23 articles found

Rethinking Dementia with Adaptive Interaction

Scottish Care estimates that between 12,000 and 15,000 people with advanced dementia are currently living in Scottish care homes. While the physical needs of care home residents are often treated as the priority, there is an urgent need to provide specialised social support and connection for people with advanced dementia and their families. The University…

Faith in Music

The BBC has commissioned a second series of Sir James MacMillan’s BBC Radio 4 series ‘Faith in Music’. With a combination of interviews and music, the programme asks important questions about composers from across the long-standing dialogue between religion and music, such as ‘What did these composers actually believe about God, faith, compassion, an afterlife and redemption? And do we need to share these…

Enhancing resilience and improving lives through tropical peat

Lowland tropical peatlands play a critical and, until recently, under-appreciated role in the global climate system. Peat captures carbon from the atmosphere and stores it underground for thousands of years. The largest areas of tropical peatlands are in southeast Asia, western Amazonia, and the Congo Basin, and all of them sequester large amounts of carbon…

Using artefacts (both digital and tangible) to improve learning

The sensory qualities of artefacts help us understand where we come from and where we are going. Research from School of Classics and School of Computer Science demonstrates this with analogous projects: the former using tangible qualities of artefacts to engage learning, and the latter using digital tools to make artefacts accessible. As resources for education and cultural and creative arts dwindle, it is increasingly important for academics and practitioners…

Better Altruism through Effective Ethics

It is tremendously difficult to get people to care about suffering that exists beyond their reach; out of sight, out of mind – even when it comes to global suffering. As a society, we are aware that much of the world is starving but may not feel as guilty for not giving to charities that…

Sustainable Futures Symposia Series

The St Andrews Global Challenges Forum will host a four-part symposia webinar series in October 2021 on the overarching theme of ‘Sustainable Futures’. We are aiming for an inspirational set of symposia with both St Andrews and global partners represented. Chaired by Professor Thomas Meagher, each session will welcome three or four speakers and focus…

Reinventing Technological Protocols and Processes

The field of computer science is young, developing and improving new technologies at an exponential rate. Academics across the world work in highly collaborative and imaginative environments, generating research that becomes the base for technology we use every day. The School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews plays a significant role is…

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: Looking for Positive Psychological Growth

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda was responsible for the deaths of over a million people, tearing apart families and leaving many survivors severely traumatised. Nicki Hitchcott, of the School of Modern Languages, has led a team working in Rwanda to investigate the concept of ‘post traumatic growth’ and how it relates to the genocide. Working with Rwandan therapists, the team has been looking for positive signs of psychological…

Bringing Nuance to Mexican History

Santa Anna is probably the historical figure most Mexicans love to hate. Although perceived as a hero by those who served under him during a 40-year political career, this six-times President of Mexico has since been described as ‘Traitor to the Homeland,’ ‘devious,’ ‘overambitious,’ ‘vulgar,’ and ‘corrupt’. (“The Oxford History of Mexico”, p.322) In the School of Modern Languages, Professor Will Fowler is helping to reconcile the two perspectives.  Santa Anna of Mexico was…

Re-imagining Local Film Histories through Critical and Creative Practice: 1300 SHOTS (Mark Lyken, 2020)

‘Re-imagining Local Film Histories through Critical and Creative Practice’ is a collaboration between filmmaker Mark Lyken and the Department of Film Studies to produce a film and exhibition about The Steps Theatre in Dundee during the 1990s. The project is funded by the University of St Andrews’ Knowledge Exchange and Impact grant and expands on…