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Philosophy of Creativity Studentship Available

Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews


The Department of Philosophy has funding to cover the cost of fees (Home/ EU students) and maintenance (Home students) for up to three years for a PhD in the Philosophy of Creativity, to begin in late September 2011.

Applications are due by August 25. For full details, please download this Philsophy of Creativity studentship (Word, 287 KB) .

MLitt admissions close for September 2011

MLitt students in AnstrutherAdmissions for the MLitt in Managing in Creative Industries programme beginning September 2011 are now closed. Applications for September 2012 will be considered from October 2011. For more details, please visit the School of Management website.

Photo: 2009-10 MLitt students Ayesha Abbasi and Susan Fant visiting a local coastal village

Applications Invited for ESRC Studentships

ESRC logo Applications are being accepted until August 15 for a number of fully funded ESRC Collaborative Studentships with ICC. The PhD projects will begin in September 2011. For more details, please download  

For more information about current PhD projects with ICC, please visit our Student Researcher pages

Academic SpeedDating event

The School of Management’s Cultural & Creative Industries Research Group will hold an Academic SpeedDating event on 7 September, 12-5pm, at The Gateway. Researchers from any discipline who have interests related to the Cultural and Creative Industries are encouraged to join in the event. The format will give everyone a chance to give a 10-minute quick pitch about their work, in order to spread awareness of what’s happening in the St Andrews research community and to link potential research partners. Participants will be asked to prepare an A4 handout OR 1 slide OR 1 flipchart page. Lunch will be provided.

Please book a place by 15 August by contacting Charles Lovatt, cl210@st-andrews.ac.uk
For sample research topics and themes, please download and display poster:  

ICC students join blogosphere

blog graphicCatch the latest news and commentary about three of our industry-sponsored PhD students via their blogs:

Michael Franklin, KTP Associate with Creative Scotland, focuses on issues facing the independent UK film industry and particularly the role of digital technologies: http://www.scottishfilms.com/articles/view/4df7d340-a130-4795-a61b-2c666d7b4e66

Rachel McCrum's PhD concerns audience involvement and consumer growth strategies for Craftscotland. She contributes to the organisation's blog: http://www.craftscotland.org/about-us/craft-scotland-blog.html

Holly Patrick's PhD project is sponsored by Dundee Rep Theatre. Her blog reflects on academia, research and the PhD process: http://amateur-academic.blogspot.com

Management Lecturer Named New Generation Thinker

Dr Philip RoscoeICC PhD supervisor Dr. Philip Roscoe has been named today by Radio 3 as one of its 10 New Generation Thinkers, a team of early-career academics who have interesting ideas and flair for exploring them through radio programmes. The New Generation Thinkers will feature in a Night Waves series on Radio 3 beginning tonight, 28 June, at 10pm. More details about the New Generation Thinkers:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jun/28/bbc-new-generation-thinkers-contest

Dr Roscoe, a Lecturer in the University of St Andrews School of Management, supervises several of the PhD projects in ICC's Capitalising on Creativity research programme with the Economic & Social Research Council.

Collaborations and Networks in the Scottish Music Industry

On 3 March in Glasgow the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity and the University of Strathclyde Music Department jointly hosted "Collaborations and Networks", the second of a 3-part seminar series focussing on the Scottish music industry.

Organised by Professor Barbara Townley of ICC/University of St Andrews and Mark Sheridan, University of Strathclyde, the event featured prominent academics in the area of regional cultural provision and industry networks. Speakers' presentations are available for download as follows:

Professor Klaus Kunzmann, Chair of European Spatial Planning, School of Planning, University of Dortmund:
Cultural Industries and the Creative City Fever in Germany (PDF, 2,031 KB)  

Professor Ann Markusen, School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Glasgow School of Art:
"Creative Industries: Crossover between Disciplines, Occupations, and Sectors"

Professor Colin Mason, Mark Sheridan and Julie McFarlane, University of Strathclyde:
"A recent survey of Music graduate employment presents some interesting insights into the contemporary industry”
Making a living in the music industry (PDF, 3,617 KB)    

Stewart Cruickshank, former senior producer at BBC Radio, and Mark Sheridan, University of Strathclyde: “The music business and networks”

The final event in the seminar series will be "Impact--control, effect, measurement and evaluation in the Creative Industries" and will be held during May or June 2011. For details, please contact ICC on coca@st-andrews.ac.uk

The events are funded by the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity through its Economic & Social Research Council capacity-building grant for the Creative Industries in Scotland.


