovered dealer archives and other unpublished and published sources necessary to build an unbroken chain of previous collectors and, in some cases, a chain back to China as a source country.

Bryony Randall and Alison Wiggins, Critical Studies
Cultural Encounters with The Cottier Chamber project 2016 (£3,000)
The researchers worked with the Glasgow music festival, Cottier Chamber Project, on four ‘Cultural Encounters’ events comprising music and spoken word, using four historical figures to explore some of the ways in which people, information and ideas have travelled to and from the UK across the last four centuries.

Richard Reeve, BAHCM
Release of seasonal influenza A H1N1 and H3N2 datasets (£6,965)
The project followed an MRC studentship which started a new collaboration with the Worldwide Influenza Centre, working on understanding the evolution of influenza viruses. The student had access to the entire WIC archive of serological and sequence data dating back decades. The project released the serological data, an enormously valuable resource not previously fully accessible to researchers.

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, Engineering
Survey of commercialisation opportunities of the HealiOst technology in the orthopaedics market (£17,500)
The project commercialised HealiOst technology, a system based on synthetic materials and recombinant proteins that has been shown to mimic biologically complex microenvironments that enhance cell growth, proliferation and/or differentiation, such as mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation and vasculogenesis.

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, Engineering
Microencapsulated living biointerfaces (£9,900)
Funds were used to build a working prototype for a new in vitro stem cell culture model, first for an osteogenic culture model, as a pivotal step to develop a new product for the drug discovery and adme-tox service market.

Leilach Sheiner, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Transgenic parasites as a platform for delivering protein to the CNS (£27,410)
The project reappropriated the existing machinery of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that evolved to perform the exact function that is lacking in the field: the synthesis and delivery of proteins to cells within the CNS.

Jaime Toney, Geographical and Earth Sciences
Novel Methods for Organotin Detection and Quantification (£14,380)
In this project, the method for detecting and measuring organotin compound, trioctyltin-chloride (TOT-Cl), will be investigated and applied to solving two key problems: 1. Is the ScottishWater industrial wastewater treatment system effective at reducing TOT-Cl concentrations to within the derived Environmental Action Level used when assessing the application to conduct the production trial (<10ng/L)? and 2. What is the solubility of TOT-Cl in water? If it is less than that of tributyltinchloride (TBT-Cl), should the SEPA regulation for TOT-Cl be increased and by how much?


Small Grants Projects

David Archibald, Culture and Creative Arts
Radical Film Network (£2,950)
Funding supported a unique and innovative constellation of events and screenings as part of the Radical Film Network Festival and Unconference, which brought together the collective efforts of activists, academics, and cultural workers from over thirty Scottish-based organisations engaged with radical film culture.

Evelyn Arizpe, Education
Literacy Practices: Past and Present (£2,660)
A workshop and community event which used children’s books to think about the historical and current role of literacy practices in daily lives and how they continue to change, both in print and digital forms.

Chris Bunn, Social and Political Sciences
EuroFIT: 5-a-side tournament for publicity materials (£1,950)
High quality marketing materials were produced to promote an evidence and theory-based, gender sensitised, health and lifestyle program (European Fans in Training (EuroFIT)) which is designed to attract men at risk of ill health to lifestyle change through the loyalty they feel to the football club they support.

Matt Dalby, Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Giving Stem Cells a Good Nanokicking - Exhibition at Royal Society Summer Show (£2,000)
The display at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2016 presented nanokicking technology being developed towards a spin out.

Thereza Raquel Sales De Aguiar, Business School
Broadening Engagement: Using arts to account for climate change (£1,500)
Funding supported a workshop to gather information to organize a public exhibition on
Glasgow City Council carbon emissions.

Minty Donald, Culture and Creative Arts
Then-Now: Public art, place-making, heritage and the environment (£2,980)
The project investigated, through a practice-based methodology, perceptions about the impact of so-called ‘permanent’ ‘public’ art with regards to ideas of place-making, enhancing environmental awareness and increasing engagement with heritage sites.

Andrew Greg, Culture and Creative Arts
Developing Public Engagement in the National Inventory Research Project (£2,950)
Funding enabled design and fundraising for a project to research and publish detailed information on pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings in regional and under-researched collections across the UK.

Philip Habel, Social and Political Sciences
BA Newton Advanced Fellowship 2015 (£1,155)
A programme focusing on early to mid-career international researchers who have already established (or are in the process of establishing) a research group or research network and already have a research track record.

