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...

Conference aims to revive interest in the essay

| Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Seminars

An international line-up of academics and literary aficionados will attempt to breathe new life into the essay at a conference hosted by the University of Dundee. Teachers, writers, artists, publishers and journalists from around the world will join secondary school pupils and members of the public for ‘Taking Ideas for a Walk: The 2018 Essay Conference’, aimed at revitalising interest in the form. Beginning on Tuesday 19 June, delegates will gather at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath for the two-day event, hosted by Professor Kirsty Gunn and Dr Gail Low of the University’s English departm...

Campaign to honour Dundee lecturer's dying wish

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

A group of University of Dundee lecturers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to honour the final wish of a former colleague. Members of the University’s English department are hoping to raise £2,000 to publish the poetry of Dr Jim Stewart, who lost his battle against liver cancer two years ago. An immensely popular figure with both students and staff, Jim had shown little interest in making his poems public during the early stages of his career. However, after stating a desire to produce a volume of his work following his diagnosis, Professor Kirsty Gunn and Dr Gail Low have vowed to honour ...

Monster new edition to celebrate Frankenstein's Dundee links

| Books, Comics, English, Engage Dundee, Humanities

A new Dundee Edition of Frankenstein celebrating author Mary Shelley’s links to the city is to be published and distributed free to local schoolchildren later this year. Edited and introduced by Dr Daniel Cook, of the University of Dundee’s English department, the book will comprise the complete 1818 text of the ground-breaking science fiction novel as well as dozens of commissioned images produced by award-winning local comics artists. Broadcaster Billy Kay, who is currently working on a BBC Scotland radio documentary exploring Mary Shelley’s Dundee, will provide the foreword. “Fra...

Plenary lecture on Swift and Satire by Dr Daniel Cook

| English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will be delivering the keynote lecture at the Satire: Deaths, Births, and Legacies conference at York St John University on 2nd June. His topic will be the extraordinary legacy of the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and other works. Dr Cook has published widely on the life and works of Swift, and he is currently completing a monograph on the satirist and a new critical edition of Gulliver's Travels. As part of the recent 350th anniversary celebrations of Swift's birth, Dr Cook appeared on a...

It's alive! Dundee Comics Creative Space goes to London

| Comics, English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook (Senior Lecturer in English) and Dr Golnar Nabizadeh (Lecturer in Comics) will lead a team of artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space on an excursion to Senate House in London this week, where they have been invited to showcase their work as part of the annual Living Literature series. A public celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Frankenstein, written by former Dundee resident Mary Shelley, the event on 23rd May will include live beatboxing, ghost stories by candlelight, historical operating theatres, 3D monster printing, and our pop-up comics studio....

Legendary illustrator to host Dundee masterclass

| Comics, English, Humanities, Seminars

His work is familiar to generations of comic buyers and now Scottish artist Cam Kennedy is preparing to share some of the secrets of his craft at a special event hosted by the University of Dundee. He will be talking about his career as he conducts a live drawing masterclass at the Dundee Comics Creative Space on Wednesday 11 April. The comic illustrator will discuss his creative process and provide unique insights into his time working on famous titles such as Judge Dredd, Star Wars Dark Empire, and The Light and Darkness War. He has been invited to show off his skills by staff behind Dundee’s Maste...

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...