• Research Summaries Pack

    We have produced a series of brief summaries of BESiDE Findings and Methods.  These are downloadable and we hope they are useful as a suitable introduction to many key areas of BESiDE work.  They cover both findings which might be applied in the design and management of care home environments and methods which might be useful in these fields and for others engaged in older adult care.


  • Five characteristics of Supportive Care Home Buildings

    Two architectural researchers from the BESiDE team spent many months observing care homes in use.  These observations were notated and submitted to a rigorous process of analysis.  Using the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ as a guide, we observed activities which have the potential to improve resident’s wellbeing.  We studied the interactions with the buildings that set the context for these activities.

  • BESiDE Method for Sensor-Based Analysis of Building Use in Care Homes


    The BESiDE team have developed a system for capturing quantitative data about how older adults utilise the indoor spaces in residential care homes. The system uses sensors and smart devices to collect data about residents’ movement and activities, and was successfully used in multiple studies in a number of homes.

  • A software tool for facilitating focus groups

    Coordinating focus groups with clients, users and other stakeholders can offer valuable insights and can be a key selling point for practices. Running them effectively however can pose challenges:

  • Ecobuild Exhibition & Conference 2017
    Towards Better Environments for Ageing - BESiDE Showcase

    Professional/Trade Conference

    Some researchers from BESiDE were at Ecobuild 2017 showcasing our work and methods.  It's the UK's largest and number one event for specifiers across the built environment.

  • Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change network
    Ageing & mobility in the built environment… stakeholders, have your say!

    A Workshop

    This workshop will share ageing and mobility research with the policy and practice communities. This is an opportunity for you to have your say in how the findings are best presented to ensure this knowledge is used in decision-making.  

  • Computing User Centre Group
    Voice of the User - Working with Care Home Residents

    A Talk

    Marianne Dee was invited to give a short presentation to the Computing User Centre Group at the University of Dundee.

    The User Centre Group is based at the Queen Mother building at the University of Dundee. It works alongside the Computing teaching and research staff from the School of Science and Engineering.  It is a friendly and informal computer club for over 60s - a space where older people and technology meet. 

  • Dundee Smart Care Convention 2017

    Professional/Trade Conference

    Our co-design researchers presented some of their work at Dundee Smart Care Convention at Caird Hall Dundee. Having worked with older adults to customise and redesign wearable sensors to make them more acceptable and appealing for use in everyday life, our researchers showcased sample bespoke wearable designs as well as some design tools that were used to support ideation and creative development.

  • Trellis: A smile is worth a thousand words

    Now that BESiDE researchers have completed their work within the project partner care homes, they asked  to help say thank you to the residents.  Trellis provides therapeutic gardening sessions to help people take care of their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.  In addition gardening can also provide education and training opportunities, not only horticulture skills but life skills, literacy, and numeracy.

  • Care and Dementia Show 2016
    Care in Construction

    Professional/Trade Conference

    BESiDE's Tracy Smith attended the Care in Construction conference in October 2016.  It is a new section within the Care & Dementia Show, the largest established event in the UK for those who provide care for older people.

    This new section is the only one of its kind in the UK to bring together architects, developers, interior designers, specifiers and care operators to discuss and collaborate on all aspects of care related construction projects from conception through to completed build, including full specified kit out.

  • Dundee Design Festival - Insights into Designing Better Care Homes

    Watch this talk recorded live at the Dundee Design Festival

    Dr. Lesley McIntyre delivers a fast, informative talk on how design has the potential to change the way we spend our old age – and how change can be delivered sooner and better. This is followed by a discussion with the audience of local designers on how to motivate change and the barriers faced.

    How can architects and designers change the way we spend our old age?

  • CENSIS 3rd Technology Summit and Conference
    SENSING IN THE CONNECTED WORLD - Sensor-based analysis of building use in elderly residential care

    Professional/Trade Conference

    CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems was described as a game changer for Scotland when it launched in April 2013. It is a catalyst to an already rapidly growing technology market and there are endless opportunities within this emerging global market to develop fundamental changes to benefit society and commercialise sensor lead products over wide market areas.

