Gary Kerr

gary kerr

Dr Gary Kerr JP BSc (Hons) MSc (Med Sci) PhD PhD FRSA FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Gary Kerr is a Lecturer in Festival & Event Management within the Tourism & Languages Subject Group of Edinburgh Napier University Business School. Gary is an enthusiastic teacher, researcher, trainer and practitioner in the festival and events industry.


RESEARCH
- With two PhDs - one in biological sciences and another in critical event studies with science communication - Gary is an experienced researcher with expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches
- Principal Investigator of a multidisciplinary research team (including a colleague from the School of Health & Social Care) who are researching how festivals, events, visitor attractions and cultural venues can become more accessible for people living with dementia
- In Gary’s second PhD, he interviewed over 30 science festival directors to examine the business and management dimensions of science festivals, using approaches from critical event studies and science communication theory: the first study of its kind to examine science festivals from a critical events perspective
- Undertakes pedagogical research on the use of social media within higher education to facilitate and support student learning and engagement
- Formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (Nairobi, Kenya), where he researched social and cultural dimensions within the business value chain of a new sustainable cooking technology (supported by Global Development Academy)


COMMERCIAL TRAINING
- Design and deliver bespoke international festival management, science communication and public engagement training courses for a number of diverse clients across academia, business and charity sectors
- Project Lead/Principal Investigator on various contracts awarded by the British Council to deliver ‘Festival Academies’ in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman
- Project Lead/Principal Investigator of the India Festival Academy (online) delivered in partnership with the British Council (beginners, intermediate, and advanced level), generating significant commerical income
- Line Manager to 3 Associate Staff Members who help deliver commercial activity (Festival Academies)
- Delivered a festival management course at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
- With colleagues, designed and delivered a festival management summer school for students from Edith Cowan University in Australia
- Delivered science communication training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Visit over 20 universities each year across the United Arab Emirates to train students on science communication, presenting and festival skills
- Academic skills trainer on social media and digital skills for researchers, communication skills and presenting skills


PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
- Actively a practitioner within festival and events industry: generating commercial income; enhancing the curriculum; creating practice-based volunteering and employment opportunities for students
- Retains and develops practical skills through undertaking roles in industry such as Venue Manager, Event Manager, Staff Manager, Production Coordinator and Creative Producer
- Evidence of bringing practical experience into the classroom and enhancing curricula, bridging theory with practice and enhancing engagement with employers and industry through creating guest lectures with industry partners

Recent examples of professional practice roles:
- External Evaluator, Cheltenham Festivals
- Guest Curator of the GCHQ CyberZone at Cheltenham Science Festival
- Content Quality Controller, Innovator Festival, UAE
- Stage Manager, Olympic & Paralympic Homecoming Parade, Manchester
- Local Content Producer and Manager, Abu Dhabi Science Festival


LEARNING & TEACHING
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice (PGCert LTAP)
- Personal Development Tutor to two colleagues undertaking PGCert LTAP
- Personal Development Tutor to 106 undergraduate students
- Year 2 Tutor for Tourism, Hospitality, Festival & Event Management suite of programmes
- Academic Tutor to students on Work-Based Learning (placement)
- Facilitator and Academic Tutor on the Employability Skills Programme
- Module Leader of ‘Planning & Public Policy for Festival and Events’ (Level 9) delivered in Edinburgh and to transnational education partners in Hong Kong and Singapore
- Module Leader of ‘Business Skills for Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management’ (Level 11)
- Contribute to teaching on the following modules ‘Business of Festivals and Events’ (Level 7); ‘Festival & Event Design and Delivery’ (Level 8); ‘Event Management’ (Level 8); and ‘Contemporary Issues in Festival & Event Management’ (Level 11).
- Dissertation supervisor to students at Levels 10 and 11 (Honours year and Masters level)
- Formerly Module Leader (parental cover) for ‘Festival & Event Impacts and Sustainability (Level 10) and for ‘International Festival & Event Environments’ (Level 10)


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
- Member of the Working Group for Public Engagement Journal Club at the Scottish Public Engagement Network (ScotPEN)
- Internal Public Engagement Funding to run an event for people living with dementia to discuss research on festivals, events and accessibility
- Panel discussions at various festivals
- Creative Producer of festival and events, working with academics to engage festival and event attendees with their research
- Deliver training courses on public engagement to external partners


POLICY ENGAGEMENT
- Academic Framework Member - providing Covid-19 ad-hoc research and consultancy - to Scottish Parliament
- Steering Group Member of the Scottish Parliament's Citizen's Assembly on Covid-19
- Member of the Panel of Experts on Science Communication at the European Parliament
- Authored article for Union of Concerned Scientists (USA) on how academics can engage effectively with policymakers in light of Covid-19
- Authored two research reports for the Scottish Parliament


INTERNAL ENGAGEMENT
- Marketing and Student Recruitment Lead for Tourism & Languages Subject Group
- Member of the University Researcher Development Concordat Steering Group
- Staff Member of the University Armed Forces Network


EXTERNAL APPOINTMENTS
- Justice of the Peace (Magistrate)
- Independent Prisons Monitor for the Scottish Government
- Chair of the Board of Trustees at Sonic Bothy - an inclusive music organisation for musicians with and without additional learning needs to explore, compose and perform contemporary music
- Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland

Research Groups

News

Events

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Session Chair "Dementia Research: Social and Biological", Dementia Conference, University of Salford
  • Session Chair "Prince, Gender and Sexuality", Purple Reign Conference, MediaCityUK

 

