November 2020

Welcome to November's edition of Communitay.

Konglomerate Games has won Santander Entrepreneurship Award

Konglomerate Games, a start-up company consisting of recent graduates, has won top prize of £30,000 at the 2020 annual Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Run by Jamie Bankhead, Konglomerate Games specialises in developing healthcare games to improve lives. A huge congratulations to Jamie and the team for their amazing achievement!


Read more about the competition

Sam Gainty from Konglomerate Games playing Archipelayo

Scotland's Carribean slavery connections

Professor Sir Geoff Palmer became Scotland's first Black professor in 1989. He was knighted in 2014, and received an Honorary degree from Abertay in 2009. He wrote an incredibly interesting article for us to mark the beginning of this year's Black History Month.


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Professor Sir Geoff Palmer

Go Gym launches in lockdown

Concerned for the health and wellbeing of others during lockdown, Valerie Duguid launched online fitness hub, GO Gym. GO Gym provides high-quality tailored exercise and nutritional programmes for everyone, from fitness fanatics to those suffering from chronic illnesses.  

Visit the GO Gym website

Helping to design something out of this world

As Creative Technologist at Seymourpowell, Jack Gullen has been using virtual and augmented reality to help design the interior the world's first commercial spaceship for Virgin Galactic. With the help of this incredible technology, not even a global pandemic could delay Virgin Galactic's global launch. 

See inside the spaceship

Lowdown from the Campus 


Abertay and Verdant Works online jute exhibition launches
The exhibition looks at the University's connection with the historic jute industry

Researchers recover 75,000 'deleted' files from pre-owned USB drives
Tax returns, CVs and bank statements were among the files retired

Research project provides insight into golfer lockdown habits
Golfers found creative ways to practise during the early days of the COVID pandemic

Innovative project to use games technology to develop perfect potato
Artificial intelligence will be used in an innovative project

InGAME announces two new R&D Collaborations
EvoRevo and Game Doctor will receive support from teh InGAME R&D Centre



Blogs from staff and students

RESEARCH BLOG: Surprises from seals

PhD student Lauren Arkoosh blogs about her research

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A photo of India Lyall

STUDENT BLOG: World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Nursing student India Lyall blogs about the importance of good mental health ahead of World Mental Health Day

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Virtually mentor one of our fantastic students

If you're interested in becoming a virtual mentor to one of our students, we'd love to hear from you!

The Abertay Career Mentoring Scheme aims to support and inspire students to develop their employability. Students are matched with professionals in industry who, through a mentoring relationship, will share their knowledge and experience to enable students to develop their own career goals. This opportunity is open to all. If you interested in taking part or learning more, please do get in touchClosing date for enquiries is this Friday 2nd October. 

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Visit our online Game Dev Masters Show

The Abertay Game Dev Masters Show 2020 has now launched online, giving you the opportunity to play games developed by our talented Masters students.

Visit the show to experience their work, and to hear about how they collaborated to create their interactive projects... it's completely free!

Take part in our Memories Preservation Project

Abertay University Archives is making a call for people’s memories of the university and its predecessor institutions as part of its new project “Memories Re-Animated”.

It is collecting memories of the history of the institution through a newly designed portal that will allow members of the public to submit video or audio recordings of their stories about the university, and anything else they might have relating to it such as images of photographs. Their memories will become part of a project to expand historical knowledge about the university through the voices of the people that were part of it, and provide the community that it has served with an opportunity to add to its archive collections.

Read more about how to get involved in the project. 


We're teaming up with the Royal Academy of Engineering to support their global campaign #bethedifference and change the perceptions of young people around the world as to what engineering is and what engineers do. 

'This is Engineering Day' is taking place on 4th November this year, and we'd love to share the career stories of our graduates who are currently working in ANY engineering discipline. That's right - whether you're an on-site construction manager or an audio engineer, we would absolutely love your support with this. 

Get in touch to learn more about taking part.




Competitions and Funding


The Study UK Alumni Awards

The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni who are living outside the UK, are leaders in their fields and are using their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

With many of graduates achieving exceptional things abroad, we're encouraging that eligible Alumni consider submitting an application. 

There are 3 award categories this year:

  • Professional Achievement Award
  • Entrepreneurial Award
  • Social Impact Award

Entering the awards would provide you the opportunity to raise your international profile and build your professional networks and business connections. 

The closing date for applications is 30th October. Visit the Study UK website to find out more. 


Until next time,


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