Projects funded through GKE Fund 2016/17

Full Grant Projects

Kye Askins, Geographical and Earth Sciences and Gareth Mulvey, Social and Political Science
Supporting Asylum Seekers: Building capacity for service delivery and policy advocacy (£13,900)
The project examined British Red Cross databases and data collection pulling together evidence as well as identifying gaps in data capture, utilising this evidence to improve support services at the point of delivery as well as drawing out key operational and policy advocacy messages pertinent to local, Scottish and UK contexts. A one-day workshop was held to share evidence (anonymised and sensitive to local issues) with key stakeholders and an internal report produced.

Simon Bradstreet, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
EMPOWER: early signs monitoring to prevent relapse in psychosis and promote wellbeing, engagement and recovery (£3,000)
An event on using digital technology to support the identification of early warning signs of psychosis engaged a wide range of relevant stakeholders. The event enabled identification of community mental health teams with a renewed interest in participating in the EMPOWER study.

Minty Donald, Culture and Creative Arts
Living, working, playing with water: using creative practice to investigate and mitigate perceptions of open water in the urban environment (£3,000)
The project was a partnership with Glasgow City Council Development and Regeneration Services (GCC DRS). It developed from a KE event on performance, heritage and ecology. A series of workshops were held, a report published and a ‘toolkit’ facilitating the integration of sustainable drainage systems in managing water in urban environments.

David Eckersall and Emily O’Reilly, Veterinary Medicine
Measuring acute phase proteins in meat juices to detect septicaemic chicken carcasses post-mortem (£3,000)
Acute phase proteins (APPs) are proteins which increase in concentration in blood in response to diseases caused by infection and inflammation. Our laboratory is a leading centre for research into APP in animals and has identified the best target protein to measure in each species. Funds were used for the purchase of consumable materials, namely antibodies and ELISAs to measure the APPs serum amyloid A (SAA), alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP), ovotransferrin (Ovt) and ceruloplasmin (Cp) in paired meat juice and serum samples.

David Eckersall and Emily O’Reilly, Veterinary Medicine
Cow-side measurement of Haptoglobin: development of a commercial test to effectively target antimicrobial treatment in dairy cows (£6,500)

Heather Ferguson, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Mosquito electrocuting traps as a tool for testing insect control products (£9,500)
Two large-size prototypes of the Mosquito Electrocuting Trap (MET) as well as smaller models for laboratory use were manufactured and sent for collaborative evaluation and testing. Trapping and killing of the most important vector species in India was tested using MET and laboratory experiments were conducted to identify the optimal voltage for killing insects like mosquitoes.

Derek Gilchrist, Institute of Infection, Immunology and Infection
TenoMiR (£14,000)
Funding enabled commercialisation of a therapy (TenoMiR) for the treatment of tendinopathy, a chronic disease of the tendon caused by repetitive stress and overuse affecting 1 in 10 of the population.

Grant Hopcraft, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Identifying GCRF challenges for sustainable agriculture and ecosystem services in Tanzania's livestock sector (£12,100)
An analytical tool-box for estimating livestock abundance and distribution was developed. Additionally, pilot data was collected to estimate the parasite burden emanating from livestock-wildlife interactions. A stakeholder meeting was held to present findings to regional and local government/NGO agencies, establishing new partnerships and determining GCRF fundable projects with local impact and benefit for developing countries.

Fiona Macpherson, Humanities
The Philosophy of virtual and augmented reality (£15,000)
Funding supported the establishment of the company, Soluis, a technology partner for the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE) and others in the University in the field of virtual and augmented reality. A seminar and workshop brought together industry partner developers and University researchers. The project attracted additional funding and prompted the establishment of the Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith Fellowship for Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Paul Manosh, Engineering
Farm Waste utilisation: Robust Thermal Engineering Approach for Generating Energy from Wastes (£27,000)
Funds supported the formation of the Common Interest Group on Farm Waste Utilisation jointly with Interface Food and Drink in Scotland. An event with workshop, Innovation in Gasification and CHP Technology, was held, grant applications were submitted and technical results disseminated.

Lars Muckli, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
7T Scientific Strategy Delivery Workstream Seminar Series (£5,000)
The seminar series hosted a number of international experts at the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), initiating formal engagement activities to engage the wider research and clinical knowledge base and building new collaborations.