Popular Music Business Conference opens 24 February

abstract imageThe Institute for Capitalising on Creativity co-hosted an international conference 24-25 February with colleagues in the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics. “The Global Popular Music Business: National Historical Perspectives” was explored by 20 academics from the UK, Europe and USA as part of an LSE research project addressing development of entrepreneurship in the British popular music industry between 1950 and 1975. 

Popular Music Business Conference Programme (PDF, 492 KB) 



School hosts Bourdieu scholar Bridget Fowler

Professor Bridget Fowler of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences at University of Glasgow will visit the School of Management on 2 March to deliver a lecture in the School's research seminar series.

Professor Fowler will speak on "Pierre Bourdieu, the theory of practice and the field of cultural studies: the case of British New Wave drama" at 3.15pm in Lecture Room 2 of The Gateway. For more information, please contact Mindy Grewar on 01334 462808 or coca@st-andrews.ac.uk

Bridget Fowler's web page 
School of Management Research Seminar Series

Research Funds for Creative Industry SMEs Launched

Red Note Ensemble director receives voucherICC launched its Business Vouchers and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships for Scotland’s creative industries on 26 October in St Andrews. The programmes provide significant funding for small, medium and large enterprises in the creative industries to conduct research with ICC.

Photo: Red Note Music Ensemble Chief Executive John Harris celebrates receiving the first Business Voucher, with Professor Barbara Townley, Scottish Minister for Culture Fiona Hyslop, and University of St Andrews Principal Louise Richardson.

More about Capacity Building Business Vouchers
More about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Download Business vouchers news release (PDF, 123 KB) 
Video: Prof. Barbara Townley, ICC Director

Dawn Bennett Unravels Artists' Education and Careers

Dr. Dawn Bennett at St Andrews UniversityAustralian researcher Dr. Dawn Bennett visited ICC on Thursday 18 November to lead a colloquium entitled "How to harness the power of nothing." The presentation reflected on her work on artists' education, their working lives and environments. A Senior Research Fellow with Curtin University in Perth, Bennett shared insights and findings from a number of research projects investigating the education and training of artists; arts work in Perth, Glasgow and Vancouver; and artist migration. Dawn's visit was sponsored by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Dawn Bennett's Curtin University profile page

Pat Kane reveals social theories behind his career

Pat KaneICC invited Pat Kane, musician (Hue And Cry), writer, consultant, theorist and activist, to give the keynote speech at the Scottish Doctoral Management Conference at the School of Management on 28 May 2010. In "Seduced, abandoned and theorised: a brief intellectual history of a creative career" Pat gave a tour de force exploration of social and cultural ideas and related their particular effects on his practise as a cultural and civic entrepreneur over the last 30 years.

The task of writing the presentation "almost felt like an exercise in play-therapy - a rather joyful opening-up of some old chasms inside me," Kane revealed. "For anyone of 'a certain age' who's made their life by ideas and projects, I'd recommend the process."

We recommend his presentation, and his website, theplayethic.com 

Space and Place Music Seminar 25 October

photo from glasgowconcerthalls.comICC hosted a seminar on the music industry on 25 October at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls. Delegates discussed "Capitalising on creativity: Space and Place" in relation to the music industry and heard reports on a number of research and KE projects based in Glasgow.  October 25 music seminar programme (PDF, 143 KB)

The event was the first in a series of three music industry seminars co-presented by Professor Barbara Townley of ICC and Mark Sheridan of the University of Strathclyde. The second event will be held March 3 2011. For details, please contact ICC.

