2017 – Showcase

for one. John Hails

for one is a work lasting 19 minutes for solo sustaining melody instrument with the ability to vary pitch up to a quarter tone. The pitch material for the work is taken entirely from a twelve note chromatic scale in just temperament. The individual intervals are employed in an expanding wedge. The alternation of the same intervals in a variety of tunings and on either side of a central drone pitch confuses the ear of the listener as the brain attempts to recognise and resolve the various frequency ratios and patterns.The same source materials are used in a family of works which also employ the same durational proportions. The figure of Petrus Abaelardus and his Theologia Summi Boni provide much of the conceptual framework and durational proportions for this family.

Explorathon – Sarah Anderson

Come along and hear about Scotland’s Explorathon – your way to get involved with European Researchers’ Night on Friday 29th September. Over the course of one night – discovery, debate and entertainment takes place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews:

The relationship between women and midwives during childbirth – Jenny Patterson

Childbirth is an event that women and their partners experience only a very few times in life. It is a journey fraught with hopes, dreams, fears and expectations. They travel this journey in the company of midwives, and along the way a unique and particular relationship unfolds. How this relationship is experienced can be life-changing. This audio-visual presentation will enable you to witness this journey and the special nature of the relationship between women and midwives. It will enable an understanding of this relationship from the perspective of the women and the midwives who accompany them.

Academic engagement in the Scottish Parliament – Angus Evans, SPICe

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) is the internal parliamentary research service for Members of the Scottish Parliament. SPICe relies on access to expert information and is building on existing engagement practices to allow Parliament to better understand what is happening in academia (and vice versa). Speak with Angus to learn how your research might inform and influence government policy.

Information literacy for democratic engagementBruce Ryan

We are researching the use of models of information literacy (IL) to explain how hyperlocal representatives use the internet to engage with citizens. Our focus has been on Scotland’s community councils, elected bodies composed of part-time, unpaid volunteers. These bodies are tasked with ‘ascertaining, co-ordinating and expressing to local authorities …, the views of the community which they represent’. In our experience, community councils also often have to transmit information from higher authorities to citizens. Our results show that IL provides a useful analysis which can support policy recommendations, but there are weaknesses  in IL models in the area of information sharing which could be explored further. So our recent research has focussed on whether IL and information skills underpin community councillors’ work, and how theory around lifelong learning can help model development of information literacy in a quasi-workplace role.

Previously…Scotland’s History Festival – Susan Morrison

Edinburgh – the festival city – now hosts an annual Scottish History Festival and Susan Morrison is here to tell you all about it. Drop by and have a chat with Susan about how you can get involved.

Mapping the UK Information Workforce – Hazel Hall

A workforce mapping project was carried out in the UK between August 2014 and October 2015. It was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Library and  Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) to enhance understanding of  the nation’s workforce in Library, Archives, Records, Information Management, Knowledge Management and  related professional roles. Based on the statistical analysis of secondary data sources such as the UK Labour Force Survey, as well as responses to an online survey, a long-needed data baseline was produced by a project team of six from the Centre for Social Informatics and Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University. Key findings relate to an estimated population of 86,376 workers, their general demographics, qualifications and memberships and the diversity of the population as a whole. Of particular interest are the findings on pay differences and seniority according to gender, and the low ethnic diversity of the population surveyed.

Edinburgh Napier’s Gender Equality survey – Athena Swan team

Did you know the university is engaging with all staff and research students to understand the University’s equality culture and how Athena SWAN Charter principles are delivered. Members of the Athena Swan team will be here to talk about the Gender equality survey that is running at the moment, and you can hear about the on-going work to attain Athena Swan Silver status as a university.