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The history lecturer on a crusade to educate through wargames

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Rolling the dice on new creative endeavours had surprising results for Dr Gianluca Raccagni’s research and teaching.costly mistakes. Analysts expect the global tabletop games market will be worth more than $12 billion by 2023. Key to this boom, the growing popularity of tabletop strategy games has seen hundreds of new game clubs open across the UK during the past five years.

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Swapping sociology for steel-toe boots

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Dr Faye Wade donned a hard hat and high-vis jacket to help the construction industry utilise new technologies to avoid costly mistakes. Sharing jokes with construction workers over fish and chips at a sewage works on the west coast of Scotland is not Dr Faye Wade’s typical working day. But she says her research with one of the UK’s largest construction companies, Galliford Try, has been a springboard for her career.

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The psychologist putting workplace health through its paces

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Collaborating on a new desktop wellness app gave Dr Kasia Banas a valuable outlet to positively impact thousands of workers’ health and wellbeing. The $4.2 trillion US dollar global wellness industry encompasses everything from personal care to nutrition and fitness.

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The TV researchers sharing lessons from the small screen with Midlands SMEs

Case Study from the University of Nottingham: Professors Paul Grainge and Cathy Johnson are on a mission to help Nottingham’s small businesses community reach new audiences. Today’s fragmented media landscape gives consumers a seemingly endless choice about what, when, and how they watch, read and listen to content.

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The music researchers time travelling through sound

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Dr James Cook and Dr Kenny McAlpine’s collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland connects listeners with history and paves the way for virtual reality performance. Imagine being in the crowd during Jimi Hendrix’s legendary 1969 Woodstock set or watching a choir perform for Scotland’s King James IV in the 16th-century. 

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The Learning Scientist using tech to add magic to education

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Teacher turned researcher and education technology entrepreneur, Dr Andrew Manches believes the academic community must work more with industry to ensure EdTech lives up to its potential. Estimates suggest global sales of ‘EdTech’ products will reach $342 billion by 2025. However, the idea of technology in schools is still controversial.

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Do the British still think beer is a man’s drink?

Case Study from the University of Nottingham: Psychology experts from The University of Nottingham worked with one midlands company find out. Price often plays a significant role in our purchasing decisions. We also buy things because we associate them with positive qualities, such as desirability and value. But have you ever stopped to think why we make these associations?

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Relationships opened new doors for Edinburgh College of Art Professor

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Remo Pedreschi’s 15-year industry collaboration has led to significant improvements in safety and security in Scottish social housing. Built to offer brighter futures for families in the post-war years, by the 1980s a large number of social housing developments in Scotland had become synonymous with deprivation and crime.

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The purpose-driven Bristol researcher advocating for employee ownership

Case Study from the University of Bristol: Dr Malu Villela Garcia is developing a blueprint to put workforces in charge and make companies more inclusive, sustainable and accountable. Employee ownership is growing in popularity. According to the Employee Ownership Association, more than 370 UK companies are now wholly or significantly owned, directly or indirectly, by their workforce.

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Creative partnership helps anthropologist share forgotten Second World War stories

Case Study from the University of Edinburgh: Professor Tobias Kelly’s collaboration with National Museums Scotland has shaped his research on Britain’s conscientious objectors and allowed him to share this work with a whole new audience. If you had just half a page of paper to explain a decision that could cause you to be shunned by your community or even imprisoned, what would you write?

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