Dundee student to become Scotland's oldest graduate

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| American Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Students

At 86 years-young, Alex Stewart will become Scotland’s oldest graduate, and possibly one with the most degrees when he graduates from the University of Dundee today. Alex, who left school at 14, did not return to education until the tender age of 65 when he enrolled on the University’s New Opportunities Course through Dundee College in 1995. Over the next decade, he attained five degrees including ones in Philosophy, American Studies and Town & Regional Planning. In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of all three of his sons who also graduated from Dundee. Alex will be presented with hi...

Graduate Claire MacLeary signs two-book deal with Contraband

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Following on from our recent story about the publication success of our creative writing graduate Sandra Ireland, we now have more great news that another graduate, Claire MacLeary, has recently signed a two-book deal with Sara Hunt of Saraband under their Contraband imprint. Claire spoke to us recently about her journey with us and how she came to this exciting point in her career. "I was in Kirsty Gunn's first intake for the then MLitt in Creative writing. I'd always been interested in writing, but diverted for decades by child-rearing and the demands of business interests I'd developed. A Continuing Edu...

Writing Global History and Its challenges

| History, Humanities, Seminars

On Saturday 4th June, the Scottish Centre for Global History hosted a very successful graduate student workshop at the University of Dundee on 'Writing Global History and Its Challenges', exploring a range of methodological issues with respect to Global History.  Graduate students and academic staff from the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and St. Andrews attended the workshop, which was led by Professor Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University (and currently Carnegie Centenary Professor at St. Andrews) and Professor Jürgen Osterhammel of the University of Konstanz (author of the magisteria...

Graduate Sandra Ireland to have her debut novel published by Polygon Books

Sandra Ireland
| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We are delighted to report that our graduate Sandra Ireland will have her debut novel Beneath the Skin published by Polygon Books in September. Sandra’s unsettling and compelling psychological thriller explores the aftermath of trauma, and finding a way to overcome the past. Taking a job in the studio of an Edinburgh taxidermist probably isn’t Walt’s wisest decision. Suffering from combat stress and struggling to outrun the demons from his past, he now finds himself confronted by the undead on a daily basis.  His enigmatic boss, Alys, and her sister, Mouse, have their own uneasy rela...

Graduate Pamela Butchart wins prestigious Children's Book Award 2016

| Creative Writing, Humanities, philosophy, students

We would like to send out our warmest congratulations to ex-student Pamela Butchart, who recently won the Children's Book Award 2016. Pamela teamed up with London-based illustrator Thomas Flintham to create the winning book My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat, following in the footsteps of J.K. Rowling who won the prestigious award in 1997.  The book is a wacky story of a group of kids who decide that their new head teacher is a vampire. The Children's Book Award is the only national award for children's books that is voted for entirely by children themselves, awarded by The Federation of Children's...