Sciences, Humanities and Arts Research Exchange (SHARE)

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Science, Humanities, and Arts Research Exchange (SHARE)

SHARE is an initiative to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations between academic staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of St Andrews. We seek to identify staff at each institution who are interested in interdisciplinary collaborations, to make introductions between RCS and St Andrews staff with overlapping interests, to support the development of any collaborative interdisciplinary projects that should arise, and to act as a hub for sharing the development and outcomes of these projects. We also support interdisciplinary collaborations between RCS and St Andrews students, and interdisciplinary PhD students co-supervised by RCS and St Andrews academic staff. Long-term plans also include interdisciplinary research workshops, conferences, and retreats.

Please contact Dr Emily Doolittle ( at RCS or Dr Ines Jentzsch ( at St Andrews with any further questions.


Current Projects

First RCS/St Andrews Interdisciplinary Mini-Symposium
November 21, 10:30-5:30, location and details TBA. Please contact Emily Doolittle or Ines Jentzsch for further information or to register.

Interdisciplinary PhD Students:
‘Consider the subtleness of the sea’: An interdisciplinary music-science investigation into humpback whale song. PhD student Alex South, co-supervised by Luke Rendell and Ellen Garland (St Andrews) and Emily Doolittle (RCS)

Exploring the Relationship between Imitation and Dance. PhD student TBA, co-supervised by Kevin Laland (St Andrews) and Laura Gonzalez (RCS)

Enhancing Performance Quality and Resilience in Musicians through Biofeedback. PhD student Claire Ruckert, co-supervised by Ines Jentzsch (St Andrews) and Rachel Drury (RCS)

RCS/St Andrews Student Collaborations
Biomusic: A collaborative concert and discussion with RCS masters and PhD composition students, St Andrews PhD biology students, interdisciplinary doctoral student Alex South (RCS/St Andrews), the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Bede Williams (St Andrews), Emily Doolittle (RCS), and others. Concert on November 13, details TBA.

Sounding Out Astronomy: A collaborative concert and discussion between RCS masters composition students and St Andrews MSc physics students, organized by Anne-Marie Weijmans (St Andrews), with Bede Williams (St Andrews), Oliver Searle (RCS) and Emily Doolittle (RCS) 

RCS/St Andrews Academic Staff Collaborations:
‘James MacMillan’s Changing Musical ‘Translations’ of the Passion Narrative’:  Richard McGregor (RCS), Research Seminar at ITIA (St Andrews)

Conversation: A piece based on grey seal vocalisations by Emily Doolittle (RCS), based on poetry by Eleonore Schönmaier and grey seal research by Vincent Janik (St Andrews), conducted by Bede Williams (St Andrews) and performed by the St Andrews New Music Ensemble


Places to Apply for Funding
RCS and St Andrews

Travel bursaries: The Department of Research and Knowledge Exchange may provide travel bursaries for RCS staff travelling to St Andrews to meet with collaborators. Please contact Dr John De Simone ( ) for further information.

Athenaeum Research Awards: SHARE participants can apply for up to £3000 of funding for their projects. Please contact Dr John De Simone ( ) for further information.

St Leonard’s Interdisciplinary Scholarships: PhD projects co-supervised by RCS and St Andrews academic staff are eligible for consideration. 


We are compiling a growing database of external funding sources for interdisciplinary projects (please let us know if there are any we are missing!). Members of the RKE team will be happy to provide feedback as you write your grant applications.

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Culture and Animals Foundation

Wellcome Trust

The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow

Royal Society of Edinburgh (small grants)

SGSAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

APEX Awards