  • DRS2016
    Design Research Society 2016

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    The Design Research Society 2016 (DRS2016) conference was held in Brighton, UK. A biennial conference organised by the Design Research Society, it is a learned society committed to promoting and developing design research worldwide. Established in 1966 it is the oldest multi-disciplinary society for the international design research community and this year it is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

  • The British Society of Gerontology 45th Annual Conference
    Researching Design for Wellbeing: Ageing and mobility in the built environment

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    Marianne Dee presented for Prof. Vicki Hanson as part of a Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) symposium at the British Society of Gerontology's Annual Conference. Marianne presented BESiDE research findings alongside our LLHW sister projects: Cycle Boom, Mobility, Mood and Place and MyPLACE.  These LLHW projects, including BESiDE, use various methods to investigate how the design of the built environment can facilitate and enable the mobility, physical activity, and connectivity of older people.

  • BESiDE Principal Investigator Elected President of ACM

    BESiDE's Principle Investigator, Prof. Vicki Hanson, has been elected as President of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) for the term July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018.

  • Dundee Design Festival
    Designing Better Care Homes

    A Talk

    How can architects and designers change the way we spend our old age?

    What would you want and NEED if you lived in a care home? – with ground-breaking methods of investigation, the BESiDE project from the University of Dundee are influencing the design of care homes of the future. How easily can you move around, how comfortable is the space, is privacy more important than being connected – and would a dog or your own front door make all the difference?

  • CHI 2016
    Ethical Encounters in Human Computer Interactions

    A Workshop

    CHI (pronounced kai) is a world leading conference for Human-Computer Interaction:  .  CHI is a place for people to see, discuss and learn about the future of how people interact with technology. It attracts researchers, designers and scientists from academy and industry from around the world.

  • Using Affinity Mapping for Grounded Theory Analysis

    Based on the paradigm of Grounded Theory, our aim was to develop concepts/theories that developed inductively from the observation data. In order to make sense and be able to draw out concepts and theories, the data goes through a process of coding. To assist with coding we employed the method of Affinity Mapping.

  • ACM L@S 2016
    Third Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    This conference was created by ACM as a new scholarly venue and key focal point for the review and presentation of the highest quality research on how learning and teaching can change and improve when done at scale.

  • Visitors' experiences of Care Homes

    Visitors have their own unique history and relationship with their resident. They understand the resident’s identity and personality better than anyone and visiting brings a sense of normality adding to the home-like element of care homes. We interviewed 14 care home visitors (11 women and 3 men, aged 65 to 83) about their experience of care home visiting. 8 of the visitors were relatives, 5 were friends and 1 was a volunteer visitor. Overall, they had experience of visiting 30 care homes.

  • Baseline Measure of Physical Activity among Care-Home Residents Captured

    19 Residents from 8 Care Homes wore the GENEActiv accelerometer (a wrist-worn watch like device) for periods of up to 7 days in the daytime. Together they provided valuable information on their levels of physical activity over 124 days, giving 1300 hours of recorded data.

  • Using the Five Ways to Wellbeing to understand the positive potentials of everyday activites in care homes.

    BESiDE's aim is to understand how the built environment in care homes can facilitate physical ability and wellbeing.   We needed to focus our observation study in a way which allows us to highlight times the building affords or hinders opportunities for wellbeing. We ask:

    What are the opportunities for the wellbeing of older people to be supported by the care home building?

  • Parliament Week 2015
    #DoDemocracy Goldsmith: A Changemaker

    An Online Event

    As part of ( a programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with Parliament and democracy) Lesley McIntyre was asked to contribute some of her research on  to be included in a quiz focused on campaigners who were successful change-makers.

  • Age Scotland National Conference
    Quality Matters - a later life in Scotland

    Professional/Trade Conference

    On Wednesday, 16th March 2016, Marianne Dee and Tracy Smith from the BESiDE team attended Age Scotland's annual national conference for stakeholders and inivited guests to explore the theme of Quality of Life in later life. 

