Target reached to publish poetry collection

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

A University of Dundee lecturer has been hailed one of the most significant Scottish poets to emerge in the last decade, following a successful fundraising campaign to posthumously publish his poetry. The work of the late Dr Jim Stewart, who taught in the University’s English department, has already received wide praise in anticipation of the collection’s publication later this year. Dundee’s Makar, W.N. (Bill) Herbert, said, “This collection will rightly establish Jim, with a single volume, as one of the most significant Scottish poets of the last decade.” Jim passed away in ...

Val McDermid Award to celebrate crime writing course success

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Best-selling author Val McDermid has lent her name to a prize recognising the top student on a University of Dundee course for aspiring crime writers. The Val McDermid Award will be presented annually to the MLitt Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation student who produces the best dissertation as part of their course. The inaugural prize will be awarded at Dundee’s graduation ceremony in November. This Masters degree is the first of its kind in the UK and sees academics from the University’s School of Humanities and Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) share t...

Dundee ranked among UK's best universities for student satisfaction

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

The University of Dundee has once again ranked among the best universities in the United Kingdom for overall student satisfaction, achieving a top 10 place in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS). The University recorded overall satisfaction of 88%, well above the sector average of 83% and was ranked second in Scotland. The National Student Survey is a census of nearly half a million students undertaken independently by Ipsos MORI and evaluates how satisfied students are with the quality of their higher education experience. The survey asks students 27 questions across eight themes relating to their expe...

Five true-crime podcasts for the armchair detective in you

| English, Humanities

Everybody loves a good whodunnit. It's why true-crime documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and now The Staircase have all been big Netflix hits. Yet away from television screens, true crime has found another very happy home - podcasting.  Laura Findlay takes us through her list of five true crime podcasts that demand your attention this summer in an article for The Conversation. Laura is a Research Assistant in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. See the full article here   Useful links: English at the University of Dundee Study Crime Writing and Forensic Inv...

"I'm not stopping now" says ground-breaking graduate

| English, History, Humanities, Students

A pioneering University of Dundee student is eyeing up a career in academia after a search for a night class led to her obtaining a degree. Fiona Dixon said that she had only wanted to broaden her horizons when she started looking for a suitable subject to study in 2012. However, as the mother of five from Dundee prepared to become one of the University’s first part-time students to graduate with honours last week, she admitted that her unintended return to higher education has prompted her to consider a career in the field. The 47-year-old collected her First Class MA with joint honours in English a...