Faculty Lecture More than just a building: David Stow’s contribution to Scottish education
Thursday 6 October, 2011
When, in 1830, James Andrew Anderson, nephew of the founder of Anderson’s University donated a guinea to the Glasgow Infant School Society he put his stamp of approval on one of the most significant experiments in Scottish educational history.
David Stow, the originator of the Society and creator of the tuppeny school in the Drygate, was enthusiastic activist. By day a silk merchant, during his spare time he taught amongst the rags and squalor of the east end of Glasgow, honing the teaching skills, philosophy, and attitudes to children which were to make him one of the most influential educators of his generation. With the growing need for trained teachers, two of his weekdays schools, St John’s and St Andrew’s, were selected as ‘model’ schools for the training of teachers. This quickly led to the foundation, in 1837, of the first teacher-training institution in Great Britain based on Stow’s comprehensive but detailed ‘system’. Following the ‘Disruption’ of the Church of Scotland, a second college was established in 1845. By 1922 the two colleges were finally combined on a new site at Jordanhill where the centre-piece, the Stow building, has stood for ninety years in honour of its founder.
This Faculty Lecture will be presented by Dr Glenda White, retired senior HMI and former member of staff of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr White embarked upon a PhD on Stow's work when she retired after many years working in the Education sector in a number of senior advisory roles as well as spending thirteen years lecturer of Education in what was formally known as Jordanhill College and is now part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
This lecture will reflect on Stow’s contribution and legacy to Scottish education, raising the questions of how best he may be remembered - and how best we may take his work forward.
Venue – Court/Senate Room, Collins Building, Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
Tea/Coffee available from 5.30pm
Reception from 7.00pm - 7.30pm
To attend contact email@example.com or Fiona Lynn on 0141 548 2245
Strathclyde Solutions Exchange: an interdisciplinary workshop
12th-16th September 2011
Strathclyde Solutions Exchange is a week-long interdisciplinary workshop. During this week you will work collaboratively with other Strathclyde researchers from a range of disciplines on problems presented by charities and health organisations.The aim is to facilitate new cross-disciplinary collaborations both within the University of Strathclyde as well as between the University of Strathclyde and the voluntary and health sectors. The workshop aims to encourage researchers to look beyond the limits of their own subjects and acquire skills and knowledge outside their own specialism.
The workshop is open and free to all research staff and postgraduates. Please register at
More details about the event can be found at http://personal.strath.ac.uk/steven.webb/SSE2.html
A flyer for the event can be viewed here - Strathclyde Solutions Exchange
SPL Trust Champions in Europe
Exercise & Sport Psychology research at Strathclyde has contributed to a prestigious award for the SPL Trust’s Football Fans in Training Project.
The SPL Trust’s Football Fans in Training project won a European Professional Football League (EPFL) Best Practice Award in the Social Responsibility category.
The winner was announced at the EPFL Gala Ceremony on 7 July and the award was collected by SPL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster.
The EPFL Best Practice awards celebrate and raise awareness of the very best League initiatives in areas such as Social Responsibility, Youth Development and Communications.
Football Fans in Training is a partnership between the SPL Trust, Football Pools, and the Scottish Government to run twelve week sessions at SPL clubs aimed at improving physical activity, diet and promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst participants.
The programme was developed and is being evaluated with academics from the Universities of Glasgow, Dundee and Strathclyde and the Medical Research Council. Nanette Mutrie, Professor of Exercise & Sport Psychology at Strathclyde is one of the researchers contributing to the programme.
The sessions are run by club coaches and are aimed at men aged between 35 and 65 who meet any of the following criteria – BMI 28+, belly 100cm + or trouser waist size of 38 inches +. Over the two courses run so far, 412 men have lost 2366kg or 2.3 tonnes and 2361 cm off waistlines.
SPL Trust General Manager, Billy Singh, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious European Award. This is great recognition for all the participants and community coaches at the SPL clubs. Their dedication and hard work has been a great source of inspiration to others and I would encourage men to sign up for next season.”
Recruitment is under way for year two of Football Fans in Training. To find out more or to sign up call 0800 389 2129, text FFIT 88802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Act fast as you only have till August 2011 to book your place on this award winning programme!
Innovation Workshop, Glasgow, 16 September 2011
As part of our research programme on regional innovation, the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) at the University of Strathclyde is organising a joint workshop together with the UK Innovation Research Centre, based at Cambridge University and Imperial College London, on the theme ‘Innovation policy challenges in Europe’, to be held on Friday 16th September at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow.
The workshop will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from across the UK and other parts of Europe, and provide a forum for discussing new research findings and to exchange experience on best practice in innovation policy. A copy of the programme can be viewed here.
There is no fee for attending the workshop but places are limited, so please register by completing the linked form.