ICC Researcher Publishes Changing Business Models Report

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a report by Dr. Nicola Searle, Senior Knowledge Exchange Associate with the University of Abertay, entitled Changing Business Models in the Creative Industries: The cases of Television, Computer Games and Music. The report was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Nicola, who also   supervises a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with ICC and Creative Scotland, wrote the report following a research fellowship with IPO earlier this year. Her research examines the business model response to the change from analogue to digital in the creative industries. Looking at both traditional and emerging business models, the project focuses on three sectors: television, computer games and music. A series of six case studies, two from each sector, provide illustrative cases of the business model response to challenges to enforcement of copyright and the advent of digital technologies.

The six business model case studies provide a snapshot of the current state of business models in three key creative sectors and suggest four emerging themes. These four themes are: IP; high rates of change; sectoral differences in models; and the changing role of intermediaries.

Adding Value conference notes available

Jeremy MyersonProceedings from the "Adding Value: Creativity Applied" conference held on 21 November are now available for download, below. 150 participants attended the event at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, where they heard presentations by academic and industry leaders on the importance of design and innovation to the Creative Industries. Notes on each speaker's presentations, and copies of several of the presentation slides, can be downloaded here.

Adding Value conference proceedings (PDF, 613 KB) 
Rob Woodward presentation (PDF, 1,014 KB)   
Georgina Follett presentation (PDF, 361 KB)
Jeremy Myerson presentation (PDF, 6,271 KB)Rob Woodward presentation (PDF, 1,014 KB)  

The conference was organised by the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity, University of St Andrews, in partnership with the RSA Fellows' Media, Creative Industries, Culture and Heritage Network, and funded by the Economic & Social Research Council.

Research and Knowledge Exchange: September 30 Seminar

abstract image; Photo by Emma FlynnResearch and Knowledge Exchange in the Creative Economy: Impact and Effect wasthe third in a series of seminars presented by Professor Barbara Townley, Institute for Capitalising on Creativity, University of St Andrews and Mark Sheridan, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde. The event was held 30 September at Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, Edinburgh and was supported by Creative Scotland.

Presentation slides
Chouguley Presentation (PDF, 502 KB) A shorter version with audio commentary is available at http://bopconsulting.typepad.com/bop-consultings-culture/2011/11/measuring-the-impacts-of-festivals.html
Searle Presentation 30 Sept 2011 (PDF, 387 KB) McFarlane presentation 30 Sep 2011 (PDF, 1,576 KB)
McGillivray (participant) blog: Impact and Effect: Contested Cultural Values

Music audiences--we'd like your help

Red Note logo   
ICC researchers will be conducting group discussions at Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh on 3rd May and at Woodend Barn, Banchory, on 4th May for Red Note Ensemble, Scotland’s professional contemporary music ensemble. We’re looking for participants and hope you will join us--anyone can participate in the discussion, whether or not they’ve heard of Red Note.

In exchange for giving us your views, you will receive 2 free tickets to a Red Note performance of Infinito Nero (you may choose from performances 11-14 May in Banchory, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling). Details of the concert can be found on the Red Note website: http://www.rednoteensemble.com/Red_Note/Red%20Note.html

There will be two discussions on both 3 and 4 May: 6.30pm for people who have previously attended a Red Note performance, and at 8pm for those who not attended a previous performance. Please contact researcher Dr. Charlotte Gilmore clm16@st-andrews.ac.uk if you would like to take part.

Managing Music: Developing the Dialogue

AIM logo19 April,  Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow

The University of St Andrews brings together leading experts in live music (from a variety of Orchestral and other settings) and internationally recognised academics (including Davide Nicolini, Antonio Strati and Sierk Ybema) to create an insightful dialogue about organising practices in music.

The Workshop
There will be an initial exchange between the music practitioners and academics. The music directors and managers will present a story or vignette from practice, and the researchers will reciprocate with ideas and questions to help with an exploration of the examples. Following this initial exchange, round table discussions will be facilitated in which mixed groups of managers/directors and academics choose an example to discuss in more depth. A plenary session will then be held to discuss potential insights, learning points and specific questions that are worthy of further exploration.

