• S.H.E.D launch research event

      Jones, Rhiannon; University of Derby (2019-07-03)
      How does artistic research engage or engineer alternative sites for practice? The panel discussed the impact that mobile projects have on cultural, social and political discourse on placemaking for cities. It provided an opportunity to reflect on the ambitions for S.H.E.D to be a literal and metaphorical vehicle for the transformation of dialogue. Panellists: Professor Alex Nunn, University of Derby Dr Vishalakshi Roy, Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick Ben Anderson, Creative Producer, In Good Company Dr Rhiannon Jones, University of Derby Rebecca Beinart, Engagement Curator for Primary & artist, Nottingham Dr Victoria Barker, University of Derby Dr. Nick Owen MBE, CEO The Mighty Creatives Chaired by: Dr Michael Pinchbeck, University of Lincoln
    • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: ‘Le Bout du monde’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Purgatorio’ in landscape

      Tracada, Eleni; University of Derby, College of Engineering and Technology (�ditions de l�Esp�rou., 2015-06)
    • The same sky - A musical

      Ellis, Daniel; University of Derby; Harvey, Tim; Baggaley, Phil (Guildhall Theatre, 28/06/2016)
      THE SAME SKY is a ‘live’ on-going Musical Theatre project. This research investigates, from the perspective of the composer, the entire creative and technical process of producing a musical, from conception through to performance. The creative collaborative dialogue between composer, author and theatrical director in the production of a new musical will be presented and discussed. Each step has been documented allowing the investigation of the developmental mechanisms, planning, communication and practicalities involved in the launching of such a project. Considerations of the technical practicalities, theatrical possibilities within constrained budgets and how these also effect the compositional and artistic decisions made. It additionally explores the subjective nature of the creative process and questions how the combination of tried and tested compositional methodologies might combine with newer creative skill sets to ignite the development and evolution of a new project. Each step along the production timeline will be illustrated with musical examples to offer insight into the creative process. It is hoped that the research will demonstrate that it is indeed possible to produce a musical with little experience of the genre, providing the appropriate supporting expertise is in place; but this should not diminish the author’s many years experience in the related area of song-writing without which such a venture would be ill-advised.
    • The Saudi experiment with career guidance

      Hooley, Tristram; University of Derby (Sense Publishing, 2017-04)
      Saudi Arabia has recently embarked on an ambitious experiment with career guidance. The country has identified that career guidance offers a range of potential cultural, educational and economic benefits. These include supporting the Saudisation of the workforce, the development of the vocational education system and the engagement of the Saudi ‘youth bulge’ in the labour market and wider society. However, the country has a weak tradition of career guidance and a need to develop new policies and systems rapidly. The Saudi Ministry of Labour has driven the development of the country’s new career guidance system and has sought to learn from global best practice. However, Saudi Arabia offers a very different context from those where career guidance has flourished. Particularly distinctive features of Saudi society include its limited civil society, the central role that religion plays, the place of women, the role of oil within the economy and the high level of migrant workers in the labour market. Taken together these issues offer challenges of culture, theory, policy and practice. Negotiating these challenges and building an organic body of theory and practice will be critical to the success or otherwise of the Saudi experiment with career guidance.
    • Save the student labour market

      Hooley, Tristram; Institute of Student Employers; University of Derby (The Student Employer, 2020-07)
      The pandemic has created a youth unemployment ticking time bomb and we all have a role to play. ISE is championing government support for employers. What else can be done?
    • Scapeland

      Baker, Steve; University of Derby (2013)
      I am an art historian and artist working in the interdisciplinary field of animal studies. The photographic series Scapeland (2013 to date) is an ongoing inquiry into the construction of ethically-engaged pictorial space. Work from the series was first exhibited in Ecce Animalia at the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Poland in 2014, and discussed in my plenary paper for the accompanying conference Animals and their People: The Fall of the Anthropocentric Paradigm? I have used subsequent conference and exhibition opportunities to take this inquiry forwards. The paired digital images that comprise each piece in the Scapeland series create a constructed pictorial space that is nevertheless grounded in the natural and cultural landscape of East Anglia, from which all the images derive. Significant influences on the series include Niklas Luhmann’s notion of art as “’mprobable evidence’, Peter Osborne’s work on constructedness and on the necessary incompletion of projects in his 2013 book on the philosophy of contemporary art, and Deleuze and Guattari’s distinction between smooth and striated space. Most importantly and most recently, Ronald Broglio’s assertion in his work on landscape imagery that ‘haptic spatiality’ offers opportunities ‘to reorganize human relations to nature’ has led me specifically to explore the construction of less anthropocentric forms of pictorial space, both in my Scapeland series and in other areas of my practice. In terms of outcomes, Scapeland remains my most widely exhibited and reproduced series, giving me opportunities to work with curators in the UK, Europe and USA who continue to offer new perspectives on the work and to present it to new audiences. The 2020 the exhibition As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Animalities in Artists’ Imagination at Limerick City Gallery of Art includes a selection of pieces from the Scapeland series, half of which have not previously been exhibited.
    • Scenographic contraptions: A manifestation for a post-representational performance design method