Making Sense of Youth Justice Cultures:a comparative study of Italy and Wales
Tuesday 14th June 2011 12.30 – 2.15pm
How can radically different approaches to criminal and youth justice be explained? Italy and (England and) Wales seem to be radically different in their approach to youth offending. Early and progressive social intervention became the dominant premise of policy and practice in England and Wales particularly after the introduction of the ‘new’ youth justice in 2000. Yet in Italy the vast majority of young offenders are dealt with without conviction and the system is geared to avoiding intervention and custody rates are much lower.
Introduction to Oral History Seminar
The next Introduction to Oral History seminar run by the Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) will take place on Tuesday 7 June 2011.
These 'day schools' seek to introduce oral history theory, methodology, technology and ethics/legal considerations to anyone looking to utilise oral history interviewing and/or analysis. We at the SOHC (based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow) strive to promote 'best practice' in the use and conduct of oral histories and to teach and advise on the practicalities of conducting oral histories. These training seminars are suitable for anyone thinking about using oral history interviewing in their current or future research and projects (for example, dissertations and theses, community and local history projects, and museums and archives) although they will appeal to anyone interested in the use and presentation of oral history in general. We have extensive experience in providing training to HE audiences (staff and students), those from museums, libraries and archives, local authority, community and heritage organizations (including HLF projects).
Please note that places are limited and available on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend, please complete a registration form and return by Friday 27 May 2011
You can find more information on the Scottish Oral History Centre, including a provisional programme for the training seminar, on our website http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/research/history/sohc/
Send your completed registration forms to Claire McConnell, Research and Knowledge Exchange Team, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Livingstone Tower,26 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XH or email@example.com
Psychology Teaching Fellow wins prestigious teaching award
At the teaching excellence awards (TEA) ceremony last night Dr Lizann Bonnar, Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, was shortlisted for all five teaching awards and was awarded the passion for the subject award. In addition Dr Stephen Butler, Psychology, was shortlisted for the best overall teacher award.
Teacher Education and Teachers’ Work Conference
Teaching Scotland's Future: A collaborative response to the Donaldson Review from the educational research community
A conference organised by the joint Teacher Education and Teachers’ Work Research Group of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and sponsored by the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde
Thursday 9 June 2011,
McCance Lecture Theatre,
McCance Building (Level 3),
16 Richmond Street,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Everyone with an interest in the future of teacher education is very welcome to attend this conference, including colleagues in the universities, in schools, in local authorities and other relevant organisations. The event is free of charge – a full programme and registration form can be found below.
Professor of Psychology Kevin Durkin conferred the award of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences
The Academy of Social Sciences has recently conferred the award of Academician on Professor Kevin Durkin, Professor of Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences and Health. You can view a full list of all the New Academians below.
Academy of Social Sciences New Academicians
Platforms and Principles: the Right Connections for Journalism
The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences of the University of Strathclyde requests the pleasure of your company at the inaugural lecture to be delivered by
Mr Blair Jenkins, OBE
Visiting Professor in Journalism
University of Strathclyde
Wednesday 25 May at 6.00pm
McCance Lecture Theatre 1, Level 3, McCance Building
Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
Tea/Coffee available from 5.30pm
Reception 7.00pm – 7.30pm
RSVP by Wednesday 18th May
0141 548 2245
A Decade of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism since 9/11
Taking stock and new directions in research and policy
8-11 September 2011
University of Strathclyde and Glasgow City Chambers
This conference will seek to assess the widespread impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism since 2001 from a distinctly 'critical' perspective. More specifically, the conference will foreground inter-disciplinarity and seek to review what we have learnt in a period of unprecedented interest in the study of terrorism and counter terrorism.
Key note speakers include Joseba Zulaika (University of Nevada in Reno), Michael Stohl (University of California Santa Barbara), Michael Scheuer (ex-CIA), Richard Jackson (Aberystwyth) Caron Gentry (St Andrews) and Dr. Bob Lambert (Exeter, ex-Special Branch)
Conference convenor, Professor David Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference administrator, Jan Bissett email@example.com
For further details see links below
Mary Kilborn Lecture 2011
Dialogue as the silver thread of therapy
John McLeod, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee - Thursday 19th May 2011
The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde will once again host the annual Mary Kilborn Lecture, in which a leading figure from the person-centred world presents their work. We are delighted to announce that this year’s presenter will be John McLeod, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee.
Counselling Unit 20th Anniversary Conference
Person-Centred and Experiential Therapy in the 21st Century - Friday 20th May 2011
This one day conference will be a unique and challenging celebration of 20 years of the Counselling Unit and the influence impact of its work on students, clients and society nationally and internationally. The conference will address present and future challenges in the field of Psychotherapy in ways that will invigorate and inform participants. The keynote address by Professor Dave Mearns will lead on to a series of ‘trigger’ presentations by leading writers and researchers, bringing a diverse range of theory and perspective in the field aimed at stimulating discussion and debate. Afternoon workshops will offer opportunities to engage and network on more specific topics which interest participants.