The workshop will start with an informal lunch from 12pm and last from 1pm to 4.30pm. For enquiries and/or to book a place, please contact Dr. Charlotte Gilmore: clm16@st-andrews.ac.uk

Insights and Ideas: Social Media

ICC Knowledge Transfer Associate Michael Franklin will join a showcase of work at Creative Scotland's next Insights & Ideas exchange event on Thursday 3 November,  2pm – 4pm at Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

November’s Insights and Ideas café will focus on Social Media. The event will showcase interesting practice and encourage exploration and discussion around the uses and potential of social media. It will offer an opportunity to network with academics, researchers and artists actively using social media as part of their practice.

The event will highlight four projects:
• Museums & digital technology--Speaker: Jim Richardson (Sumo Design and Museum Next)
• New digital models for marketing and distributing film--Speaker: Michael Franklin (Research Associate at Creative Scotland and the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity at University of St Andrews)
• Issues pertaining to privacy and cyber law--Speaker: Lilian Edwards (Professor of Internet Law, Strathclyde University)
• Innovative experimental sound technology projects--Speakers: Simon Kirby & Tommy Perman (Found Electronics)

Insights and Ideas is a creative café-style meeting place for researchers, practitioners and policy makers, organised jointly by Creative Scotland and Museums and Galleries Scotland. Please note that places on this free programme are currently fully booked. However you can register your name for the waiting list via  EVENTBRITE:

For further information, please contact events@creativescotland.com, or call 0330 333 2000.

Adding Value: Creativity Applied--Seminar 21 November

Bookings are now being taken for a thought-provoking afternoon of presentations and discussions on Adding Value: Creativity Applied--Laying the foundations for sustainable growth, a seminar to be held Monday 21 November 2011 at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. Adding Value brochure (PDF, 580 KB) .

The event will run 12.45 -6.30pm with networking and cash bar until 7.00pm, and is open to practitioners, policymakers, educators, financiers and administrators. Bookings must be made by 15th November via Eventbrite.

Speakers include:

  • Roanne Dods, Deputy Director, Dovecot Foundation; Producer, International Futures Forum; Co-Director, Mission Models Money
  • Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland
  • Professor Georgina Follett OBE FRSA, Deputy Principal, University of Dundee
  • Professor Jeremy Myerson FRSA, Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art
  • Professor Chris van der Kuyl FRSE, Chief Executive, brightsolid online innovation  
  • The Rt Hon Brian Wilson, Chairman, Harris Tweed Hebrides
  • Rob Woodward FRSA, NESTA Board Member and Chief Executive, STV Group plc

    The day will be hosted by Professor Georgina Follett OBE FRSA, Deputy Principal, University of Dundee, and Professor Barbara Townley FRSA, University of St Andrews, and Chairman will be Mrs Ann Packard FRSA, Founder and Chairman, RSA FellowsMedia, Creative Industries, Culture and Heritage Network and elected Member, RSA Fellowship Council. The event is a partnership  between ICC and the RSA Fellows’ MCICH Network.

DCMS publishes international culture and sport comparisons

The Department of Culture Media and Sport has published a report written by current ESRC CASE Student Orian Brook while she was a Placement Fellow with DCMS. International Comparisons of Public Participation in Culture and Sport examines Eurobarometer and other data and finds that UK cultural attendance and sports participation are both higher than the average for Europe. Orian also found that higher rates of personal fulfilment are found for those that attend all kinds of culture, compared to those that do not, and rates of attendance between countries seem to be related to levels of government spend on culture.  

Orian Brook's research profile page


ICC to take role in Knowledge Exchange Hub

AHRC logoICC will take an important overview role in a new £5 million Knowledge Exchange Hub funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support the Creative Economy. Beginning in June 2012, the Hub will facilitate all of Scotland’s art colleges, the University of Abertay, and the ICC working with businesses to boost innovation through design research and knowledge exchange. The Hub will be based at the new V&A at Dundee and University of Dundee.

More details: ICC to participate in AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub (Word, 66 KB) 


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