Universal executives share music technology experiences with students

05 May 2015

Dr Gianna Cassidy

Dr Gianna Cassidy

Universal Music UK's Commercial Division Managing Director Brian Rose is among the top Universal Music executives visiting Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) this week.

Universal Music is the UK’s leading music company and home to artists from Take That and Florence + The Machine to The Rolling Stones.

Mr Rose will join Marc Robinson, Managing Director of Globe, Creative & Commercial, Morna Cook, Senior Director of HR, and Laura Monks, Director of Digital & Commercial Partnerships at Decca, on campus for an informal workshop about the importance of music with the students and school pupils involved in Project Raintown.

Raintown is a project involving the co-creation of digital applications with the theme of music for wellbeing throughout the lifespan.

Supported by the Celtic FC Foundation, the project involves the 10 Learning Communities in Glasgow’s East End and focuses on compiling playlists and producing apps in collaboration with experts across the UK around the concept of music and health with a community value, to make a meaningful difference to young people’s aspirations for employment and further education.

These opportunities are being made available to benefit both GCU students and school pupils through expert mentoring, workshops and volunteering opportunities.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, who has been supportive of the project since its launch, said: “Understanding technology is the future for our children and collaborations like this with Glasgow Caledonian University and partners is a really exciting way to engage young people in a meaningful way in subjects that really interest them – music and technology.”

The project is being led by Dr Gianna Cassidy, Music Psychologist, and Dr Morag Ferguson, Assistant Head of Strategy for Learning and Digital Futures, both from the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 6.