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Digging Deeper at the ORFC24

The place where science and folk music intersect is the basis for Tipping Points. Between 2022 and 2024 I worked with Luke Daniels a well known folk musician to develop a workshop that explored the interactions between science and society.

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Pure deid metal - why is pure science so hard to explain?

In my interviews with Scottish scientists they all agree, it's hard to engage the public and get them excited about pure science. So I wanted to find out more and took a (virtual) trip from Bellshill to Princeton.

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Finding silicon glen

A recent chance encounter with a reel-to-reel recording tape and a Dansette record player in silicon glen led me to consider the significance of this place and how it relates to the social and cultural significance of Scotland.

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Keep on keeping on

Women in STEM have kept on keeping on during the pandemic, but now, it is time to step back? In this post I look at song, poetry and memes to explore this.

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Transfer event Wednesday 2nd February 2022

I am presenting the early findings and direction of my PhD thesis at my transfer event. This is open to the public and you are cordially invited.....

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Cooking with reckless abandon

Professor Massimiano Bucchi charts the long term stories of science and cooking from 1682 in "Newton's Chicken". The intersection of science and cooking is a gateway to popular culture. But what can STEM academics take from this?

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In Maths we trust

The inherent beauty of educators is their power to cultivate curiosity... for me, the curiosity in Maths died in about 1992, read on to see how a conversation changed that...

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Autoethnography as a research method

I'm making a bold declaration to use autoethnography as a research method within my PhD thesis, but am I there yet?

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Craic-ing up

The pandemic has brought many peripheral challenges to the way in which people work and co-locate their working practice with home life. What has kept me going? You're having a laugh surely....?

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Beauty is good

I've been looking at the ways in which researchers reach out to people. Images create a powerful and immediate connection. Since the start of 2021 I've looked at the use of selfies in academia and found it has affected me profoundly.

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Working with Scottish HE? An individual, business small or large, community group, grassroots activist, school, college or special interest group? Join the conversation as a guest blogger...

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Books, books, lovely books, look at them, like me!

Welcome to

This first post marks the starting point for my own journey as a researcher and blogger. I must be honest and say its outside my comfort zone, but I feel it is the right thing to do

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Lucy Beattie

Lucy Beattie

Hi I'm Lucy, a PhD Candidate with the UWS Academy. I'm looking at the role of public engagement in connecting teaching and research in Higher Education

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