Funding Award : On the Edge – Cultural Leadership and the Place of the Artist

Prof Anne Douglas, Dr Jon Price and Chris Fremantle have been awarded follow on funding from the AHRC to build on and develop their work in cultural leadership and the place of the artist.

This  continues a decade long exploration of artistic and cultural leadership by the On The Edge Research team. Findings from recent research will be presented and their implications debated with an invited group of cultural professionals from across the partnership that includes Creative Scotland, The Clore Leadership Programme (London) and ENCATC (Brussels), a European network on cultural management and policy.  The methodology was piloted at Woodend Barn, Banchory in March. There will be subsequent events in 2016 in Edinburgh, Brussels and London with the full partnership.

The research explores the meaning of leadership to experienced artists, policy makers and producers through a series of in-depth conversations with leading figures in the arts and cultural sectors. To this point these have included Jackie Kay – recently appointed as Scotland’s Makar (Poet Laureate) – as well as Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre, and Sue Hoyle, Chief Executive of the Clore Leadership Programme, among others.

The research seeks to move beyond familiar approaches that view leadership purely as the good governance of organisations through identifiable skills and competencies. The research findings stress the importance of artists/cultural producers seeing their situation as relational and interdependent, artists with policy makers and with the public.  Rosanna Irvine, dancer and choreographer, has been appointed as the project’s artist in residence, tracking each of the four events through a creative response to the discussions.


Professor Anne Douglas (PI

Dr Jonathan Price Senior Research Fellow

Visit the project research pages on the On the Edge website , Artist as Leader


ORCID uptake – Fantastic

orchid logoWe are more than delighted to report that 98% of research students in Faculty of Design and Tech and Faculty of Health and Social Care are signed up!

100% records go to the School of Engineering, Scott Sutherland,  School of Applied Social Science and School of Health Science.

As it becomes clearer that ORCID will be the most likely route for the next REF this will stand us in good stead for the future.

Funding Award : Oral History of Health Psychology

The Royal Society have awarded a grant to Dr Francis Quinn, Lecturer in Psychology at RGU to create an oral history of health psychology in the UK.

The project’s objective is to tell the story of health psychology in the UK, as science and professional practice, from the experiences of those who were there from its start to the present time.  Health psychology is concerned with mental and behavioural factors as they affect health, illness and healthcare, including changing behaviour and coping with illness. It is a relatively new field of psychology which emerged in the 1970s, but there is little research about the history of health psychology in the UK. The project will invite health psychologists and others present in the early days of the discipline to share their memories. The researchers will construct a narrative history from these interviews.

This is the first attempt to create such a history of health psychology in the UK using oral history methods, and the researchers hope its publications will prove useful for current and future health psychologists to understand the past and present of their field.

The project team also includes Dr. Angel Chater (UCL), Professor Val Morrison (Bangor University) and Dr. Tony Cassidy (Ulster University).

HEFCE Blog – Can you prove the impact of your research?

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Elizabeth Garcha from the University of Sheffield writes today on the HEFCE Blog about evidence for impact case studies, addressing key questions such as what to collect and when to collect it, each linked to the question of who owns the benefit or change that is a consequence of the research. Read Elizabeth’s post here.

Jisc launches SHERPA REF – a new service to clarify journal compliance with REF


Following on from our Research Matters blog post of yesterday about eligibility of submission of research oututs for the next REF, Hannah DeGroff, Open Access Support Coordinator at Jisc this morning made live a link to a new service that will help researchers and institutions determine whether or not a specific journal is compliant with HEFCE’s policy. Hannah wrote:

“We’re delighted to announce the availability of SHERPA REF, a ‘beta’ web service – funded and endorsed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – that allows authors and institutions to quickly, accurately and easily check whether a journal in which they wish to publish complies with the open access (OA) policy for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The policy requires journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 are made OA in order to be eligible for submission to the next REF. Universities need to ensure their submissions are eligible and comply with current policy under the four UK higher education funding bodies: HEFCE, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Scottish Funding Council and the Department of employment and learning in Northern Ireland.

By enabling authors to easily check their compliance, SHERPA REF saves time and effort for universities in checking they meet the requirements – estimated to take on average between 30-60 minutes.

For more information on SHERPA REF visit

A full press statement can be found here.”


To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF …


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Given that we are in March, the vernal equinox is past and British Summer Time commences this weekend when the clocks go forward, here’s a timely reminder that to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journals and conference papers accepted after 1 April 2016 must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository as soon as possible after acceptance for publication.

If your paper is being published forward your acceptance email to as soon as you receive it.

See HEFCE Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework for more information.


Ensuring your research makes an impact – 10 tips from Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis, one of the main academic publishing houses with whom several RGU colleagues past and present are working, publish a helpful author services website. Among the advice there is a piece about ensuring your research makes an impact that lists ten tips to maximize the impact of your research.

Taylor & Francis are also working with Kudos, testing the service on 635 of their journal titles. You can also register with Kudos for free with other RGU researchers by following this link.

Funding Award: Investigating Code 52 Special Bail visits for Domestic Abuse Perpetrators

 Scottish Institute of Policing Research have awarded a grant to Prof Lesley Diack and the Domestic Abuse Task Force at Police Scotland, led by DCI Samantha McCluskey, to assess the impact of code 52 special bail visits for domestic abuse perpetrators.

In 2013-2014 special bail was granted to 6005 of those who went to court for domestic abuse offences. It is normal practice that subsequently two police officers conduct three random code 52 visits in four weeks to check that the perpetrators are meeting their bail conditions.

The frequency and the timing of these bail visits have never been researched and there is no robust evidence that indicates the optimum number of visits, whether the type of visit needs to be bespoke or the impact of the visit on recidivism.

This research project will collate and interrogate the data to identify recommendations and ways forward for Police Scotland. This will help create a consistent service for the victims of crime, but also help protect them from any subsequent acts of abuse.

It is anticipated that the analysis will produce a check-list for police use during the bail visits to assess potential recidivism. The research will allow Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Task Force to develop an evidence base to establish an optimum number of code 52 visits. DCI McCluskey has indicated that this could potentially cut costs for Police Scotland, increase efficiency of this vital service and reduce reoffending.

In the longer term the researchers will be able to build on this award to develop a larger research project investigating the impact of bail visits on all sexual crime offenders including rapists and murderers.