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Queues form for ground-breaking online lectures


15 Apr 2016

Online lectures from Scotland’s leading thinkers in the arts and humanities are proving so popular that there is a waiting list of people wanting to enrol.

Staff at the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) were expecting around 40 people to sign up for its Theories of Knowledge lectures to be broadcast live from universities across Scotland. Within two hours of the lectures being available for booking, over a hundred people had contacted the School. Now, more than 300 people have enrolled - with interest from many more. The lectures are open to doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities at any Scottish university and are provided by top academics from all over Scotland.

Professor Dee Heddon, Dean of the Graduate School which is hosted by the University of Glasgow on behalf of a consortium of Scottish universities, said: “SGSAH exists to identify, develop and share the best possible training in world-class arts and humanities research, to support our graduates to make a difference in the world. Scotland’s unique geography and strong traditions of philosophical thought come together in this innovative training offer. We’re delighted that we have been able to mobilise new technologies to enable doctoral researchers from every one of our member universities to debate and discuss key ideas around how knowledge is made and understood in the arts and humanities.”

Laurence Howells, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, which has invested £1.8 million in establishing the Graduate School, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people responding to this initiative. It’s also great to see universities across Scotland, from Aberdeen to Abertay and Stirling to Strathclyde being involved. These lectures bring together the best thinkers in their field and make them accessible in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”

The lectures take place between now and early June. Following their live broadcast, they can be viewed online, making their content accessible to anyone in the world.