Literary prize success for Dundee graduates

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

University of Dundee creative writing graduate Daniel Shand has won one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for a first novel. Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, has won the Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel Fallow. The prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a first novel of ‘outstanding literary merit’ by an author under the age of 35, was presented at the Society of Authors’ annual ceremony in London. The news comes in the same week that fellow creative writing graduate Claire MacLeary has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime fiction. Fallow (published by Sa...

Dundee student battles the odds for scholarship to New York

| English, Film Studies, Humanities, Students

A University of Dundee student has won a prestigious scholarship that will take her to the United States. Rachel Main, 23, who will receive a first class honours degree in MA English and Film Studies on Friday, 23rd June, is one of just two students to be awarded the annual St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholarship. The $30,000 prize will see Rachel, who thought that she would never be able to travel the world and pursue her love of writing, take up a coveted place on the MFA Dramatic Writing programme at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Rachel, from Glenrothes, became...

Dundee strikes gold in Teaching Excellence Framework

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

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF was introduced by the UK Government to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching. The ranking places Dundee among an elite group of British universities licensed to use the TEF Gold Award for the next three years. “The award of TEF Gold is an excellent result which highlights the quality of learning, teaching and the student experience that we offer at Dundee,” said Professor Karl Leydecker, Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching),...

Triumphant return for student awarded Fellowship in USA

| English, Humanities, Students

Lauren Christie, a current PhD student in the School of Humanities, has recently returned from the USA where she undertook a prestigious fellowship. Lauren began her PhD in English at the University of Dundee in January 2017 under the supervision of Dr Daniel Cook, an expert on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. She then received the Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship at Kent State University, and has spent her time immersed in the rich and diverse collections at the Reinberger Children's Library Centre there. Her research examines the relationship betw...

Exclusive - DURA previews international essay prize short list

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

The University of Dundee has been given exclusive access to the Notting Hill Editions 2017 Essay Prize Short List for its online magazine Dundee University Review of the Arts (DURA). Excerpts of the 13 shortlisted essays are being published by DURA in advance of the announcement of the winners of the prestigious £25,000 prize in London on June 28th. Notting Hill Editions is an independent publisher devoted to the best in non-fiction essay writing. Its biennial international Essay Prize, awarded for the best unpublished essay of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, attracts writers from a broad range o...