Funding Award: KTP with Petrofac

Dr Nastascha Mueller-Hirth (School of Applied Social Science) has been awarded a KTP with Petrofac in Aberdeen. The aim is to form an in-depth qualitative understanding of multinational workforce cultural issues, thereby developing innovative management practice and embed understanding, including training and a toolkit to drive industry leading performance, increasing productivity, reputation, and profitability.

The partnership will identify effective ways to improve communication, training, reporting, risk perception and reward systems. Then, combining the findings of field research we will generate a model and way of working that can utilise an international workforce to work successfully and safely together, with higher productivity, reduced production costs, improved quality and a stronger reputation. The model will be incorporated into a supervisor toolkit and training course.

Natascha is supported by Carolyn McNicholas, Senior Marketing Lecturer in Communication, Marketing and Media and Dr Andrew Davis, Marketing Lecturer.



OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.4 – April 2017)


Welcome to the fourth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The repository currently contains 2,097 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 7,908 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (200 downloads)


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = VISWANATHAN, A. 2005. Using Orthogonal Arrays to Train Artificial Neural Networks. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis. (498 downloads)
  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (158 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning in New Graduate Occupational Therapists: a Phenomenological Study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (76 downloads)

The above data was correct at the time of writing (27.04.2017).

Search and Browse Longitudinal studies

A new search engine has been developed by Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) to enable researchers to explore, search and browse  the rich data collected from eight leading UK longitudinal studies.  This will provide opportunities to learn about structuring longitudinal studies and their potential for new research.

CLOSER Discovery allows users to search by keyword or browse by topic, helping researchers locate the variables that best suit their research interests. A search on CLOSER Discovery will show users:

  • The original question on which the variables are based
  • Where the questions appeared in the survey, including complete routing
  • The source of derived variables
  • An overview of each variable, including valid and invalid cases, maximum, minimum and mean values
  • Similarities and relationships of variables and data across the different studies
  • How to access the data from each study

You can access CLOSER Discovery here and find out more information about the search engine, including an introductory webinar, on the CLOSER website.

Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities – 19 May, Glasgow

UBDC SASNetThe Urban Big Data Centre has announced that they are collaborating with BSI on the next free SASNet event on ‘Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities’.

Future cities face many challenges as urban populations increase. Physical resources – such as energy and water – along with healthcare, traffic, public transport and other logistics need careful management in order to meet the needs of citizens, maintain economic growth and ensure sustainability. The effective use of data and new technology solutions are providing new tools and opportunities that can help overcome these challenges.

Standards support the widespread adoption of common approaches to the implementation of products and services in future cities. A range of standards are required to help the smart city meet its potential and to help address issues at different levels, from the decision-making at the city level to the interoperability of particular devices. This event aims to bring together local authorities, researchers and innovators to identify the challenges facing cities, discuss potential solutions to common problems and look at the role and future of smart city standards.

This free event will take place on 19 May 2017 in the Still Room at the IET Glasgow: Teacher Building – a landmark venue in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The programme details and timings are still to be confirmed – Each session will be approximately 60 minutes in length including a Q&A. There are no specific pre-requisites for attending but the event is likely to be of most interest to standards professionals and urban planners from the academic, consultancy and public sectors. Registration for this free event is available via Eventbrite and is necessary due to limited space and for catering arrangements.