  • Digital Rochester
    Intro to User Experience - Ladies Leading UX

    A Talk

    Organizations are investing in User Experience (UX) to strengthen their competitive position. User Experience teams initially focused on Web design and have extended into product development design. In our community, we have a great team of ladies leading UX efforts. We'd like to introduce you to the emerging topic of UX and their experiences launching and leading UX teams.  Dr.

  • SICSA Women in Computing Research WICR-2016
    Computing For Humans

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    SICSA Women in Computing Research (WICR-2016) is the 4th event in the series to be supported by the SICSA modelling and abstraction theme. This is a research and networking event, with focus on engaging with funders and developing research leadership skills. WICR-2016 provides a valuable forum for women to share ideas and benefit from topics that are particularly relevant and tailored to their interest.

  • Capturing the voice of care home residents

    Residents represent the critical link in our research into the built environment of care homes. We have been working on developing empathetic and novel ways to ensure their voice is captured. Empathy is crucial in order to ensure they can easily relate to the context of a conversation we wish to have with them about the nature of their home.  This means not only lightening up the academic processes as much as possible without threatening research ethics, but also developing a way that encourages them to want to talk to us and stay focused on a discussion about the built environment.

  • Dachstuhl Seminars
    Dachstuhl Seminar 15512 - Debating Technologies

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    Schloss Dagstuhl is a distinguished venue, bringing world-class scientists and practitioners together in a series of workshops and seminars to explore cutting edge informatics topics.  BESiDE's Co-Investigator Chris Reed, is at Schloss Dagstuhl contributing to Dachstuhl Seminar 15512 - Debating Technologies. 

  • Curl la Tourelle Design Forum
    Knowledge for Care Home Design, how can we help?

    A Talk

    BESiDE researcher Ian Ruaraidh Harrison was invited to join a meeting of Curl La Tourelle Architect's internal design forum. Ian presented an overview of the BESiDE project and led discussion on priorities in care home design and how knowledge informs architectural design.

  • Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling
    Meaningful Activity for People with Dementia


    Marianne Dee attended a 2 day learning programme to understand the impact of dementia and the principles of person centred care when facilitating activities. The importance of reducing the number of steps in an activity, the need to understand how the environment acts as a prompt  for an activity, e.g., hairdresser in care home has to 'stage a salon' for person with dementia enabling them to act appropriately.

  • Design School
    Dementia Services Development Services


    Lesley McIntyre attended a two day learning programme entitled 'Design School' at the DSDC which brought together care home managers and maintenance staff, architects, interior designers and researchers.

    During the course there was an informative talk about various aspects of design, light, landscape, active workshop sessions and a tour of examples of hospital rooms and bedrooms.

  • Using AEIOU to structure ethnographic observations

    Ethnographic observation methods allow us to capture a narrative of everyday life in a care home. BESiDE researchers have spent many months observing and capturing snippets of activity in care homes in Scotland and England.

  • Dundee City Council - Changing for the Future Programme
    Changing for the Future Programme - Communication Strategy Group


    Dundee City Council, in the process of developing a communication strategy as part of their Changing for the Future Programme, wanted input from current research findings as they were particularly looking at the digital expectations of their customers. 

    Marianne Dee as a representative of  BESiDE was asked to join the group to make a contribution following her previous experience with both the SiDE and BESiDE projects on the accessibility, usefulness and usability of digital communication products and services for older adults.

  • Design for wellbeing
    Innovative research methods for understanding older people's everyday mobility

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    There is wide recognition that the design of the environment can contribute to promoting independent mobility, healthy activity and social engagement among an increasingly older population (MRC, 2010, A strategy for collaborative ageing research in the UK). A growing corpus of research is focusing on how design influences older people’s mobility and how this directly and indirectly impacts wellbeing.

  • European Academy of Design
    The Value of Design Research 2015

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE contributed to this year's European Academy of Design conference, The Value of Design Research, at Paris Descartes 22-24 April 2015.

  • Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    This April, BESiDE contributed to the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors, ''. 

  • SICSA Community Challenge
    Scoping the challenges - large-scale activity data collection from care home environments

    A Workshop

    As part of the , we ran a workshop at the University of Dundee on the 27th May. This one-day workshop was for the community to meet and explore the main challenges, requirements and best practices regarding large-scale activity data collection from care home environments, and to identify relevant questions such a dataset could and should answer.