Strathclyde Law Professor delivers prestigious lecture
Access to legal aid at a time of fiscal austerity is vital to a functioning democracy, a leading Law professor from Strathclyde will say in a key lecture this week.
Professor Alan Paterson OBE, Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies in Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, is giving the Hamlyn Lecture at the University on Tuesday 1 March, on the future for legal aid, especially in civil cases.
He will argue that Scotland has safeguarded legal aid much more effectively than England and Wales and that there is room to retain most of the recent gains in this field, despite impending public expenditure cuts. Based on developments south of the border, where he believes a stand-off between the profession and the Treasury is in prospect, Professor Paterson will argue that only by bringing all the key stakeholders together can Scotland achieve a settlement rooted in the needs of the public, rather than, as in England, one designed largely with a view to withstanding potential human rights challenges. Full Story - Strathclyde Law Professor delivers prestigious lecture
Strathclyde's Centre for the Study of Working Class Lives Launch.
Rediscovering the Working Class: New Investigations for the 21st Century. Fri 11 March, Court Senate, Collins Building. Advance registration is essential. Visit http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/conferences/ for registration forms and for more information.
1 March: Hamlyn Lecture given by Strathclyde Professor
Strathclyde Law School’s senior Professor has been invited to give the most prestigious series of legal lectures in the UK. ‘Are Law and Justice too important to be left to lawyers and judges? This is the provocative theme of the 62nd Hamlyn Lectures to be delivered by Professor Alan Paterson OBE, Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, in Strathclyde University Law School. Professor Paterson is only the second Scottish based academic (Professor Sir T.B. Smith was the first) to deliver these prestigious lectures, which were established in 1948 by Emma Hamlyn who had a far-sighted belief in public legal education. Over the years the lectures have been delivered by leading judges and academics from around the common law world, with Lord Bingham delivering the 2009 series. Full Story - Hamlyn Lecture given by Strathclyde Professor
Languages and Literatures Research Seminar Series Spring 2011
Wednesdays 4pm-5pm, Livingstone Tower 2.09 (5.09 on 16 March)
2 February: Alessandro Valenzisi and Alexander Hutchison
"In Forma di Parole: Working to Bring Things Together in Translation." Conversation and poetry reading.
9 February: Rossella Merlino, University of Strathclyde
"'La punciuta': Religious Rituals and Symbols in the Initiation Ceremony of the Sicilian Mafia"
16 February: Michael Rodgers, University of Strathclyde
"The Will to (Disem)Power: Nabokov and His Readers"
2 March: Dr Ceri Morgan, Keele University
“The Montreal novel in the 1960s”
9 March: Dr Katie Overy, University of Edinburgh
"Music, Language and the Brain"
16 March: Dr Geraldine Lawless, University of Strathclyde
"Fictions of the Future in Nineteenth-Century Spain" (Room 5.09)
23 March: Professor Chris Perriam, University of Manchester
"Spanish Micro-Cultural Studies: Fleeting Moments and Cultural Structures"
All welcome. Refreshments provided. For further information contact
German Ambassador delivers Inaugural Annual Lecture of the School of Government & Public Policy
The challenges facing sustainable economic growth in Europe were the subject a speech by the German Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Georg Boomgaarden, who gave the Inaugural Annual Lecture of the School of Government & Public Policy on 26th November. In his lecture entitled ‘Europe's future after the crisis- political and economic perspectives’. Mr Boomgaarden spoke about several international challenges, including: building efficient institutions for EU-wide financial regulation; establishing a permanent mechanism for crisis resolution - with investors sharing the cost of support measures; and agreeing on treaty amendments to strengthen the stability and growth pact. Full Story - German Ambassador delivers Inaugural Annual Lecture of the School of Government & Public Policy
New Faculty opens for business
The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences formally came into effect on 1 August 2010, following the merger of two former faculties of Education and Law, Arts & Social Sciences. The new Faculty is led by Professor Tony McGrew and the Faculty Management Team, and our activities are based on a distinctive strength and range of disciplines, the development of professional practice, and societal impact.
The University's decision to create a new, unified faculty was driven by the desire to maximise the potential for research collaboration and staff and student interaction across the humanities and social sciences fields, and we function somewhat differently from a traditional university faculty; there are no departments, instead activities are managed strategically and integrated across the entire Faculty, allowing us to be more responsive to student needs and market opportunities. We try to choose the best of what we do, and turn it into common practice across the Faculty.
