“New Rules for Women” – Understanding how Women Work together

Have you ever reflected on whether there were specificities in how women communicate and work together? American researcher Dr Anne Litwin has made some interesting discoveries.
Dr Emmanuelle Rey-Marmonier will guide us through the results of this research project during an interactive evening event sponsored by the EY Women’s network, in partnership with RGU Women’s network and RGU Students Union, on Thursday, the 3rd of November 2016, at 6pm.
Emmanuelle is a Lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Development at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, with a keen interest in Leadership, Ethics in Leadership, and Women in Leadership.
You can contact her at e.rey@rgu.ac.uk or on LinkedIn.
Follow Emmanuelle on Twitter @ERM_leadership
To book your place email Suzanne Sim s.sim3@rgu.acuk

Open Access Week 2016: the case for Open Access and Open Data


This is the first of a series of blog posts produced to celebrate International Open Access Week 2016. See here for full details about the event and what we are doing to support it at RGU.

As far as it concerns researchers in RGU, “Open Access” refers to the concept of making resources freely available online and therefore accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. It also usually includes certain rights regarding the use and re-use of these resources. It can apply to all kinds of resources: research outputs such as journal articles, research data (also referred to as “Open Data”), or exhibitions; educational resources such as course- and lecture materials; and a multitude of other things like legislation, art and music. Although there are a variety of ways in which a resource can be made open access, the main service provided to researchers at RGU is the university’s institutional repository, OpenAIR – an open access database of research outputs.

Open Access is important for a variety of reasons. It benefits society in general by enabling access to research findings for those who cannot otherwise afford it. For publicly-funded research, it also helps to prove the value-for-money that taxpayers are getting. Researchers also accrue benefits from Open Access. It facilitates a larger readership, which in turn leads to an increase in citation counts and therefore a better research profile; the increase in readership can also open up unexpected opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Moreover, engaging with Open Access and Open Data encourage transparency and the sharing of best practice in methodologies. Finally, as a result of all of the benefits above, Open Access is now a requirement in many funding agreements and also in the next Research Excellent Framework (REF). More information on the benefits of Open Access – and the requirements of funders and the REF – is available in the Library’s Researcher Guides.

The following case studies help to illustrate the beneficial impact Open Access can have in terms of enabling innovative research:

  • Measuring populations to improve vaccination coverage

Article = BHARTI, N., DJIBO, A., TATEM, A.J., GRENFELL, B.T. and FERRARI, M.J. 2016. Measuring populations to improve vaccination coverage. Scientific reports [online], article number 34541. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep34541

Researchers use openly accessible satellite data of night-time lights to more accurately measure populations and movements, suggesting improvements to public health in terms of vaccination provision.

  • Identifying children’s doodles in medieval manuscripts

Article = THORPE, D.E. 2016. Young hands, old books: drawings by children in a fourteenth-century manuscript, LJS MS. 361. Cogent arts and humanities [online], 3, article number 1196864. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311983.2016.1196864

 A researcher presents an innovative study of several pieces of marginalia that she discovered whilst examining an openly available manuscript during an unrelated research project.

  •  Human Genome Project

Article = MAXWELL, E. and WILLIAMS, H. [2012]. From ideas to industries: Human Genome Project. Washington, DC: SPARC [online]. Available from: http://sparcopen.org/impact-story/human-genome-project/

An international research agreement conducted between 1990 and 2003, in which scientists across the world shared their data in order to successfully map the human genome. This research has resulted in the advancement of medical science as well as making a significant contribution to the global economy.

Keep an eye out for the rest of our Open Access Week blog posts, in which we will be featuring contributions from a selection of RGU academics, as well as introducing a new “Projects” feature for researchers in OpenAIR!

“Risk of bias in randomized clinical trials” – HSTalks Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection


This month’s additions to Henry Stewart Talks The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection include the release of a new series ‘The Risk of Bias in Randomized Clinical Trials‘, edited by Dr. Vance Berger. This series examines how specific study features are connected with a greater or lesser risk of bias, as well as statistical methods to detect data fraud and errors.  Lectures include Adaptive designs for phase I trials by Professor Anastasia Ivanova, and Data fraud in clinical trials by Professor Stephen George. There are also new lectures added to several existing series; Professor Iain Macdougall examines Anaemia in Chronic Kidney Disease, whilst Professor Russell Foster presents Defining the 3rd photoreceptor system within the eye.

The release also includes a two part talk by Professor David Seder on ‘Post-resuscitation syndrome after cardiac arrest‘ which discusses how to protect the brain and other vital organs.  Dr. Michael Ardern-Jones talks about the diagnosis, causes and treatment of eczema in his lecture ‘Atopic eczema: synonymous atopic dermatitis‘. Follow the padlock symbol to login via the Shibboleth organization login route.



Lunchtime Jazz

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Lunchtime jazz, 28th October in the Amphitheatre, SIWB 12:00-13:30. Free.

Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room, one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre, will be playing at RGU on 28th October.

Sharing their love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up  their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and  panache.

Based in Glasgow, the quartet features award-winning violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken (who also plays with  the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and was the featured violinist/fiddler on  ITV’s recent period drama ‘Jericho’ as well as orchestrating and appearing on the BBC/Richard Curtis film ‘Esio Trot’), Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Danny Kyle Award-winners Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and lead guitars respectively.

With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In  Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined at all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the  celebrated Shetland Folk Festival, and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
Rose Room were delighted to have been nominated for ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the last ‘Scottish Jazz Awards’ and are frequently played on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’ and Jazz FM. They are involved in teaching and fundraising for The Clutha Trust charity, and recently performed to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a special event alongside young musicians supported by the trust. Two of Rose Room’s tracks are also featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD.

“As close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to
hear in Scotland”

“Rose Room swing harder than an elm tree in
a force nine English gale…”

“Classy, very accomplished”

“The way that Rose Room plays this material manages to revitalise it while remaining true to
its origins”
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Isurv: updated username and password

The username and password for off campus access to the Isurv database has now been updated for the new academic year. To get the new username and password either follow this link or contact the library by email library@rgu.ac.uk.

Isurv is a fantastic resource from the RICS and gives information about surveying, construction, planning and much more.


And it can be accessed from the A-Z list of databases or the subject lists of databases for Architecture, Construction and Surveying.