Three academics from the University of Aberdeen have been awarded funding from the RSE in the spring 2023 Research Awards Programme.
The RSE’s Research Awards programme runs twice a year in spring and autumn and aims to support Scotland’s research sector by nurturing promising talent, stimulating research in Scotland, and promoting international collaboration.
Dr Kirsten Darling-McQuistan, Lecturer in the School of Education is part of an international collaborative team who were awarded funding for an RSE Research Network to investigate different models of teacher education, including Arctic Pedagogy.
Dr Darling-McQuistan said: “I am delighted to have been awarded RSE funding, and grateful to the Principal-Investigators for supporting my involvement in the process. Following Scottish Government, Arctic Connections funding, we are using the RSE funding to travel to Tromsø, Norway to further develop our network to include academics and educators from Canada and Greenland. This collaborative opportunity will support further work within Teacher Education.”
A team from the Law School’s Centre for Commercial Law including Dr Burcu Yüksel Ripley, Dr Alisdair MacPherson, and Ms Luci Carey, received an RSE Research Workshop Grant for a project entitled ‘Digital Assets in Scots Private Law: Innovating for the Future’.
Principal Investigator for the team Dr Burcu Yüksel Ripley said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious RSE grant to inform the development of law and practice regarding digital assets (eg cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and electronic trade documents) in Scotland. With our collaborators across Scotland, we will use this grant to organise a series of workshops to investigate to what extent digital assets are already accommodated within Scots private law, which areas of law require reform, and how law reform concerning digital assets can be best advanced in Scotland.
Dr Ieuan Seymour received an RSE Small Research Grant to assist with their investigations into sustainable batteries.
Dr Seymour said: “It is an honour to have been awarded a RSE Small Research Grant. My team and I will use this award to design a proof of concept for sustainable ‘closed-loop’ synthesis of next-generation, cobalt-free cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The project will look at how we can reduce the temperature and energy use associated with cathode synthesis, minimise the production of hazardous waste and efficiently recycle materials at the end of life.”
RSE Vice President, Research Professor Anne Anderson FRSE, OBE commented:“The RSE’s Research Awards Programme is crucial in supporting Scotland’s vibrant research sector. The outstanding work of these awardees will advance our knowledge, help us to tackle global challenges, and be of benefit to Scottish society. On behalf of the RSE, I applaud them, wish them well in their research endeavours, and thank them for their contributions.”