Hitting the books helped author to realise writing dream

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

One of Scotland’s most exciting emerging authors says that her experience as a University of Dundee student prepared her for a new chapter in her life. Having completed her MLitt in Writing Practice and Study in 2014, Sandra Ireland has just released her third novel, The Unmaking of Ellie Rook. Now a tutor within the University’s English department, Carnoustie-based Sandra said that her studies gave her the confidence to embark upon a career as an author. “I was 45 when I started my English and Creative Writing undergraduate course at Dundee,” she said. “I always had a love fo...

Dundee ranked among UK's top 5 for student satisfaction

| Creative Writing, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy, Students

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. Our Humanities subjects also recorded good results in this year's survey, with History and Creative Writing ranking top in Scotland and within the top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction, along with English and Iberian (Spanish) studies also ranking in the top 20 in the UK.  The National Student Survey...

Creatures from the Tay to help explore what it means to be human

| English, Humanities

A hitherto undiscovered civilisation living beneath the River Tay are set to emerge from their aquatic asylum and deliver their verdict on our species when the University of Dundee hosts the UK’s national celebration of the humanities later this year. Dundee has once again been named as one of five hubs for the Being Human festival, which takes place from 14-23 November. The programme will be built around the theme of ‘The Aquatic City’, with events showcasing the range of scholarship at the University. The imaginary civilisation will provide a starting point to explore the relationship b...

Poets pit Scotland's personality against itself

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Some of Scotland’s most famous people, places and products have been pitted against one another as part of a new poetry publication. From Laphroaig versus Buckfast, to Oor Wullie against Black Bob, to Jimmy Shand meeting Jack Bruce, and cullen skink taking on Irn-Bru, the new book Scotia Extremis brings together more than 100 acclaimed Scottish poets to take a sideways look at what makes, and makes up, Scotland. The book is co-edited by Andy Jackson, a poet and medical librarian at the University of Dundee, and Brian Johnstone, founder of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival and wil...

Rail tragedy inspires Hailey's 'Commando' debut

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student who came to Dundee with no experience of writing comics has become one of the first female writers in over 30 years to have a story published in the legendary Commando war comic. Hailey Austin, a PhD student and graduate of the MLitt in Comics and Graphic Novels course at the University of Dundee, has written ‘Steel Inferno’, a fictionalised version of a true World War II story of bravery and sacrifice, which will be published as Commando #5241 tomorrow. Steel Inferno is inspired by the Soham Rail Disaster which took place in the early hours of June 2 1944. As Britain prepar...