SIRCC National Conference (Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care)
Changing Cultures: embracing and influencing change to enhance the residential child care experience
Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th June 2011, Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
A conference to encourage and promote cultural change as a means of transforming the residential child care experience. This is an opportunity to share good practice, to reflect on the joys and challenges that face the sector and hear the views of young people. This conference will challenge practice, motivate staff, help to break down barriers and encourage a culture based on fresh and innovative ideas.
View a Flier (with details of the speakers)
This conference is for everyone involved in residential child care, at any level, and those whose work impacts on the sector through associated professional interests. International interest is welcome. This conference meets the post-registration training and learning requirements set out by the SSSC.
Booking form early bird rates apply to the end of March, Staff very welcome
To discuss further contact: Wendy Cox (77) 3572 or Michelle Lamont (77) 3583 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish pupils set for China visit
Once in a lifetime chance to learn Mandarin in Chinese summer camp organised by the University of Strathclyde-based Confucius Institute
More than 50 young people from Scottish schools are visiting China to improve their language skills and experience the rich culture of China.
Each pupil will take an intensive Mandarin language tuition course, experience a range of cultural activities and travel within China before receiving an SQA accredited qualification once they complete the course.
The trip is being organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools, based in SCILT- Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, in the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. The institute is funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Hanban, the Chinese government department for Confucius Institutes worldwide.
Sarah Breslin, Director of SCILT- Scotland's National Centre for Languages, said: "As the lead body for promoting Chinese language and culture in our schools, we are delighted to facilitate this pupil visit to China.
“I am sure the pupils travelling will not only have an unforgettable experience but will also gain valuable insights for the future."
Minister for Learning, Languages and Science Dr Alasdair Allan said: "This is a fantastic opportunity that I am delighted to support. The Scottish Government is continuing to advance our relationship with China and it is important that we help young Scots to understand more about China, its language, history and culture.
"We are committed to preparing our young people to flourish in the modern globalised and multi-lingual world. Our work with the Confucius Institute for schools is helping to make Chinese part of the suite of languages on offer at school, aligning well with our plans to help all pupils learn two other languages in addition to their mother tongue."
Katy Paterson from Perth High School, who is taking part in the trip, said: "I'm really looking forward to making new friends and experiencing the Chinese culture to see how it differs from our own. I'm also looking forward to the challenge of the language and developing my skills."
Callum Hodgkinson from Perth Academy said: "I'm hoping to gain better knowledge about Chinese culture, food and day to day life. I would also like to be able to speak Mandarin as it is very interesting, is useful to know and be able to speak."
The Confucius Institute will offer support to schools around Scotland in their teaching of Chinese language and culture. It will initially work with 12 Confucius classroom hubs, with the intention of expanding the network in primary and secondary schools across the country.
The Power of Apology: Mercy, Forgiveness and Restoration.
Lecture Video Available
What is the Future of Apology in the Justice System?
In a fascinating public lecture at Strathclyde Law School, the future of apology in both civil and criminal justice was scrutinized. The lecture, which can now be viewed on video, included both negligence issues and Restorative Justice.
Professor Prue Vines (University of New South Wales, Australia) argued for new ways the role of apology both in private law and in criminal justice.
Niall Kearney (Chair of the European Forum for Restorative Justice) responded to Prof Vines’ (especially restorative justice aspects) lecture before opening up to the audience for discussion. Niall Kearney is also a Tutor on the Restorative Justice module of Strathclyde Law School’s new LLM/MSc in Criminal Justice & penal Change.
Dr Cyrus Tata, Strathclyde Centre for Law, Crime & Justice, explained the initiative for the public event: “The role of apology is attracting the increasing interest of policy makers in both civil and criminal justice spheres which is only likely to grow. This raises a number of pressing questions. Can apology work in the law or are they uneasy bedfellows? Should the law require it as a way of settling criminal and civil matters? Or is apology really be used as a cynical cost-cutting device? What is and should be the role of apology in the justice system? These and other questions were addressed by Prof Vines’ public lecture and ensuing discussion.”
The lecture also highlights two Strathclyde Master’s programmes which spotlight the increasing prominence of apology in the legal system:
A Celebration of Jordanhill
Friday 15 June, 2pm-5pm
What does Jordanhill mean to you? Whether you are an alumnus, colleague from a partnering institution, student or member of staff who has strong ties with Jordanhill, the University of Strathclyde invites you to celebrate the legacy of Jordanhill by returning to the David Stow Building.
From July 2012, staff and students currently based at Jordanhill will join the rest of the University in the heart of the city on the John Anderson campus. The event will formally mark the closure of the Jordanhill campus and offer guests a social opportunity to share their experiences while enjoying wine and strawberry tarts.