Tracy Ibbotson, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
SPCRN Glasgow (£1,440)
Funding supported a 12 month pilot of SPCRN, a national primary care research network in Scotland which helps recruit patients into primary care research and supports researchers.

Carl Lavery, Culture and Creative Arts
On Ruins and Ruination (£800)
A one-day public forum was held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow, in which extant crossdisciplinary research on ruins within the School of Culture and Creative Arts was discussed and shared with creative industries collaborators and stakeholders in the Arts in Glasgow and Scotland.

Martin Lee, Geographical and Earth Sciences
Royal Society Summer Exhibition (£2,000)

Hayden Lorimer, Geographical and Earth Sciences
PGR Conference ‘How Critical is Research Impact?’ (£1,500)
A two-day PGR conference for human geographers and social scientists.

John Marshall, Veterinary Medicine
Enabling Impact in Veterinary Medicine: Royal Highland Show 2016 (£2,340)
A stand at the Royal Highland Show incorporated three major themes to public engagement strategy (1) Awareness of clinical and consultancy services offered by the SVM (2) Research, Education and Animal Health, and (3) The role of EPIC in disease outbreak investigation.

Heather McLean, Geographical and Earth Sciences
The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (£1,000)
This cabaret and workshop brought together a transnational network of artists and academics addressing the theme of precariousness or casualised labour in their work.

Hamish McLeod, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Innovations in psychosocial rehabilitation - A KE & priority setting event (£2,970)
A KE/PE event was held to engage multiple stakeholders and raise the University’s profile as a major contributor to finding effective solutions to complex mental health problems.

Fergus McNeill, Critical Studies
Support for Festival of Social Science event (£1,000)

Angela Melley, Education
Educational Renovation/Reform in Vietnam and the Asian Region - Sharing Lessons and Experiences (£2,490)
A conference in Vietnam to disseminate the findings of a joint funded HEP with the British Council in Veitnam, ‘Capacity building through professional development and collaborative research to enable educational reform implementation in Vietnam’.

Marina Moskowitz, Humanities
Glasgow University Knits: A prototype pattern book (£2,000)
A prototype pamphlet of swatch patterns designed by our previous ‘Knitter in Residence’, Susan McComb, was produced and distributed to delegates at the 2015 In the Loop conference. This was used as a means of gathering feedback from delegates, and to begin conversations with other designers to participate in a bigger pattern book project with commercial potential, to be carried out in 2017.

Charles Orzech, Critical Studies
Workshop on Religious Objects for Burrell/St Mungo (£300)
Funding helped to support a two day workshop for curators and administrators on the display of religious objects in the Burrell Collection and the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

Frank Pollick, Psychology
Assessing Expertise of CCTV Operators in Judging Hostile Intent (£1,000)
The project supported an ESRC grant bid investigating how experience in working as a CCTV operator changes behavioural responses and brain activity while making judgments of whether actions showed harmful intent, and exploring whether the experimental materials can be used in screening and other applications in the field.

Anthony Ridge-Newman, Social and Political Sciences
Human rights and Media: Reflections for Policy Makers, NGO's and Journalists (£1,365)
The project brought together experts form inside and outside of academia to share perspectives and information on the impact of media in human rights debates at a Glasgow-based workshop.

Fraser Rowan, Business Development, Arts
International Centre for Magazines (£1,000) and Aye Rights (£500)

Michele Schweisfurth, Education
Developmental Leadership in the Philippines - Policy brief (£240)
Funds were used to print a policy brief on the relationship between education and the formation of developmental, pro-poor leadership in the Philippines.

Benjamin Thomas White, History
Child refugees, past and present: a knowledge exchange workshop (£1,150)
A workshop and public engagement reception was held which strengthened existing partnerships and formed new ones, both domestically and internationally.

Donna Yates, Social and Political Sciences
U.S. Department of State's Cultural Property Advisory Committee Meeting (£1,000)
Funding was be used to provide expert commentary at a meeting concerning the extension of a bilateral antiquities trafficking international agreement with Bolivia.

Paul Younger, Engineering
Collaborative resolution of conflicts between natural resource exploitation and water resources in rural South America: the case of Colombia (£2,900)
Funding supported a visit to Colombia to develop a regeneration programme in areas affected by uncontrolled gold mining and a dynamic, conceptual and mathematical model of sediment transport and deposition in the Río Quito and the Atrato downstream of the confluence, constrained by sediment quality analysis over several seasonal cycles.