Sandosh Padmanabhan, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Validation of a novel technique to simultaneously detect drugs, drug metabolites and endogenous urinary metabolites of patients taking antihypertensive drugs (£15,300)

Paul Prentice, Engineering
Defining the mechanisms of Acoustic Cluster Therapy - DeFACT (£9,340)
A novel dual high-speed microscopic imaging configuration has been developed to observe Acoustic Cluster Therapy (ACT) particles during key stages of activation under focused ultrasound exposure. This incorporated state-of-the-art shadowgraphic imaging at up to 10 million frames per second, a capability currently unique to the University. Novel bubble dynamics were recorded in response to the ‘therapy’ protocol, in particular; specifically the manifestation of surface waves, and subsequent development of involution liquid jets that may play a significant role in the drug delivery process.

Carrie Purcell, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
The Abortion Act at 50: still disputed ground (£1,500)
Funding supported a successful KE event from a broad range of fields, taking research findings to new audiences and prompting ISD Scotland to consider revising the in which they register and report on annual abortion statistics.

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, Engineering
Peptide based hydrogels for cell culture (£2,900)
Funds were used to purchase consumables to manufacture a prototype system and perform and characterise a simple hMSCs culture, as a first step to developing a collaboration with Biogelx Ltd, a local, early-stage company.

Andrew Smith, Social and Political Science
The dynamics and drivers of ethnic inequalities: Learning the lessons for policy (£6,500)
Funding supported two interlinked KE projects to disseminate and publicise the findings of the ESRC’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity programme which is concerned with understanding the multidimensional nature of ethnic inequalities, how such inequalities have unfolded over time, and the changing way in which ethnic identities are understood and reacted to. The first project was a major conference involving major stakeholders. The second was a creative impact project with graphic artist, Paul Gent.

Phil Trinder, Computing Science
Enhancing SD Erlang Impact (£40,000)
The funds were used to develop a REF 2020 impact case study around SD Erlang, an extension of distributed Erlang programming language developed as part of the RELEASE project.

Aleksandra Vuckovic, Biomedical Engineering
Engaging the end user in the development of home based neurorehabilitation system (£25,100)
Dr Vuckovic engaged with a wider UK community in the field of spinal injury research and rehabilitation by presenting home-based pain treatment – Brain Computer Interface (BCI) - in spinal units across the UK in preparation for a larger joint research proposal.


Small Grant Projects

Colleen Batey, Humanities
Finding the Norse on Tiree (£840)
Dr Batey visited Tiree to interpret new findings on the main sea route for the Vikings between Norway/the Northern Isles and the rich trade centre of the Irish Sea. She delivered two evening lectures, spent a day with school classes, visited local sites with residents and undertook a small-scale excavation on the basis of local informant information.

Lisa Boden, Veterinary Medicine
EPIC: Year 2030 - What is the future of animal health surveillance in Scotland (£2,900)
A two-day participatory workshop was held to explore the future of animal health surveillance in Scotland, improving inter-sectoral communication, strengthening existing collaborations and forging new ones.

Callum Brown, Humanities
Religion and Scots Law Project phase 2 (£1,400)
Funding supported a series of workshops with outcomes forming part of Law and History’s Humanism Impact Case Study.

Sara Macdonald, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Community based Participatory Action Learning (PAL) (£2,940)
The award provided training for patients and carers and enabled the formation of a participatory action learning (PAL) group. The project responded to research funders’ recognition of the valuable contribution that patient and public involvement (PPI) can make at all stages of the research process.

Peter Murray, Physics and Astronomy
IGR at RS Summer Exhibition 2017 (£2,000)
A stand at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition showcased Glasgow’s input into gravitational waves research.

Rachel Smith, Critical Studies
Rhythm Matters: Developing tasks for rhythm in EFL (£1,700)
Funding supported a collaborative PhD project with an e-learning company focussing on understanding how rhythm can help learners of English to comprehend fast, casual connected speech.

Saeko Yazaki, Critical Studies
Dismantling the East-West dichotomy (£560)
A very successful public lecture and performance event was held to help broaden public understanding of Japanese tradition and it reception in the West.