The programme also includes formal presentations in the Francis Tombs Hall, a display of archive images of Jordanhill over the years along with afternoon Jazz and a finger buffet. Guest will also have the opportunity to record their best memories in the celebrating Jordanhill guest books.
Wine & Strawberry Tarts from 2.00pm
Formal Presentations at 3.00pm
Finger Buffet and Afternoon Jazz at 4.00pm
If you would like to join us at this event, please RSVP by Wednesday 6th June to email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)141 548 2245.
Please note that there will be a photographer at this event.
The Future of Criminal Justice & Sentencing: Is there Hope? Public Event
Centre for Law, Crime & Justice, Strathclyde University, Glasgow city centre. www.strath.ac.uk/clcj
Monday 21st May 5.30 for 6-7.30pm
The Honourable Judge Professor Nancy Gertner (Harvard University USA) and Professor Arie Freiberg (Monash University, Australia
Chair: Sheriff Tom Welsh QC
Can the criminal justice system command a higher level of public trust? Around the world, levels of public confidence in the criminal justice system appear to be worryingly low and in decline. In an effort to pose as ‘tough on crime’, many countries have responded ever-more punitively, imposing mandatory minimum sentences, and squeezing professional discretion. The result is: spiralling prison populations, inequalities, and a drift to more public money being spent on incarceration than on education. And all of this has been done in the name of the public and yet has failed to improve ublic confidence – often the reverse.
Is there be better way, or, should Scotland accept that trust in the justice system is in inevitable decline? Can we find a way to pursue a rational approach to crime and punishment which attracts public confidence, or, at the very least, is not held to ransom by penal populism?
The Hon Judge Professor Gertner and Professor Freiberg will explore these issues followed by Q&A chaired by Sheriff Tom Welsh QC, Director of Judicial Studies.
All welcome but booking is essential.
The event also launches the new Strathclyde Master's programme in Criminal Justice & Penal Change. Learn More: www.strath.ac.uk/ls-cjpc-e
Prisons & Imprisonment: Restriction of Liberty, Rights, Responsibility and Rehabiliation.
SASO Conference. Monday 14th May. Strathclyde University 09.30-16.30
You are invited to take part in a major conference on prisons and imprisonment held at Strathclyde University. The future of imprisonment is once again under the spotlight following the launch of the official Commission on Women's Offending which calls for radical reform in the ways in which both male and female offending is addressed.
There will be an opportunity for you to put your questions to the renowned speakers. The conference will be attended by leading Scottish criminal law and justice practitioners and policy officials. Interested students are strongly encouraged to take part in this unqiue event being held at Strathclyde.
For more information go to www.strath.ac.uk/clcj and click on ‘events’ or www.sastudyoffending.org.uk/GlasgowconfPrisonsetc2012.pdf
Closely Related: Strathclyde Law School is running the UK's first LLM / MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change. To Learn more Click Here
CPD for Solicitors, Advocates and Panel Members. Reduced rates for students/unwaged.
No 2 in the UK and No1 in Scotland
Social Work at The University of Strathclyde was placed top in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the Complete University Guide
June and September Open Days for Undergraduate Students.
Wednesday 13 June from 1– 4pm
Monday 3 September from 6-8pm
Tuesday 4 September from 9.30am-2.30pm
These events are an opportunity to find out more about the courses that you are interested in, speak to current students and staff and sample what the campus has to offer.
Visit the Open Days webpage for more information and to register. We look forward to welcoming you to Strathclyde!
Gold STAR for School of Education
Students of the School of Education have been commended for their valuable work at a University-wide event that celebrates volunteering in clubs and societies. The CPD in Education Society scooped the STAR Award and trophy for ‘Best New Club’ and dedicated student Katy Gourlay was shortlisted ‘Best New Comer’ for her charity work in Malawi.
Last semester the CPD in Education Society organised what is thought to be one of the UK's largest student Teach Meets, bringing together over 200 delegates including student teachers and leading professionals from education authorities. Katy’s extensive charity work has involved fundraising activities and visits to Malawi to promote a better quality of life for children and young people.
Commenting on the success of the students, Professor Donald Christie, Head of School of Education said:
"I am extremely proud of our innovative and socially conscious student community. The work that they do has a valuable impact in communitues and enhances the student experience for their peers".
The STAR Awards are organised by the University of Strathclyde Student Union (USSA) and attracted an audience of students and staff across the University.
A Criminal Justice Revolution? Tough Love and Problem-Solving Justice
How should the criminal justice system tackle crime? As research repeatedly shows and practitioners know all too well, problems, such as alcohol and drug addiction, play a major role in chronic levels of reoffending. In view of the ‘revolving doors’ of the courts and prisons, this public lecture asks whether it is time for a radically different approach?
