Double dose of Dee Con for Dundee

| Humanities, Comics, English

Thousands of costumed characters will provide a colourful welcome to this year’s new University of Dundee students when Dee Con, the city’s largest ‘geek-off’ returns next month. Superheroes, video game stars and anime characters will bring a splash of colour to the city next month when Dee Con will be held as part of the new THIS Festival in the West Ward Works, a former comic printing factory, on Saturday, 9th September. The new intake of almost 3,000 students from around the world will be arriving in Dundee in the week leading up to the event. Dee Con has traditionally been held ...

Prints, portraits, and a red carpet - Dundee's art heritage supports a new generation of artists' work

| Humanities, Students

The legacy of Dundee’s artistic past is supporting outstanding students who are displaying their work at the University of Dundee’s Masters Show this week.  Abi Baikie, Ruaridh Lever-Hogg and Darryl Gowans were this year’s recipients of bursaries from the William S. Phillips’ Fund which helps students of particular talent pursue a Master’s degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. William ‘Willie’ Sangster Phillips was born in Dundee in 1901 and died in 2001 just before his 100th birthday.  Art was close to his heart – Willie’...

No jokers, Dundee wins big at Comic Awards

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

Comics students and alumni from the University of Dundee have won a host of awards at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards, held as part of Glasgow Comic Con. Dundee students past and present had been nominated in all of the categories, and duly picked up a string of successes. The winner of the ‘Up and Coming Talent’ award went to Catriona Laird for her comic `Stinger’. Catriona is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (part of the University), and completed a comics module in 2015. She is now one of the studio members at Ink Pot Studios, which is part of ...

Literary prize success for Dundee graduates

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

University of Dundee creative writing graduate Daniel Shand has won one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for a first novel. Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, has won the Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel Fallow. The prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a first novel of ‘outstanding literary merit’ by an author under the age of 35, was presented at the Society of Authors’ annual ceremony in London. The news comes in the same week that fellow creative writing graduate Claire MacLeary has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime fiction. Fallow (published by Sa...

Dundee student battles the odds for scholarship to New York

| English, Film Studies, Humanities, Students

A University of Dundee student has won a prestigious scholarship that will take her to the United States. Rachel Main, 23, who will receive a first class honours degree in MA English and Film Studies on Friday, 23rd June, is one of just two students to be awarded the annual St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholarship. The $30,000 prize will see Rachel, who thought that she would never be able to travel the world and pursue her love of writing, take up a coveted place on the MFA Dramatic Writing programme at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Rachel, from Glenrothes, became...