      Penna, Xristina; University of Leeds (Performance Studies International, 08/06/2017)
      Design is too often considered superfluous to performances – aesthetic, technological and everyday – and yet, as a sensorially orchestrated phenomena, such invention can make discursively manifest the varying excesses of our time. As cups’ excess runneth over, the superfluous-as-design performs its superfluidity; overflowing the edges and slipping between the cracks to expose fissures and faults as possibilities; forcing open new spaces. In greeting this abundance with high-water boots, we asked how conditions of super-flu(id)ity in the social, political, environmental and/or other realms permeate our theorizing and practicing of performance design. A dozen responses to the performance+design working group’s call were selected, and these designers, theorists, pedagogues and provocateurs will share manifestos + manifestations of their research and projects in the curated Superflu(id)ity session the first day of the PSI#23 conference in Hamburg.
    • Scenographic contraptions: An embodied conversation, embodied mind, embodied design

      Penna, Xristina; University of Leeds (University of Edinburgh, 2015)
    • Scent of a Woman; A screen-printed artists publication

      McNaney, Nicki; University of Derby (2015-06)
      This publication was developed to explore the creation of multiples through the hand printed process, researching the traditional use of printmaking in a contemporary artists book format. Ideas surrounding the theme of ‘Lost and Found” were developed initially using the medium of collage and drawing and then taken forward into screen-print. The concertina book was initiated as a response to the sub-heading “ scent of a woman ‘ that illustrated the research and investigation, commenting on the perfume recipes that have been lost and found over the years within the Parisian perfume houses. The artist books serves as a vehicle to document these findings a more abstract way, inviting the viewer the opportunity to debate the narrative of the artist book, with no beginning or end.
    • Scent-marking investment and motor patterns are affected by the age and sex of wild brown bears

      Clapham, Melanie; Nevin, Owen T.; Rosell, Frank; Ramsey, Andrew; University of Derby (Elsevier, 2014-07-01)
      Members of the Carnivora employ a wide range of postures and patterns to mark their scent onto objects and thereby communicate with conspecifics. Despite much anecdotal evidence on the marking behaviour of ursids, empirical evidence of scent-marking motor patterns displayed by wild populations is lacking. Analysing the time that different age and sex classes spend at scent-marking trees and the behaviours involved at different times of year could provide further insight into the function of marking. We used camera traps stationed at scent-marking trees to investigate scent-marking behaviour by wild brown bears, Ursus arctos. Through image-based data, we found evidence to support the hypothesis that time investment and scent-marking motor patterns are dictated by the age and sex of the bear. Adult males spent more time scent marking and displayed a more complex behavioural sequence of marking than adult females and juveniles. Adult male behaviour at marking trees was consistent throughout the year, indicating a continued benefit of chemical signalling outside of the breeding season. Juvenile bear behaviour at marking trees changed with age. Young dependent cubs were more likely to imitate their mother's behaviour, whereas older dependent cubs were more likely to engage in marking behaviour independently. The marking motor patterns of independent subadults were more simplistic than those of younger dependent cubs, suggesting a change in behaviour with independence. We suggest that these findings further support the hypothesis that scent-marking behaviour by brown bears functions in intrasexual competition between adult males. Cub behaviour at marking trees suggests an influence of social learning.
    • School ethos and variation in health experience of young people with sickle cell disorder at school.

      Dyson, Sue E.; Atkin, Karl; Culley, Lorraine; Demaine, Jack; Dyson, Simon M. (Radcliffe Publishing, 2012-05)
      Young people with serious chronic illnesses, such as sickle cell disorder, report high levels of negative experiences at school that have adverse effects on their health. Disclosure of sickle cell status appears to be unrelated to improved experiences, and alternative explanations for variable health experiences at school are required. This paper draws on a multi-methods study of young people with sickle cell disorder in England in an attempt to make sense of variable experiences unrelated to disease severity or to teacher/peer awareness of sickle cell disorder. School ethos refers to the manner in which schoolbased interactions combine to bring into effect school values, including the attitudes expected of young people, the attitudes expected of teachers, how young people relate to each other, how young people relate to staff, how the school relates to the community, and a holistic concern with the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of the young person. It is proposed that these interactions and resulting values are a key to understanding the variable health experiences of young people with sickle cell disorder at school.
    • Schools and employers must work together.

