Health, Education and Social Sciences

Current research/projects

(updated since last report)

  1. Eleanor Brown:
    Dissertation for MSc Applied Psychology, University of Liverpool: A comparison of ‘Mental Toughness’ scores in students identified with and without social and cognitive deficit. Submitted August 2015, graduated December 2015.
  1. Paul Oliver, Emma Clayes:
    Exploring the Effectiveness of Information Communication Technologies in Higher Education. Revised paper to be submitted in 2016. Irene Lawrie, Emma Clayes, Norman Wilson: Mindset Training and CSI interventions: The effects on academic achievement, mindset development and student satisfaction. Report submitted to Andy Brown in June. Research work will continue through research and teaching linkages. The team are waiting to hear from UHI re submitting the paper for the LTA funding from June last year.
  2. Steven Timoney:
    • Erasmus+ Tourism project – developing a tourism programme to address developing needs of industry. With Euan Black and Donna Heddle. In collaboration with Háskólafélag Suðurlands, Iceland, and University of Màlaga, Spain;
    • Broich cursus, Crieff – small community project to develop interpretation provision at Crieff Community Campus.

New areas of research activity

(highlighting partners in collaboration)

  1. Emma Clayes, Julia Moreland: initial scoping undertaken for a future e-learning project.
  2. Steven Timoney: Developing a community archaeology project at Balfarg prehistoric complex, Fife with Dr Kenny Brophy, University of Glasgow.

Matters relating to postgraduate students and studentships

  1. Steven Timoney: PhD supervision with Jane Downes, Orkney College UHI and  Philomena de Lima, CRRS, Inverness College UHI: Alison Keir, ‘Coastal Change and Archaeological Heritage’

External engagements

(e.g. conferences)

  1. Kerry Harrigan: continuing communication/networking after presentation at Criminology Conference in Plymouth in July.
  2. Steven Timoney: a) attended Tayside and Fife Archaeological Conference (TAFAC) 7/11/15; b) gave a short talk on interpretation and communication as part of the Cradle of Scotland exhibition at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow 11/11/15.
  3. Karen Twiselton, Norman Wilson: Research poster at STEM conference January 2016. Twiselton, K and Wilson, N. (2016) Understanding retention and engagement in blended learning: The Community of Inquiry model. HEA Conference: Transforming teaching and learning in STEM. Nottingham. This is a follow on from the QAA 12th Enhancement Conference Glasgow paper: Twiselton, K and Wilson, N. (2015) Empowering Students Through Transitions: The impact of attended components of an online degree course.