15 Jul 2019

Tiffany designs genderless glasses for Specsavers

A spec-savvy student from the University of Dundee has designed three pairs of gender-neutral glasses for Specsavers. Product Design student Tiffany Bachelet, who had never designed glasses before entering the Specsavers competition, says her collection should satisfy fashionistas of all genders. “I really want my glasses to be for everyone, not gender specific,” the 22 year-old said. “If you like the glasses, you should wear them and not worry about any social constraints. I didn’t want to restrict options people have because as someone who is short-sighted I know how frustrat...

8 Jul 2019

Dundee ranked among UK’s top 5 for student satisfaction

The University of Dundee has been ranked 4th among UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90%, up 2% on the 2018 result and well above the sector average of 84%, and was ranked 2nd in Scotland. The National Student Survey is a census of nearly half a million students undertaken independently by Ipsos MORI and evaluates how satisfied students are with the quality of their higher education experience. Dundee’s rankings relate to non-specialist universities across the UK. The survey asks full-time f...

28 Jun 2019

Can ‘Art at the Start’ improve a child’s wellbeing?

Babies and toddlers can aid science and brush up on their painting skills as part of a major University of Dundee study. Vicky Armstrong, a PhD researcher at the University’s MiniMeLab, is calling on parents from across Scotland to help her explore the links between art and a child’s ability to develop relationships. The art psychotherapist from Aberdeenshire is seeking parents and children to participate in Art at the Start, a project that is charting how participation in creative play assists with social wellbeing in youngsters. Hosted in conjunction with Dundee Contemporary Ar...

21 Jun 2019

Dundee graduate takes centre stage at Scotland’s biggest film festival

A University of Dundee graduate will receive the red carpet treatment next week as her latest movie is showcased at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). Scottish-Chinese filmmaker Sophia Shek says that hosting the international premiere of her latest release, Go Back to China, in the capital is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Having graduated from Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1999, Sophia has gone on to work on some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises and said that her University experience has played a huge role in setting the scene for her f...

17 Jun 2019

Fellow mother’s academic success inspires graduand Iliana

All parents returning to education face additional challenges so when Iliana Francia-Elliott found out she was pregnant with her second child partway through her studies she knew she had a major decision to make. Iliana will receive a First Class Honours Art & Philosophy degree on Wednesday, the first day of this year’s University of Dundee summer Graduation ceremonies. The event comes less than three years since she and her partner Jim learned they were to be parents again. Knowing how demanding newborns are and the pressure she was already under balancing her responsibilities as mother to Kayl...