      Neary, Siobhan; University of Derby (Kemps Publishing Ltd., 2018-06)
      This article explores the changing nature of work, the history of apprenticeships and the challenges for both young people and employers in getting the right people in the right jobs.
    • A scientific approach to microphone placement for cymbals in live sound

      Harrison, Joshua J.; Hill, Adam J.; University of Derby (Institute of Acoustics, 2013-11)
      Current practice regarding overhead microphone placement on drum kits at live events is largely informed by personal experience and industry-standard practice, where there seems to be a lack of scientific evidence supporting these placements. This research addresses this by first recordings from points around different cymbals which are struck by three types of drumsticks. The measurements are processed in MATLAB to produce visual representations of the auditory data. The work puts forward evidence that cymbal radiation patterns are dependent on shape, size, profile and striking method while the attack and sustain are primarily dependent on cymbal weight. Ideal overhead microphone placement diagrams are generated based on these results to give live sound engineers a quick reference guide for best practice at live events.
    • The 'Sculpture in the Home' exhibitions: reconstructing the home and family in post-war Britain

      Burstow, Robert; University of Derby (The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2008)
    • ‘Sculpture in the Home': selling modernism to post-war British homemakers’

      Burstow, Robert; University of Derby (Liverpool University Press, 2008)
    • "The Seam of Something Else Unnamed": Sebastian Barry's Days Without End

      Campbell, Neil; University of Derby (University of Nebraska Press, 2018-07-21)
      This essay examines Sebastian Barry's Days Without End as a novel that examines and critiques conventions of the American West through its consideration of alternative communities of sexuality. Using theoretical frames drawn from performativity studies, it explores how terrible prejudices of race, gender and sexuality can be challenged.
    • Searching for synergies, making majorities: the demands for Pakistan and Maharashtra.

      Godsmark, Oliver; University of Sheffield (Taylor and Francis, 2019-02-03)
      This paper re-examines the Pakistan demand as part of a wider ‘federal moment’ in India, by addressing its connections with the coterminous calls for Samyukta Maharashtra in the context of the Cabinet Mission of spring/summer 1946. It highlights how the twinned processes of democratisation and provincialisation during the interwar years informed these demands. Both Muslim and Maratha representatives looked to locate and secure autonomous political spaces that would better secure their political representation. Their demands exemplified a shift away from a commensurative logic expressed through separate representation in the legislatures, and towards support for majority rule at the provincial level.
    • Seasonally resolved isotopic temperature data as a tool for identifying the cause of marine climate change in the Pliocene

      Johnson, Andrew L. A.; Valentine, Annemarie; Leng, Melanie J.; Sloane, Hilary J.; Schoene, Bernd; Surge, Donna; University of Derby; University of Loughborough; British Geological Survey; University of Mainz; et al. (2017-07-07)
      Alteration in the pattern and vigour of ocean currents has often been invoked as the principal driver of changes in regional climate, including cases in the recent past (Pliocene, Pleistocene and Holocene) and instances predicted in the near future. The theory behind such interpretations is, however, suspect (e.g. Crowley, 1996; Seager et al., 2002), and it may be that other regional or global drivers are more important. The present cool temperate marine climate on the US eastern seaboard north of Cape Hatteras (northernmost North Carolina and Virginia) reflects the influence of cool southward-flowing currents, and a similar influence can be inferred in the Early Pliocene (Johnson et al., 2017). Change to a warm temperate (or marginally subtropical) marine climate in the Late Pliocene has been ascribed to the impingement on the area of warm, northward-flowing currents, assisted by the absence of a barrier equivalent to Cape Hatteras (e.g. Williams et al., 2009). Seasonally resolved oxygen isotope (δ18O) data from bivalve shells reveals, however, that seasonal temperature range was often in excess of that characteristic of the area south of Cape Hatteras (influenced by warm currents), and indicates the continuing influence of cold currents from the north (Johnson et al., 2017). Some isotopic evidence of seasonal temperature range from bivalves is consistent with warm-current influence (Winkelstern et al., 2013), but otherwise the evidence points to a different control (probably global climatic change) on the Late Pliocene warming of marine climate on the US eastern seaboard that is shown by isotopic data for annual average temperature. References: Crowley, T.J. (1996) Pliocene climates: The nature of the problem. Marine Micropaleontology, 27, 3-12. Johnson, A.L.A., Valentine, A., Leng, M.J., Sloane, H.J., Schöne, B.R., Balson, P.S. (2017) Isotopic temperatures from the Early and Mid-Pliocene of the US Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain, and their implications for the cause of regional marine climate change. PALAIOS, 32, 250-269. Seager, R., Battisti, D.S., Yin, J., Gordon, N., Naik, N.H., Clement, A.C., Cane, M.A. (2002) Is the Gulf Stream responsible for Europe's mild winters? Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 128, 2563-2586. Williams, M., Haywood, A.M., Harper, E.M., Johnson, A.L.A., Knowles, T., Leng, M.J., Lunt, D.J., Okamura, B., Taylor, P.D., Zalaziewicz, J. (2009) Pliocene climate and seasonality in North Atlantic shelf seas. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A, 367, 85–108. Winkelstern, I., Surge, D., Hudley, J.W. (2013) Multiproxy sclerochronological evidence for Plio-Pleistocene regional warmth: United States Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. PALAIOS, 28, 649-660.
    • The secret world of liver transplant candidate assessment

      Cherkassky, Lisa; University of Bradford (2011)