More than just a hat: How Davy Crockett’s legend inspired America’s obsession with guns

| Engage Dundee, History, Humanities, Seminars

America’s controversial gun culture may be the divisive legacy of one of the country’s most famous folk heroes, a University of Dundee expert has said. Dr Matthew Ward, a Senior Lecturer in early American history, says that the image of the politician and frontiersman cultivated following his death has been central to an issue that splits the country to this day. Dr Ward will be discussing the United States’ complex history with guns at the next Dundee Arts Café, which takes place in the McManus Café, McManus Gallery, on Tuesday 1 October. “Gun culture goes back to th...

Dundee ranked among UK's top 5 for student satisfaction

| Creative Writing, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy, Students

The University of Dundee has been ranked 4th among UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90%, up 2% on the 2018 result and well above the sector average of 84%, and was ranked 2nd in Scotland. Our Humanities subjects also recorded good results in this year's survey, with History and Creative Writing ranking top in Scotland and within the top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction, along with English and Iberian (Spanish) studies also ranking in the top 20 in the UK.  The National Student Survey...

Graduation - one year on!

| History, Humanities, Students

As we prepare to celebrate with our latest batch of graduating students this week, we have also been reflecting on last year's ceremony with our alumni, and finding out what they have been doing since then. Here is one such story from Jim Ashwood, who graduated from the Part-time MA degree last year with an MA (Honours) in History.  "My graduation last year was something of a homecoming for me. It was a weird experience returning to where I had been born in 1945 in Smalls Wynd, and thinking about how I had now become one of those students who had fascinated me as a little boy playing in the streets. "...

Dundee wins Higher Educational Institution of the Year award

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

The University of Dundee has been named Scotland’s top university at The Herald Higher Education Awards. Dundee took the top prize, Higher Educational Institution of the Year, at the ceremony in Glasgow last night and also walked away with a further four awards recognising impact of staff and students. The Outstanding Contribution from a Student category was won by Rawad Qaq, a remarkable and courageous individual who made the journey from war in his homeland of Syria to study at the University on a Humanitarian Scholarship. Professor Kurt Mills’ work on the Scottish Human Rights Defender Fello...

South Africa's first democratic elections, 25 years on – Dr Matt Graham in The Conversation

| History, Humanities

Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly undermined by corruption, violence and inequality, but democracy has taken root in South Africa nonetheless, writes our Senior Lecturer in History, Dr Matt Graham. In a celebration of the 25th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic elections, Dr Graham's article, South Africa's first democractic elections, 25 years on: never lose sight of what the country has achieved, has recently been published by The Conversation. See the full article...