Research and Innovation Hub


The Research and Innovation Hub is an important milestone for UHI Perth, emphasising a strong commitment to cultivating a vibrant research culture.

The Hub has been set up to expand, develop and sustain existing and emerging research within the college and the wider UHI. It will be very much multi-disciplinary in character, reflecting a wide range of research areas and interests residing within the college from business studies, environmental studies, creative industries, literature, music, education studies, and digital technologies. The hub will enable a more focused and strategic approach to the way the college researchers work with each other and other external partners; providing a new evolving platform to strengthen existing links and develop new networks and relationships. Facilitating access to a wide range of research training and support for our mid-career and early career researchers will be a dynamic part of the Hub activity. This will involve working closely with the UHI Research Office and other UHI academic partners. For further information, please contact Patrick O'Donnell:


Our Research Community content

Our Research Community

Our Research Community

Dr Rosalind Bryce

Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies

She carries out research on applied conservation and environmental management at Scottish and European levels. Originally an ecologist, Rosalind now works on interdisciplinary projects that consider the social dimension of how we manage our natural resources. Her recent research includes projects on deer management, land ownership, ecotourism and social innovations.

Research interests include:

  • The influence of social factors, such as values, motivations and social networks on decision making and responses to environmental problems.
  • Improving the integration of cultural ecosystem services into environmental decision making
  • Understanding how environmental research evidence is used in policy and practice
  • Integrated land use
  • Invasive species management
  • Ecosystem engineering

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Nuria Camps

Nuria is undertaking a Ph.D. by publication and her research interest relates to new technology and teaching and learning, distance learning and virtual learning environments. Previous research activities include gender imbalance within the oil and gas sector and STEM education within schools.

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Dr Allan Clyne

Allan is a part-time lecturer in the New Opportunities Team and had been a youth worker for over 20 years. He has experience of working within both statutory and voluntary sectors and within formal and informal educational settings. He has an MSc from the University of Dundee and recently completed a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. His PhD utilised Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutical arc in conjunction with Charles Taylor’s social history, and Alasdair MacIntyre’s interpretation of language and translation, to present a narrative of UK youth work from its inception as a Christian endeavour in the mid to late nineteenth century to its current status as a secular pursuit. Allan’s research interest include: religion and informal education, history of youth work and Ricoeurian hermeneutic phenomenology as a research methodology. 

Dr Khristin Fabian

Khristin is a Senior Learning Technologist atUHI Perth and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Computing Education Research, within Edinburgh Napier University.

Her research interest includes educational technology, mathematics education and student transitions.

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Dr Kerry Hannigan

Kerry is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Criminology (and some joint degrees). Her PhD was on protection and security in a technologically advanced society, which focused on the grooming of children and young people by online sex offenders. Her wider research interests include: cybercrime (the advancements in technology and crime), cultural criminology and the globalisation of crime, qualitative and quantitative research methods.
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Shari Kane

Shari has worked as a lecturer within Sport and Fitness at UHI Perth since 2015.  She has a BA Business Administration, a BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Exercise, and is in the final phase of her dissertation in fulfilment of an MSc in Physical Activity for Health.  Shari’s dissertation is based on a phenomenological analysis of the experiences of transgender people when accessing physical activity opportunities in public spaces across Scotland.

Shari has recently secured a UHI LTA research scholarship award which aims to explore the dynamics associated with student agency within the context of co-created, individualised summative assessment through the use of flexible assessment menus.

Shari’s current research interests also include mental health, productivity and the dynamics of business.

Daniel Kiraly

Daniel Kiraly is a Construction and Civil Engineering Lecturer at UHI Perth, teaching Construction Technology and Management at SCQF levels 6 through 8. His research interests include: animation for learning, social constructive learning theories, as well as material science and renewable technologies.

Dr Seán McLaughlin

Seán's background is in popular music and cultural studies - though previous research projects have looked at Scottish folk music and professionalisation, curriculum for excellence in FE, and songwriting in post-compulsory music education. He has been involved in neo-Marxist critiques of UK popular music programmes, and is an active song-writer and performer - with particular research interests in popular music education, institutions, mediation and creative practice. 

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Dr Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick is the Research Coordinator at UHI Perth and his research interests include:  learner transitions; learning spaces; education policy formation, interpretation and enactment; institutional cultural change; teacher professionalism; vocational education; curriculum design, teaching and learning.   

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Dr Kyle Smith

Kyle's research interests include: literature, cultural studies, history and education.

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Dr Steven Timoney

Steven has undertaken a variety of heritage interpretation projects and research into different aspects of interpretation practice. His wider research interests include: interpretation of cultural heritage; the visitor experience at heritage sites; public and community archaeology; and social geography - particularly landscape and societies past and present.

Steven is also a Research Associate with the Institute for Northern Studies.

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Frances Ann Whittet

Frances Ann Whittet is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Health & Social Studies at UHI Perth. Previous to lecturing, Frances spent most of her career within NHS Scotland - both as a nurse, and for a time, as a midwife and has maintained registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse.

Research Environment content

Research Environment

Research Environment

The Hub will provide an secure environment to conduct research:

  • Focus groups
  • One-to-one interviews
  • Research activity exploring and mapping learner experiences with digital technology
Dedicated Space content

Dedicated Space

Dedicated Space

  • Showcase research outputs in one location - reflecting the range of research interests
  • Hot desk facilities for UHI Perth staff and visiting researchers within the UHI partnership
  • The hub will play a key role in nurturing, supporting and co-ordinating research and innovation at UHI Perth
Training, Professional Development Initiatives and Networking Opportunities content

Training, Professional Development Initiatives and Networking Opportunities

Training, Professional Development Initiatives and Networking Opportunities

  • Introduction to the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Professional Review for Mid Career and Early Career Researchers
  • Designing and Writing Research Proposal
  • Writing a Literature Review
  • Research Ethics and Integrity  
  • Introduction to Research Impact Metrics
  • How to find Research Funding/Writing Grant Proposals
  • Project Managing Research
  • Writing Groups for Early Career Researchers
  • How to Publish your Research
Previous Events: Research Presentations for January 2022 content

Previous Events: Research Presentations for January 2022

Previous Events: Research Presentations for January 2022

  • Centre for Mountain Studies: overview of recent and future research activities   
  • University Learning Spaces: a global perspective on the evolutionary trajectory of the university library
  • Reflective Practice in Teaching: Implications for the TQFE
  • Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Education
  • Utilising Hermeneutic Phenomenology as a Research Methodology