`Thankerton Man’ face revealed at Biggar Museum

The face of a young man dating from the Copper Age, whose skeleton was discovered at Boatbridge Quarry in Thankerton, has been recreated by experts at the University of Dundee. The face of Thankerton Man is on show to the public at the newly opened Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum. His skeleton was found in a stone cist at Boatbridge Quarry, Thankerton in 1970. He was unusually tall, thought to be aged between 18 and 25, and found lying in a crouched position. The remains were radiocarbon dated to between 2460BC and 2140BC. The cist contained a finely-decorated Beaker which had held food or drink for t...

Fleet work gives Dundee graduate a window on Edinburgh

If you happen to be in Edinburgh before the end of August, walk along Princes Street, glance at Edinburgh’s prestigious Jenners department store and you can be forgiven for thinking of a saga of land, sea and sky of the far North. Ten of the large windows in Jenners are alive with original art and jewellery from Orkney. Waves sweep and curl and the land stretches below a long blue sky of clouds into a sunset of glowing red colours. Look closer and you’ll see the Old Man of Hoy, Orkney’s famous monuments... and a Workshop by the sea. Orkney’s well-known jewellery designer, Sheila Fle...

Records broken at 23rd Summer School

A summer of hard work ended this week for a record breaking 170 students who graduated from the DUAL and OSS Access Summer Schools at the University of Dundee. The University’s Summer School programme is now in its 23rd year, having first been offered in 1993 as a means of encouraging able students from all backgrounds and circumstances to prove their ability to qualify for study through a special targeted course. Since then, around 2000 students from a diverse range of backgrounds have taken part. Whilst some arrive having just left school, others are making a return to study, including talented can...

Peto Collection in focus at the Scottish Parliament

Unseen photographs of some of the world’s most iconic figures – including Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill and Indira Gandhi – taken from the University of Dundee’s Michael Peto Collection are going on show at the Scottish Parliament this summer. `Michael Peto: Politics in Focus’ includes photographs by Michael Peto – the celebrated Hungarian-born photographer who witnessed some of the most historic moments of the 1950s and 1960s.  The exhibition includes a number of unseen photographs of some of the world’s most iconic figures.  People who have shaped a...

Immune system ‘on switch’ breakthrough could lead to new targeted drugs

A crucial ‘on switch’ that boosts the body’s defences against infections has been successfully identified in new scientific research. The breakthrough made by researchers at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee could lead to the development of new drugs to enhance the body’s immune responses to attack, which could benefit people suffering from cancer and other serious conditions. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Molecular and Cell Biology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26063615. “We have shown that the cells which turn on our immune r...