Shorthand work helps artist deal with pain of miscarriage

| Humanities, Students

An art student and former journalist has created a series of shorthand-inspired works to help her cope with the trauma of miscarriage. Ana Hine produced the pieces as part of her MFA Art & Humanities course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Her project is one of more than 80 exhibits at this year’s Masters Show, which runs until this weekend. Ana used Teeline shorthand, a form of note-taking that increases the speed and brevity of writing by using abbreviated symbols rather than full words, as a way of expressing her feelings after suffering a miscarriage. She is now looking f...

Hitting the books helped author to realise writing dream

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

One of Scotland’s most exciting emerging authors says that her experience as a University of Dundee student prepared her for a new chapter in her life. Having completed her MLitt in Writing Practice and Study in 2014, Sandra Ireland has just released her third novel, The Unmaking of Ellie Rook. Now a tutor within the University’s English department, Carnoustie-based Sandra said that her studies gave her the confidence to embark upon a career as an author. “I was 45 when I started my English and Creative Writing undergraduate course at Dundee,” she said. “I always had a love fo...

Newly published Languages Evaluation Report co-authored by Marion Sporing

| European Studies, Humanities, Languages

A newly published evaluation report has been co-authored by Marion Spöring, Senior Lecturer in Languages and European Studies here at the University of Dundee.  Working Together for Languages is an evaluation report considering four collaborative language promotional initiatives, Business Brunches, Language linking Global Thinking, and Word Wizard. Running from 2014-2017, these initiatives were collaborative efforts to promote languages and language learning in schools. The report looks at the impact on learner attitudes and uptake in the upper secondary phase during the period.  The authors...

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...

Creatures from the Tay to help explore what it means to be human

| English, Humanities

A hitherto undiscovered civilisation living beneath the River Tay are set to emerge from their aquatic asylum and deliver their verdict on our species when the University of Dundee hosts the UK’s national celebration of the humanities later this year. Dundee has once again been named as one of five hubs for the Being Human festival, which takes place from 14-23 November. The programme will be built around the theme of ‘The Aquatic City’, with events showcasing the range of scholarship at the University. The imaginary civilisation will provide a starting point to explore the relationship b...