Poets pit Scotland's personality against itself

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Some of Scotland’s most famous people, places and products have been pitted against one another as part of a new poetry publication. From Laphroaig versus Buckfast, to Oor Wullie against Black Bob, to Jimmy Shand meeting Jack Bruce, and cullen skink taking on Irn-Bru, the new book Scotia Extremis brings together more than 100 acclaimed Scottish poets to take a sideways look at what makes, and makes up, Scotland. The book is co-edited by Andy Jackson, a poet and medical librarian at the University of Dundee, and Brian Johnstone, founder of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival and wil...

Rail tragedy inspires Hailey's 'Commando' debut

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student who came to Dundee with no experience of writing comics has become one of the first female writers in over 30 years to have a story published in the legendary Commando war comic. Hailey Austin, a PhD student and graduate of the MLitt in Comics and Graphic Novels course at the University of Dundee, has written ‘Steel Inferno’, a fictionalised version of a true World War II story of bravery and sacrifice, which will be published as Commando #5241 tomorrow. Steel Inferno is inspired by the Soham Rail Disaster which took place in the early hours of June 2 1944. As Britain prepar...

Graduation week brings double delight for Yvonne and Nadeem

| English, Film Studies, Humanities, Students

A University of Dundee lecturer will watch on with pride as her son graduates from the institution this week – only to do the same herself 48 hours later. Dr Yvonne Wedekind will collect her Masters in Medical Education in the Caird Hall on Friday, just two days after watching her son, Nadeem, graduate with a First Class MA in English and Film. A GP Clinical Teacher at Dundee Medical School, Dr Wedekind says that this week’s ceremonies will be cause for a double celebration. “Graduation is always a happy occasion, but this year will be particularly special for me,” she sai...

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...