'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...

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...

Dundee among world's best for international student satisfaction

| 2019

The University of Dundee has recorded one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB). With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest annual survey of international students. The results of ISB’s Autumn 2018 survey show overall average satisfaction of 89.6% among Dundee students, the highest score of any participating Scottish universities, 2nd in the UK and 6th globally. A total of 199 institutions participated in the ISB 2018, significantly more than the 120 who took part the year...

European Social Work Research Conference - Symposium on Arts in Social Work

| Research, 2019

Susan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, will be leading a symposium on Arts in Social Work with colleagues from England, the Netherlands and Israel at the European Social Work Research Conference (ESWRA) in Leuven, Belgium in April 2019.  Susan will also present a paper on social care in Scottish prisons based on a recent Social Work Scotland funded project with Fiona Kumari Campbell, Lynn Kelly and Fernando Fernandes. Lynn Kelly will present on the project at the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) in Madrid in June 2019. Susan Levy has also been ap...

Community Education Team - Successful Funding Bids

| Research, 2019

Members of the Community Education team have recently been involved in a successful funding bid to the Scottish University Insight Institute. The project will be looking at international collaborations on vulnerable youth affected by homelessness. Led by the University of Dundee's School of Dentistry, the project will bring together practitioners, policy makers, academics and social activists from a range of areas, and  countries. Community Education team members have also made a successful bid for an internal Global Challenges Research Funding grant.  The grant will be used to support the settin...