University's visiting scholars to forge new international links

| Research, 2019

Leading academics from around the world are bringing their skills to the University of Dundee as part of a major new initiative. The University is welcoming experts from Canada, China, Hungary, New Zealand, and the United States for the inaugural Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) Global Scholars Programme. A collaboration between Dundee’s School of Social Sciences and School of Education and Social Work, the ISSR is using the initiative to forge international links through interdisciplinary research. The quintet will spend up to three months in Scotland, collaborating with Dundee academic...

Dundee among world's best for impact on society

| 2019

The University of Dundee has been placed 20th in the world for its impact in a new global ranking. The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings recognise that the role of universities extends beyond research and teaching to a third mission revolving around engagement, knowledge transfer and innovation for societal good. These rankings measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dundee was ranked 20th in the inaugural survey. The University was placed 3rd in the world for SDG 12 – Responsible Consumpt...

'I'd like to teach the world to sign': University's Makaton project goes global

| 2019

Music and sign language are bringing children around the world together in harmony thanks to an eTwinning project conceived at the University of Dundee. Youngsters from more than 40 countries have contributed clips of them singing and signing along to popular songs with Makaton as part of a project to break down cultural barriers and promote inclusion. The initiative, known as ‘Hands of the World’, has been coordinated by Sharon Tonner-Saunders, from the University’s School of Education and Social Work, who said that music was an ideal way to bring children together. “This is breaki...

Congratulations to SESW Internal Seed Grant Research Awardees

| Research, 2019

Congratulations to the following recipients for a 2019 Internal Seed Grant Research Award. Investigating the role of age and length of attendance at a nature kindergarten on nature connectedness in children below the age of six (PIs: Alexia Barrable and Lauren Boath) Hearing the voices of people with problematic drug use: learning from the experts (PIs: Jane Fenton and Scott Duncan) International Social Work: Transferability, application and synergies of social work curriculum and knowledge (PIs: Susan Levy and Richard Ingram)...

Scottish pupils joint best in reading comprehension in the UK according to major survey

| Research, 2019

The largest literacy study ever conducted in the UK and Ireland has shown that Scottish pupils had the joint greatest level of reading comprehension amongst the home nations, alongside Northern Ireland. The annual What Kids are Reading Report, analysed by the University of Dundee’s Professor Keith Topping, was written using data compiled by literacy and assessment provider Renaissance UK. The study analysed the reading habits of 1,057,720 pupils across the UK and Ireland, including 29,524 in Scotland. Despite Scottish pupils having the highest comprehension levels, on average they are reading the le...