Editorial Activity

  • Review Editor (Sport, Leisure and Tourism), Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
  • Senior Advisor (Business Strategy), Journal of Science Policy & Governance
  • Chief Operations and International Officer, Journal of Science Policy & Governance
  • Director of Operations and International Outreach, Journal of Science Policy & Governance
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Science Policy & Governance
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Science Policy and Governance

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Council Cultural Relations Collection Essay Prize for 2020
  • Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland
  • Winner of Researcher Development Video Competition, University of Salford
  • Winner of 3MT (3-minute thesis) competition, University of Salford
  • Winner of Best Presentation Prize - Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference
  • Fellowship of the Ettore Majorana Centre and Foundation for Scientific Culture, Italy
  • Competitor and Ceremonal Mayor's Representative of the City of Salford, European Doctoral Olympic Games, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Winner of Best Poster Prize, Graduate School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts
  • RCUK-funded Science Policy Fellowship for policy engagement at the Scottish Parliament
  • Winner of the Best Doctoral Student Presentation Prize, British Meiosis Conference, Leicester

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • External Panel Member - National Events Programme, EventScotland

 

Media Activity

  • School of News Ltd Training Course "Media for Academics" at MediaCityUK
  • Guest Presenter, BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire Sunday Science Show

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Governor, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Governor, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Show at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016
  • MC/Host, BBC The Clangers, BlueDot Festival 2016
  • Show at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 

Visiting Positions

  • Judge for 3MT (3-minute thesis) competition, Universitiy of Edinburgh
  • Judge for 3MT (3-minute thesis) competition, University of Salford
  • Visiting Professorial Teaching Fellowship, University of Warwick
  • Judge for National Debating Matters Competition (Secondary Schools)
  • Guest Lecturer, Duncan Guthrie Institute, University of Glasgow

 

Date


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The ‘Senses Framework’: A relationship-centred approach to co-producing dementia events in order to allow people to live well after a dementia diagnosis

Journal Article
Stewart, H., Ali-Knight, J., Stephen, S., & Kerr, G. (in press)
The ‘Senses Framework’: A relationship-centred approach to co-producing dementia events in order to allow people to live well after a dementia diagnosis. Event Management,
Dementia is a progressive disorder that affects how the brain works, and in particular the ability to remember, think and reason. It affects speech, mood, mobility, behavior a...

FameLab, cultural relations and 'going virtual' at the time of a pandemic

Report
Kerr, G. (in press)
FameLab, cultural relations and 'going virtual' at the time of a pandemic. https://www.britishcouncil.org/research-policy-insight/research-series/cultural-relations: British Council
EDITOR'S NOTES This contribution by Gary Kerr, taking the example of one of the British Council’s flagship partnership programmes – FameLab – covers the notion and nature of s...

Four shades of science festival: a qualitative study exploring the business and management dimensions of science festivals in the United Kingdom

Thesis
Kerr, G. Four shades of science festival: a qualitative study exploring the business and management dimensions of science festivals in the United Kingdom. (Thesis)
University of Salford. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2725841
Science festivals are a global cultural phenomenon with at least 60 such festivals taking place across the UK every year. Science festivals fulfil a unique function within civ...

TikTok as a tool for providing pastoral and academic support to student

Presentation / Conference
Kerr, G. (2020, December)
TikTok as a tool for providing pastoral and academic support to student. Presented at Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Annual Conference, University of Strathclyde [Online]
This presentation explores TikTok as a platform for personal tutors in the higher education setting to provide pastoral and academic support to students. Young people are incr...

Dog filters & flower crowns: Using Snapchat as a Pedagogical Tool in Higher Education

Journal Article
Kerr, G., & Faulkner, S. (2020)
Dog filters & flower crowns: Using Snapchat as a Pedagogical Tool in Higher Education. Journal of Social Media for Learning, 1(1), 147-157. https://doi.org/10.24377/LJMU.jsml.vol1article393
Academics overwhelmingly value social media as a tool for enhancing student learning (Moran et al, 2011). Generally, academics use information technologies and social media to...

Transforming India socially, culturally, economically, environmentally and politically through science festivals (Keynote Lecture)

Presentation / Conference
Kerr, G. (2020, October)
Transforming India socially, culturally, economically, environmentally and politically through science festivals (Keynote Lecture). Presented at India International Science Festival, Lucknow, India

Policy During a Pandemic: How to Make Research Accessible for Policymakers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Other
Kerr, G., & Heath, E. (2020)
Policy During a Pandemic: How to Make Research Accessible for Policymakers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. https://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/how-to-make-research-accessible-for-policymakers-during-covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of effective science communication – in particular, the vital importance of making research accessible for policymakers. H...

Giving a voice to students & early career researchers in international science policy and diplomacy in the post-truth era

Other
Kerr, G., & Mauduit, J. (2019)
Giving a voice to students & early career researchers in international science policy and diplomacy in the post-truth era. https://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/giving-a-voice-to-students-and-researchers-in-international-science-policy-and-diplomacy

GCHQ Cyber Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival (Curator)

Exhibition / Performance
Kerr, G. GCHQ Cyber Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival (Curator)
[https://issuu.com/cheltenhamfestivals/docs/science_festival_2019_brochure]. 4 June 2019 - 9 June 2019. (Unpublished
Step into a fascinating digital world…come into the GCHQ Cyber Zone and see what it’s like to be a code cracker, ethical hacker and cyber security expert. Escape to cyber spac...

Digital Skills Development : Effective digital profiles for researchers

Book
Kerr, G., Worsley, H., & Whitnall, D. (2018)
Digital Skills Development : Effective digital profiles for researchers
We are living in a digital era where the majority of people spend a vast amount of time on social media. So as academics it is important that we access this digital world and ...

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