Award of RSE Fellowship to John Bachtler
Professor John Bachtler has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in recognition of his work on regional studies in Europe. The RSE currently has more than 1,500 fellows and makes fellowship awards which reflect its mission to “advance learning and useful knowledge.” Welcoming the new Fellows elected in 2012, Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the RSE, said: “In my first year as President, I am pleased to welcome such a talented group of people to the RSE. Each new Fellow has achieved excellence in her or his field of work, whether in academia, public service or business".
John is Director of the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC). He said: “I am honoured and very pleased to become a Fellow of the RSE. The Society plays a major role in encouraging public discussion and learning on international matters, and I look forward to contributing to the work of the RSE on European policy issues”
A Criminal Justice Revolution?
‘Tough Love,’ Problem-Solving Courts and Community Justice
Prof Eric J Miller (St Louis University USA)
Chaired by the Rt Hon Professor Dame Elish Angiolini
Wednesday 14 March 2012, 5.45pm for 6.15pm, Collins Suite
How should the criminal justice system tackle crime? As research repeatedly shows and practitioners know all too well, problems, such as alcohol and drug addiction, play a major role in chronic levels of reoffending. In view of the ‘revolving doors’ of the courts and prisons, is it time for a radically different approach?
Tea will be served from 5.45pm with the lecture starting at 6.15pm prompt. Due to demand, booking is essential. To reserve a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details regarding the public lecture are available here.
Second Annual Lecture of the School of Government and Public Policy
‘How to Win EU Friends and Influence Policy’
Thursday 1 March 2012, 5.00pm, Collins Suite
Distinguished Public Servant The (Rt. Hon The) Lord Kerr of Kinlochard will present the Second Annual Lecture of the School of Government and Public Policy.
The School of Government and Public Policy combines the policy relevant research of the prestigious European Policies Research Centre with internationally acclaimed research in political science and public policy and excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate politics teaching.
Lord Kerr’s presentation ‘How to Win EU Friend’s and Influence Policy’ will draw on his international experiences in the British Diplomatic Service combined with his business career in fulfilling a number of Chair positions in the Oil and Gas sectors.
Following postings in Moscow and in Pakistan, Lord Kerr served as ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the European Communities (1990-95) and as UK Ambassador to Washington (1995-1997). From 1997-2002, Lord Kerr was Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO and Head of the Diplomatic Service. After leaving UK Government service, he was Secretary General of the European Convention in 2002/3. Lord Kerr has been Chairman of Imperial College London (2005-11) and is currently Chairman, Centre for European Reform (London); Vice President, European Policy Centre (Brussels); President, UK/Korea "Forum for the Future" (London/Seoul); and Trustee, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (Dunfermline).
In his business career, Lord Kerr became a Director of Shell Transport and Trading in 2002, and chaired the group of Directors who brought about the creation in 2005 of Royal Dutch Shell plc, of which he became, and remains, Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director. He has been a Director of the Scottish American Investment Trust since 2002, of Rio Tinto plc since 2003, and of Scottish Power Ltd since 2009.
The event offers members of the public, students, colleagues within the University and from partnering institutions the opportunity to come together and learn more about the current work of the School of Government and Public Policy in shaping international policies.
Coffee will be served from 4.15pm with a post lecture reception from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Please RSVP to Alyson.email@example.com as places are limited.
Carnegie Trust Report: Better Journalism in the Digital Age
Blair Jenkins OBE, HaSS Visiting Professor in Journalism, will be speaking at Strathclyde on Tuesday February 7, on his new report on the future of journalism.
The report, Better Journalism in the Digital Age, calls for higher ethical and editorial standards in the profession and makes recommendations on practical steps to strengthen the supply of high-quality news and information.
Mr Jenkins will meet Postgraduate Journalism students to speak about the purpose and the findings of his report and will take questions about his detailed recommendations. The report makes recommendations on press regulation, industry codes of conduct, public service broadcasting, new funding models for journalism, professional training and education and the impact of new technology.
The talk, which is open to staff and students, will be held in the Newsroom, 7th floor, Livingstone Tower on Tuesday at 3pm. The report will be published on Monday, 6 February by the Carnegie UK Trust, of which Mr Jenkins is a fellow.
Blair Jenkins OBE has been Director of Broadcasting at Scottish Television (STV), and Head of News and Current Affairs at both STV and BBC Scotland. He chaired the Scottish Broadcasting Commission in 2007-8 and more recently the Scottish Digital Network Panel. In 2010 he was made an OBE for services to broadcasting.
Join Us: Postgraduate Studentship Opportunities for 2012
The Graduate School in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the leading centres of postgraduate research in the UK. It has a thriving postgraduate community and can provide research supervision across the range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.
We are looking for energetic and ambitious applicants who wish to become part of an innovative research community at one of the world’s leading international technological universities.