    10:00 – 10:30 Registration

  • Cafe Science
    Voices from Care Homes: Gathering evidence for better building design

    A Talk

    Dr Lesley Mcintyre gave a public talk as part of the Dundee Cafe Science Series.  

    We are living in an ageing world. This creates lots of design challenges for architects and designers if they are to design a supportive environment. This is really important in Care Home Environments.

  • Translating mood boards into design concepts

    A Workshop

    The BESiDE designers revisited the care home residents they have been working with to develop aesthetic design constraints for wearable carriers by using mood boards to refine their design direction.  

  • Mood Boards and Design Development

    A Workshop

    In follow up to their recent ‘Inspired’ co-design workshop (see Inspired wearables for more details) the designers created personalized mood boards to represent a visual flavour of the conversations they had with each of the residents who had shared their inspirations, likes and dislikes. These mood boards were intended to support these same residents to develop and refine a design narrative for a personalized wearable.

  • Inspired wearables: tapping into hobbies and favourite holidays

    A Workshop

    BESiDE designers met with a new group of residents to lay out their design ideas and interpretations of engaging wearable carriers for the location logging technology. Residents were invited to the session in advance by cards in the post, having been identified as willing and able to participate by care home staff and designers in a previous and informal visit. The invitation cards described the design activity and suggested that residents might like to bring ‘inspirational objects’ with them to aid their design ideation.

  • SiDE User Pool
    Celebration of Contributions to Research

    An Open day

    Around 90 older adults from across Scotland visited the School of Computing at the University of Dundee for a special event to celebrate their work helping researchers to develop more inclusive technologies.

    The Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE) User Pool, based in Dundee and including members across Scotland supported 30 academics to complete 50 research activities over the last five years. The User Pool is comprised of individuals who volunteered to help research into the digital exclusion of older adults and people with disabilities. 

  • SICSA HCI All Hands Meeting

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE researchers Dr Sebastian Stein and Dr Kyle Montague helped identify common research challenges faced by Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)  research projects across Scotland and brainstormed ideas for potential solutions at the on January 19th at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

  • SiDE Showcase
    Introducing BESiDE and our early findings on activity analysis of care home residents

    An Open day

    BESiDE was represented with a demo and information booth at the SiDE Showcase on the 15th of January in the Banqueting Hall of the Newcastle Civics Centre. Sebastian Stein introduced the project to members of the user pool, industry representatives and fellow academics, and received very encouraging feedback. He also presented our latest findings on activity analysis of care home residents.

  • Christmas Crafting with Care Home Residents

    A Workshop

    The design team have been newly introduced to residents at another local care home working with BESiDE project who are interested in participating in our co-design activity and data collection studies.

    As an introductory activity, the design team hosted a Christmas Crafting event in the care home lounge a week before Christmas. Residents were invited to make and decorate Christmas cards and ornaments using festive arts and crafts materials. The design team also brought mince pies and cake to amp up the festive atmosphere.

  • Co-design Workshop in Newcastle - Designers, Technologists & Users create personalised wearables

    A Workshop

    BESiDE designers and technologists visited a local care home in Newcastle to co-design wearable carriers for location logging devices. This home will be the first of our partner care homes to trial these devices in a live five-day study. Having built a relationship with this care home, and its staff and residents,  technologists will be on hand throughout the trial to augment and maintain the technology and wearables whilst being worn. This particular care home specialises in care provision for adults who have learning disabilities or complex communication needs.

  • Digital Economy All Hands Meeting 2014

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE contributed to the Digital Economy All Hands Meeting 2014 'The application of Digital Innovation'.

    The Digital Economy All Hands conference brings together the UK's most innovative thinkers and researchers to share ideas on how to impact society across a range of sectors; including, transport, healthcare, financial services, and the creative industries.

  • RIBA Perspectives in Architecture
    Perspectives on Architecture: Selwyn Goldsmith and the Architectural Model of Disability at the RIBA.

