I am now a stand-up comedian

That’s something I never thought I would say – “I am a stand-up comedian”. Well, as of the evening of December 18th 2012, it’s true!

As an outreach veteran, I was convinced (rather easily) to take part in Bright Club Dundee. This was outreach like I have never experienced before. Not to worry though, training was provided beforehand, rehearsals were had, and despite my nerves on the night, I was happy with the results. Watch my debut performance below.

Bright Club Dundee is a public engagement opportunity like no other! Researchers are given training in the art of stand-up before being let loose on the public at regular stand-up shows. You need no previous experience to give it a go. You might be surprised by just how much fun it is.

Anyone interested in joining the exclusive list of Bright Club performers should contact Jon Urch (brightclubdundee@gmail.com). Alternatively, I am happy to put you in touch with the right people to make it happen. You could also go along to a performance to see what it’s all about. Check out http://brightclubdundee.org, or http//www.facebook.com/BrightClubDundee for information on tickets.

Fellows Scheme for Early Career Researchers

The University of Dundee has just announced a Fellows Scheme for early career researchers, http://www.dundee.ac.uk/dundeefellows/  There is specific interest is several research themes, including social inclusion:

Informatics for Social Inclusion encompasses diverse themes in Computing, all of which are united by the common thread that being human provides everyone with a special bond – a bond that technology can facilitate. We take social inclusion seriously, emphasizing that technology design should consider not just those who are early adopters of technology, but also those who through age or disability may have difficulty using technology. In addition, we consider the important role that technology can play in enabling enhanced quality of life through the use of technology supports.  For more information, seehttp://www.dundee.ac.uk/dundeefellows/schemeresearchthemes/

If you have additional questions, you can write either to Vicki Hanson, vlh@computing.dundee.ac.uk, or Annalu Waller, awaller@computing.dundee.ac.uk