The Graduate School are now offering the following PhD studentships for 2012
Closing dates for applications: Friday 30 March 2012
Tenable in the following disciplines:
|■ Education||■ English Studies|
|■ Government and Public Policy||■ History|
|■ Health and Behaviour Change||■ Law|
|■ Social Policy / Social Work||■ Psychology|
ESRC Studentships in the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre
Closing date for applications: Friday 16th March 2012
Strathclyde is eligible for studentships in the following areas:
|■ Economic and Social History||■ Education|
|■ History of Health and Health Care||■ Social Care|
|■ Socio-legal Studies and Criminology||■ Social Work|
|■ Families Relationships and Demographic Change|
AHRC Studentships (Stirling – Strathclyde Arts and Humanities Consortium)
Closing date for applications: Friday 16 March 2012
|■ English Language and Literature|
|■ Librarianship, Archives, Record Management and Information Science (School of Computing and Information Science)|
Information about the Stirling – Strathclyde Arts and Humanities Consortium can be found at http://www.artsandhumanitiesconsortium.org.uk/Home.aspx
All studentships include and an annual maintenance grant of £13590, and are tenable for three years (subject to satisfactory progress) from 1 October 2012.
For an application form and more information on how we will support you with world leading training visit the Graduate School website.
Nostalgia Research Event for Festival of Social Sciences
Researchers in Humanities and Marketing at Strathclyde are inviting the people of Glasgow to share their school-day memories as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 2011.
The 'Glasgow Schooldays remembered' workshop is one of a number of public engagement activities resulting from Strathclyde’s ‘Nostalgia in the 21st Century Project’ which brings together researches in humanities and marketing to discover the impact of nostalgia in contemporary culture.
"Nostalgia is everywhere," Dr Sarah Edwards, Lecturer in English Studies, says. "We all have some kind of attachment to the magic of the past - with the internet it is much easier to 'access' the recent past, surprisingly we are finding people are already feeling nostalgic about the 80s and 90s. We also find that different ages and social groups use nostalgia in different ways. Young people tend to be nostalgic about past styles and fashions whereas older people remember more about the sense of community."
Strathclyde academic wins EU-wide competition
An academic at the University of Strathclyde has won first prize in a European Union-wide competition, after her entry was judged the best from a field of 170.
Dr Laura Polverari, a Senior Research Fellow in the University’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, was the winner in the EU Committee of the Regions Doctoral Thesis Competition for 2011. Her thesis was chosen from a final shortlist of 20 and earned her a prize of €6,000.
Dr Polverari, whose research interests include devolution, regional policy and European Structural Funds, submitted a thesis examining accountability in devolved regional policy. It made a comparative analysis of the way policies delivering cohesion across Europe have been implemented in Tuscany and Scotland following devolution.
The selection board was chaired by Marek Woźniak, President of the Polish Delegation to the Committee of the Regions. Dr Polverari received her award at a ceremony in Brussels from Committee of the Regions President Mercedes Bresso.
Dr Polverari is based in Strathclyde’s European Policies Research Centre, which conducts extensive research into economic development policies and practice in Europe - allied to expertise in a range of European languages. The Centre, within the University’s School of Government & Public Policy, attracts funding for its policy research from government authorities in more than 20 European countries, as well as international bodies such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
What do animals mean to you?
Animals are present in many and varied areas of human lives: as workers, objects for scientific inquiry, characters in stories, images, companions, and as a source of food.
The British Animal Studies Network (BASN) encourages inter- and multi-disciplinary conversation and debate about the role of animals in culture and society.
Following the network's success in London, a Glasgow network has been launched to provide a Scottish meeting point for these discussions to take place and to encourage wider participation from the Scottish research community as well as from the rest of the UK and internationally.
A topical issue in many areas of society and culture, the distinctions made between animals and humans have caused us to question their roles and our rights over them in relation to, for example, the discovery of new medicines, the creation of domestic products, the development of urban areas and architectural structures, and the impact of animals in lifestyle and nutrition.
Today, observing and analysing the ways in which humans interact with animals can lead to a deeper understanding of human culture and BASN seeks to enhance that understanding by building the community of people participating in the conversation.
The network’s leader, Professor Erica Fudge, of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said:
“The British Animal Studies Network will be a meeting point for researchers at all levels, and from a wide range of subjects in humanities, social sciences and beyond. I hope that the meetings in Glasgow will continue to develop this important and innovative new area of scholarship, and to strengthen links between academic inquiry and public debate”.
By combining historical perspectives with the analysis of modern day interactions, the network aims to help to build a fuller understanding of the role of animals in society. It welcomes members from any discipline to engage in the debate.
To register on the Network's mailing list please go to www.britishanimalstudiesnetwork.org.uk
Faculty Strategic Appointments in Education, Law and Government & Public Policy
The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is set to benefit from a major investment programme to attract outstanding research leaders through a number of strategic appointments in the Schools of Education, Law and Government & Public Policy.