    A Talk

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) often, through their education program, provide a platform for presenting emerging architectural research and debate.  As part of the RIBA Perspectives in Architecture lecture series, Lesley was invited to present her work on Selwyn Goldsmith (funded by an RIBA Research TRUST Award) and give an overview of the research we are currently undertaking within the BESiDE Project. 

    In explaining the aim of such lectures and debates the RIBA state:

  • Prof Vicki Hanson honoured to be included in Pack of Playing Cards

    BESiDE Principal Investigator, Prof Vicki L. Hanson has been included among the many worthy women being celebrated by the Notable Women in Computing Playing cards set.  

    Women have been leaders in computing from the start, but not enough of our contributions are remembered. Keep our history.

  • Prof. Paul Watson recieves Jim Gray eScience Award

    Each year, Microsoft Research presents the Jim Gray eScience Award to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of data-intensive computing. The award—named for Jim Gray, a Technical Fellow for Microsoft Research and a Turing Award winner who disappeared at sea in 2007—recognizes innovators whose work truly makes science easier for scientists.

  • Dundee Science Festival
    Growing Old, Keeping Well: What You Need To Know

    A Talk

    Professor Marion Mcmurdo presented a public talk as part of Dundee Science Festival 2014, to a full 50 seat auditorium at the Dundee Science Centre.  

    Professor Marion McMurdo talked about about living better with arthritis, about managing your medicines, and about maximising your memory in later life.  An experienced hospital consultant specialising in the Medicine of Old Age and head of Ageing and Health at Dundee University, Professor McMurdo gave an informal, interactive talk. 

  • Dr McIntyre on Attendance at ASSETS'14 : The premier research conference on computing and accessibility.​

    Dr Lesley McIntyre has provided us with an account of going to ACM ASSETS 2014. She was one of many members of BESiDE staff at ASSETS 2014.
    Read more about the team's presence at the event here.

    My full technical paper was accepted. I packed my case and off I went to the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, in Rochester, New York. ACM ASSETS'14, the premier research conference on computing and accessibility.

  • ACM
    ASSETS 2014

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE were at ASSETS 2014, to present our work and hear about cutting edge developments in accessibility research. ASSETS is a significant international conference attracting the experts in accessible computing.

    The BESiDE team were be there as part of the School of Computing’s Social Inclusion team who had an exceptionally high acceptance rate this year. BESiDE's Principal Investigator Prof. Vicki Hanson presented the keynote as a consequence of her Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.

  • The Barriers Encountered when Designing Care Homes.

    BESiDE has highlighted a need and an opportunity to enhance the connection between designers of the built environment and the experiences of those living, working and visiting older peoples care homes. 

    To find out more about the process of designing a care home, Lesley started by interviewing designers who work in Architects offices in Scotland. These interviews (10) have started to ‘set the scene’ and have provided insight into the current processes and methods of contemporary design practice focused on designing for the future of the ageing population.

  • Irish Gerontological Society
    Keynote - The Quest for The Holy Grail of Exercise

    A Talk

    Professor Marion McMurdo gave a keynote at the 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontology Society.

    She presented, on 10th of October in Galway, on 'The Quest for The Holy Grail of Exercise'.

  • Platform for data analysis within BESiDE

    Within BESiDE, researchers are using a workflow based approach to analyse the data collected from the sensing devices deployed in the care homes. Accelerometers are being used to measure the physical activity of individual participants within multiple care homes. The participants from the care homes are provided with accelerometers and data is being collected from registered participants across various care homes.

  • COMMA 2014
    Fifth International Conference on Computational Models of Argument

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    The International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2014), the regular forum for presentation and exchange of the latest research results related to computational aspects of argumentation, was held in the Scottish Highlands 9th-12th September, organised by the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee.

  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility

    In recognition of her sustained and wide-ranging contributions including industry, academia, and policy organizations Prof Vicki Hanson has been presented with the SiGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.  

  • Dagstuhl Seminars
    Dagstuhl Seminar 14362 - Augmenting Human Memory

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE's Principal Investigator, Prof Vicki Hanson is at Schloss Dagstuhl contributing to Dagstuhl Seminar 14362 Augmenting Human Memory - Capture and Recall in the Era of Lifelogging.

  • Automated Activity Recognition.

