Inspiring Scotland's future global workforce - launch of 2018 Business Brunch series

| Engage Dundee, European Studies, Humanities, Languages

Young people from 12 schools across Dundee and the surrounding area had the opportunity to engage with local businesses in the first of a series of Business Brunch events, held at the University of Dundee on 10 January 2018. 118 S3 learners heard from a range of business leaders who view language skills as key to the growth and success of their company. The event demonstrated the relevance of languages in a work context and aimed to encourage pupils to continue with their language studies into the senior phase of their secondary education, and beyond school. A teacher attending the event said: “The B...

2018 Stephen Fry Awards feature Humanities research stars

| Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry after their efforts in communicating research to the public won them awards named after the University’s former rector. The Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research celebrate the sharing of the world-class research carried out at Dundee with the wider public. They are given to the project and researcher that made the greatest contribution to public engagement in the past year. The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in ...

Woodrow Wilson's famous US speech makes a mockery of Donald Trump – Dr Matthew Ward in The Conversation

| History, Humanities

"We have reached the centenary of US President Woodrow Wilson’s speech to Congress on January 8, 1918, outlining his Fourteen Points for brokering a lasting peace in Europe after World War I. It was the famous roar of idealism from across the Atlantic that would be whittled back in the name of self-interest by the victorious allies at Versailles the following year. "The speech would go on to shape many features of American foreign policy, however, particularly the broader points like open diplomacy, removal of economic and trade barriers, freedom of the seas and a general association of nations worki...

Two centuries before Marvel and Star Wars, Walter Scott’s Rob Roy was the first modern anti-hero – Dr Daniel Cook in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

“Rival siblings, disappointed fathers, resentful sons, cowards, double-crossers, powerful women, colonial guilt, crumbling Highland estates and an elusive anti-hero: Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy has it all. It is a masterclass of serious pantomime. “Two hundred years ago, on New Year’s Eve 1817, Scott published his latest smash hit, a fictional account of a real-life cattle thief or a freedom fighter, depending on your point of view, during the Jacobite rebellions of 1715.” In an article for The Conversation, Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee...

Ghosts of Christmas past: magic lantern set to dazzle Dundee

| Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Seminars

A rare and authentic triple-lensed magic lantern will be used for a spectacular Christmas show at the University of Dundee this week. Dr Jeremy Brooker, magic lantern performer and Chairman of the Magic Lantern Society, will present ‘A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Christmas’ for the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) Christmas Lecture. The event will take place from 6pm-7.30pm on Wednesday 13 December, in Room 1.36 of the University’s Tower Building. It is free, open to all and follows a wine reception from 5.15pm. Dr Keith Williams, Reader in English at the University, said, &...