Dundee ranked among UK's best for student experience

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

The University of Dundee has been ranked among the top universities in the United Kingdom – and 2nd in Scotland – in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. This year’s survey ranks 116 universities across the UK. Dundee is placed 14th overall, one place higher than last year. Dundee is 2nd in Scotland, just behind its close neighbour the University of St Andrews. Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, said, “This is another very good result for the University and shows that we continue to offer one of the best studen...

Gothic literature and children's literacy - a blogger's guide

| English, Humanities, Students

PhD student Lauren Christie has been producing fascinating blog posts for the Scottish Book Trust recently. Looking at Gothic literature and children's literacy, she has covered topics such as why we love to read horror, and five tips to explore gothic fiction with children. Lauren is a second year research postgraduate student in the School of Humanities here at the University of Dundee, having also previously completed her Masters and undergraduate degrees with us. She told us a bit more about the blog project and how she came to be a guest author for the Scottish Book Trust. "My research recognises the ...

Dundee rises among world’s best for international student satisfaction

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

International students at the University of Dundee have rated their overall satisfaction at over 93 per cent, one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB). With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest annual survey of international students. The results of ISB’s Autumn 2017 survey have just been released to participating universities. Overall satisfaction among the Dundee students rose from 90.9 per cent in 2016 to 93.7 per cent, the third highest score out of the 31 UK univers...

"Sex pest" Robert Burns and the long tradition of poets behaving badly - Dr Daniel Cook in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

"The poet Liz Lochhead has outed Robert Burns as a 'Sex Pest'... But why single out Burns? Some of the most acclaimed male poets have done or said many odious things." In an article for The Conversation, Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, discusses depictions of violence against women in poetry and argues that the time is right to re-evaluate how we respond to literary traditions. See the full article...

Reanimating Rabbie – rare film screenings for Burns Night

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

A free event at the University of Dundee this week will celebrate Burns Night with screenings of rare films from Scotland’s National Moving Image Archive.  The programme includes two rare animated films from the 50s and 70s, Tam o’ Shanter and Tam o’ Shanter Rides Again, as well as a rare 1933 silent documentary, Homes and Haunts of Scotland's Ploughman Poet Robert Burns. Silent screen pianist and composer, Steven Gellatly will provide live musical accompaniment. Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Robb will give a short talk on Burns’ ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and Creati...