As a leading player in the UK higher education sector these appointments will enhance an established international reputation for leading research, teaching and knowledge exchange across the social sciences and humanities.
Professor Tony McGrew, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, noted: “I am delighted and excited by this new phase in the Faculty’s development. This investment will enhance our academic and professional educational portfolio whilst contributing significantly to our research ambitions.”
Humanities and Social Sciences make up the largest Faculty in the University. The Faculty is amongst the largest providers of professional education and is recognised internationally for its research across a spectrum of disciplines including Education, Law, Government & Public Policy, English, History, Languages, Social Work, Continuing Education and Psychological Sciences and Health. In 2012 the Faculty will enjoy the benefits of the University’s single campus project in the form of a £25 million capital investment to create a new hub for the Faculty bringing its students and staff from the Jordanhill campus into the heart of the city.
The strategic appointments follow the recent success in appointing former Chief Economic Advisor, Dr Andrew Goudie and former Lord Advocate, Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC as Visiting Professors to the Faculty.
Up to 10 strategic posts including Professors, Senior Lecturers and Lectures are available and further details can be found in the opportunities section.
Disability and industrial society project results in £1 million award
The history of disability and industrialisation will be explored in a research project, bringing together acadedmics from Strathclyde, the Universities of Swansea, Aberystwyth and Northumbria, which has received a grant worth nearly £1 million from the Wellcome Trust.
The study, entitled Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, will focus on how industrialisation shaped perceptions and experiences of disability between 1780 and 1948 and will create a research programme of international significance.
Professor Arthur McIvor of, Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, will be part of the research team led by Professor Anne Borsay and supported by Dr David Turner, both of Swansea. The £972,501 project will run from October 2011 to September 2016.
Faculty academics chosen for new Young Academy
A Professor of English and Senior Lecturer in Psychology are among the first members of a new venture for stimulating creative ideas and collaborative working to meet global challenges.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has chosen 68 inaugural members across a broad range of academic, industrial and social disciplines for the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, the first organisation of its kind in the UK.
Professor Faye Hammill, professor of English in the School of Humanities and Dr Sinead Rhodes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health will join other Strathclyders as part of Scotland-wide group.
Double success for Strathclyde research
University secures two grants in the latest round of Arts & Humanities Research Council awards
The University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences has secured two grants from one of the UK’s main research funding councils- making the university the only institution to win more than one award in the latest round of funding.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded 18 grants worth more than £5.6 million in total to researchers at 17 institutions across the UK. Law Professor Barry Rodger has won a grant for his project on competition litigation across the European Union, while Faye Hammill, Professor of English, has gained funding to examine travel and magazines in Canada.
Professor Tony McGrew, Dean of the Faculty, said: “This announcement is a great achievement for our researchers and the fact that Strathclyde alone has gained more than one award reflects the high standard and value of the work we produce. We congratulate them on securing the funding.
“Our research makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the world at large, in social, political, legal, educational and historical contexts. It offers insights into how society has been, and continues to be, shaped and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects.”
Announcing the overall funding round, UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: “The arts and humanities make a valuable contribution to the social fabric of the UK, providing greater meaning and shape to our lives. I’m delighted to see such a fascinating range of projects about to get underway – they are testament to the breadth and quality of research taking place in British institutions.”
Professor Rodger will be investigating competition law cases which came before EU member states in the decade from 1999 to 2009. He will particularly examine consumer redress, the levels of consumer-led litigation and their success rates across the different legal systems in the EU.
The project’s aims include: identifying trends in the frequency of competition law cases in member states; providing comparative analysis of differences in litigation behaviour in states, and contributing to debate on the future role of private enforcement of competition law.
Professor Hammill, with postdoctoral researcher Dr Michelle Smith, will be assessing travel themes in English and French-Canadian magazines between 1925 and 1960. She aims to examine the focus of much of this material on cities such as New York, Paris and London as centres of culture and taste, as well as Canadians choosing more often to tour their own country during the Second World War.
The research will explore the development of transatlantic tourism and the social significance of promoting a distinctive French-speaking Canada. Professor Hammill and Dr Smith will investigate these in the context of a ‘middlebrow’ culture which draws on high and popular culture alike.
Strathclyde’s Humanities and Social Sciences make up the largest Faculty in the University. The Faculty is delivering high quality education and internationally recognised research across a spectrum of disciplines including Law, Government and Public Policy, English, History, Languages, Social Work, Teacher Education and Psychological Sciences & Health. It is set to benefit from eight new posts in the coming months through a major new investment in areas of strength, in addition to a £25 million package to create a new hub for the Faculty on the University’s city-centre campus. More at: www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/