    One of the goals of the BESiDE project is to identify enabling and disabling elements of the built environment. In order to understand, for example, how the built environment impacts on residents' physical activity we need methods and tools to analyze resident movement and behavior in the context of the building they live in.

  • Co-design kit pilot workshop with SiDE User Pool

    A Workshop

    In a co-design workshop at the School of Computing, BESiDE's design team invited members of the SiDE User Pool, who have experience of visiting or working in care homes to trial and discuss a design kit currently under development. This kit comprises of a range of different materials and wearable components for care home residents to use to build wearable carriers for location logging devices that is to their taste and style.

  • SICSA Meetings
    Talk at the SICSA Sensors Meeting

    A Talk

    Mr Sebastian Stein gave a talk at the first SICSA Sensors meeting in a session on user-centric applications for sensors. His talk was on "Multi-modal Recognition of Food Preparation Activities".

  • inSiDE Newsletter highlights BESiDE's use of co-design

    inSiDE, The Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy newsletter, has featured the innovative approach that our BESiDE researchers are using to develop wearable technology for use by care home residents.  inSiDE's article describes the co-design methods our design researches are using.

  • Indoor Location: Ground Truth

    The BESIDE project is building an understanding of the behaviour of residents in care homes. Part of this understanding requires a record of the location of residents as they move around the care home. The BESIDE team are investigating various technologies to provide this indoor location, but how do we evaluate the accuracy of these technologies? Some method of comparing the location data with a known "ground truth" is required.

  • Physical activity in later life: every little helps

    It is well known that physical activity has many health benefits at all ages. And that being inactive adds to many chronic health problems like diabetes and heart disease.

  • Voice of the Users: Valuing Visitors to Care Homes

    Following interviews with visitors to care homes, we wondered how the people working in care homes view care home visitors.

  • Care Home Physical Activity Study Has Started

    This exciting phase of the BESiDE Research project has commenced in Tayside Care Homes.

    Consented Residents have been wearing a wrist worn device called a GENEActiv which records the movements of the wearer whilst they go about their normal daily activities.

    This information when merged with observations about where in the building activities like walking takes place, and social interactions like spending time with fellow residents, staff and family and friends, will provide new insights in a research area where little is known.

  • Government Office for Science Foresight project 'Analysing the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society'
    Digital Connectivity for Older People: Roundtable Event

    A Workshop

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Government Office for Science (GO Science) jointly organised a roundtable event in Westminster on July 16th 2014. The event will form part of and feed into the ongoing Government Office for Science Foresight project on 'Analysing the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society'.

  • First trials of BESiDE Indoor Location Sensor

    The BESiDE technology team developed a sensing and information management infrastructure for recording location and activity data. Devices were customised to monitor the location and activity of residents inside care homes. To solve the problem of getting accurate location information, the application of two different technologies: WiFi and Bluetooth were considered.  We ruled out ultrasound due to the limiting factors of size and battery requirements.

  • Wearables and Wearability: Care home residents tell us about their style preferences

    The BESiDE design team visited a local care home who are working with the research project last week to host a co-design workshop. A small group of residents were invited to meet with the team in a design session where they could critique and customize ‘pouch’ designs that could hold location based sensors. The prototype designs were created to include residents’ initial advice from a previous visit as to preferred colours, textures and patterns.

  • Prof Vicki Hanson Elected Vice-President ACM

    Our Principle Investigator, Prof. Vicki Hanson, has taken up office as Vice-President of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).

    ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.  It delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

  • Triennial Conference Royal College Physicians Surgeons of Glasgow
    Advancing Excellence in Healthcare 2014

    Professional/Trade Conference

    Advancing Excellence in Healthcare is the flagship international triennial conference of the . Nine symposia running in parallel over two days covered the broad themes of medicine, surgery, dentistry, travel medicine, podiatric medicine and history of medicine. The conference also hosted the annual Glasgow Lung Conference and symposia by the University of Glasgow and Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. 

  • Spotlight on BESiDE Research Assistant: Sara Nevay

    Sara is a Research Assistant within the BESiDE  project team.   She is a trained textile designer with a Masters in Design for Services from University of Dundee. She combines the skills of crafting by hand and service design methodologies, to identify and address design problems with people who use, deliver and commission services.

