Dundee strikes gold in Teaching Excellence Framework

| English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF was introduced by the UK Government to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching. The ranking places Dundee among an elite group of British universities licensed to use the TEF Gold Award for the next three years. “The award of TEF Gold is an excellent result which highlights the quality of learning, teaching and the student experience that we offer at Dundee,” said Professor Karl Leydecker, Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching),...

Triumphant return for student awarded Fellowship in USA

| English, Humanities, Students

Lauren Christie, a current PhD student in the School of Humanities, has recently returned from the USA where she undertook a prestigious fellowship. Lauren began her PhD in English at the University of Dundee in January 2017 under the supervision of Dr Daniel Cook, an expert on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. She then received the Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship at Kent State University, and has spent her time immersed in the rich and diverse collections at the Reinberger Children's Library Centre there. Her research examines the relationship betw...

Exclusive - DURA previews international essay prize short list

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

The University of Dundee has been given exclusive access to the Notting Hill Editions 2017 Essay Prize Short List for its online magazine Dundee University Review of the Arts (DURA). Excerpts of the 13 shortlisted essays are being published by DURA in advance of the announcement of the winners of the prestigious £25,000 prize in London on June 28th. Notting Hill Editions is an independent publisher devoted to the best in non-fiction essay writing. Its biennial international Essay Prize, awarded for the best unpublished essay of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, attracts writers from a broad range o...

New crime writing course with a forensic twist launched in Dundee

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

A new course that combines crime writing with forensic science has been officially launched at the University of Dundee today. The MLitt in Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation course will start in September and is designed for anyone who has always wanted to write a crime novel. Experts from the School of Humanities and the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) will come together to share their expertise and guide students through key aspects of crime, science and the law. This programme is unique to the UK and will provide students with modules in creative writing, the history of fore...

Remembering the lost father of American science fiction - Dr Keith Williams in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

"Scotland is rarely slow to recognise its literary heroes, from building monuments to Walter Scott to crafting a tourist industry around Robert Burns. However, one major writer remains unclaimed for the canon 130 years after his literary career began. "Robert Duncan Milne was an astonishingly prescient pioneer of science fiction who published over 60 stories in the late 19th century. Yet hardly anyone knows his name or how he influenced other leading lights in the early days of the genre."  Dr Keith Williams, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, remembers the lost father of American...