Abertay University is a modern university. It is outstanding from other modern universities in Scotland with the best rating in the National Student Survey 2016 and the highest rank for 'research intensity'. It was also the only Scottish institution to be nominated for University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards and is also internationally renowned for the computer games education.
Corinne Jola is the representative of Abertay University’s Dundee Dance Partnership. She is a lecturer in Psychology (PhD) with a background in Dance (MA Choreography). Her research studies the psychological factors involved in dance participation and dance spectatorship (see tiny.cc/Abertay_Jola). She also regularly teaches workshops at the intersection of dance and science and choreographs new works for CoCoDanse (see CoCoDanse.com).
As a partner of Dundee Dance Partnership, Abertay University actively engages in increasing participation in Dance through the activities in Schools by Dundee Academy of Sport, the Abertay Dance Club and through active participation in the audit of dance activities in Dundee. Corinne Jola’s research into the various mental, physical and social benefits of dance in particular aims to help better understand how dance can be utilised as a tool for targeted interventions, enhancing people’s health and wellbeing and giving people the confidence for positive life choices. Abertay University also engages in modern technologies to bring dance to a wider audience (Lynn Parker, School of Arts, Media & Computer Games and Corinne Jola, project EVE-Everybody Moves).
Further, Abertay University provides opportunities for knowledge exchange in the dance sector by hosting presentations of invited external speakers and on occasions also opens up capacities for dance performances or exhibition spaces for example at the Hannah Maclure Centre.