    “BESiDE looks at the built environment and the ways that it can enable and disable older adults. We do this by working with architects and designers to develop tools to meet the needs of elderly people.

  • Research Impact workshop with Inndie Ventures

    A Workshop

    Supported by the SiDE Hub, Inndie Ventures hosted a Research Impact workshop for the BESiDE team.

    The purpose of the workshop was to consider how the research undertaken in the BESiDE project could be utilised to have ‘policy impact’. One of the original impact aims for the BESiDE project was to inform policy as to how built environments can facilitate increased well-being in old people. 

  • Winning research confirms link between built environment & wellbeing

    At Ecobuild last week, BRE and UBM Built Environment announced Dr Lesley Mcintyre among the winners of the research paper competition called to investigate the intrinsic link between buildings and the wellbeing of those who occupy them.

  • BRE Designing for Wellbeing
    BiTKIT [Building Interactions ToolKit] introduced by Dr Mcintyre at the BRE Designing for Wellbeing workshop at Ecobuild 2014

    A Talk

    Dr Mcintyre was awarded best non-domestic paper by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for her paper entitled 'A Case Study of BIT-Kit: A Method Uncovering the Impact buildings have on People' which she presented on 4th March 2014 at 'EcoBuild 2014', ExCeL, London.

  • Research Assistant explores how Architecture can enable and disable

    Dr Lesley McIntyre was interviewed about her role in computing, her expertise in architecture and her passion for technology in her role as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the School of Computing.

  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Showcase
    The Architect, the Built Environment and the Ageing Population: We need a better connection with the design needs of older people

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    In designing a supportive built environment that encompasses, inclusion, wellbeing, independence and mobility, Architects encounter key challenges as they try to connect with the requirements of an ageing population. Within the context of the BESiDE project (which investigates how older people can be better supported by the built environment of care homes) we examine how Architecture is preparing for the needs of an ageing population.

  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Showcase
    Findings on the built environment of care homes from interviews with visitors to care homes.

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    A graphic visualisation of a visitor's journey through a care home. Visitors are important to care home residents, bringing them news from the outside world and linking back to a resident's previous life and identity. This is recognised as being important to the resident and helpful for the care staff looking after the resident.This presentation illustrates early findings from interviews with care home visitors as they identified areas of the built environment that support their visit and aspects which make them feel uncomfortable.

  • 'When HCI meets Architecture' at Rochester Institute of Technology.

    A Talk

    Lesley was invited to present to The University of Rochester HCI Seminar which is a joint colloquium of HCI researchers from the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Lesley presented SiDE and our research projects, introduced her PhD research and explained how the methods developed in this work led her, an architectural researcher, to working within the field of HCI.

  • 'When HCI meets Architecture' at the IDEA Centre, University at Buffalo, NY.

    A Talk

    Lesley was invited to present to the IDEA Centre (Centre for inclusive design and environmental access), ISE (Industrial and Systems Engineering) and the Rehab Sciences Department in Buffalo, NY.

    Lesley presented SiDE and our research projects, introduced her PhD research and explained how the methods developed in this work led her, an architectural researcher, to working within the field of HCI.

  • Dundee care home initiative nets 1.3m funding.

    Dundee care home initiative nets £1.3m funding. Urban Realm. Urban Realm LTD. Glasgow. 04/09/2013. An initiative led by the University of Dundee, in partnership with Collective Architecture, to improve the design of care homes has received £1.3m of funding from The Built Environment for Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy.

  • Dundee Universitys 1.3m could help elderly.

    Liddle, A. Dundee University’s £1.3m could help elderly. The Courier. DC Thompson. Dundee. 04/09/2013.


    Over 5,000 people are to contribute their views, experiences and even their brain wave patterns to help shape the future design of our towns, cities and care homes so they meet the needs of older people.

  • Dundee shares in 8m design funding boost.

    University of Dundee-led initiative which aims to change the design of care homes to enhance the lives of older people is among seven projects sharing £8million of funding from three of the UK's research councils.