History students study Camperdown Collection documents in Dundee City Archives

| American Studies, History, Humanities, Students

Nearly two hundred first year History students – all of them taking the ‘Rise of Atlantic Empires’ module at the University of Dundee – visited the Dundee City Archives recently in order to examine materials in the so-called Camperdown Collection.  This unique collection of materials still belongs to the Duncan family, who once owned Camperdown House and Camperdown Park in Dundee.  The students were given access to maps, letters and account books relating to the settlement of New Smyrnea in East Florida in the period 1766-1777.  The Duncan family invested heavily in t...

Creative writing students and staff continue to shine

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We were delighted to hear more success stories recently involving our creative writing staff and students. Postgraduate student Sarah Isaac won second prize in the Short Story competition at the Wells Festival of Literature, which took place in October 2016.  She received £200 for her short story ‘Souterrain’.  Sarah is currently a postgraduate student taking modules in the Writing, Practice & Study programme at the University of Dundee.  The Wells Festival of Literature is an annual event that has been running since 1992 with an objective to promote the enjoyment and t...

New book - Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People

| Books, History

Last month saw the launch of an important new book on Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People is the first ever history of Burns' 'afterlife'; his impact on Scotland and the Scots from the time of his death in 1796. Written by Professor Christopher Whatley OBE, Professor of Scottish History in the University of Dundee’s School of Humanities, the book was introduced to the reading public at Dundee's Literary Festival and the National Trust for Scotland's Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway, near Ayr. The publishers of the book John Donald (Birlinn) ...

Spanish recognition for Dundee Diploma

| Humanities, Languages

Representatives from the Spanish Ministry of Education visited the University of Dundee recently to re-sign an agreement confirming support for the only graduate diploma in Spanish supported by the Spanish Government. The agreement, the only one of its kind in the UK, acknowledges the Graduate diploma in Spanish by Distance Learning which has been taught in the School of Humanities for more than a decade, as one of the flagship degrees of Spanish language in Scotland. The majority of the students on the course are Modern Language Teachers, as the diploma enables graduates the necessary qualification to tea...

Debut novel of Humanities student being published by Sandstone Press

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We are delighted to hear that Daniel Shand, a graduate of Humanities, will have his debut novel Fallow published by Sandstone Press this month. Daniel studied creative writing modules during his undergraduate MA English degree course here at the University of Dundee, before going on to complete a Masters and undertake his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. His debut novel Fallow is a tense and at times darkly comic novel exploring the relationship between two brothers bound by a terrible crime. Paul and Mikey are on the run, apparently from the press surrounding their house after Mikey’s r...