Dundee ranked among UK's best for student experience

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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...

Reanimating Rabbie – rare film screenings for Burns Night

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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...

Ghosts of Christmas past: magic lantern set to dazzle Dundee

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A rare and authentic triple-lensed magic lantern will be used for a spectacular Christmas show at the University of Dundee this week. Dr Jeremy Brooker, magic lantern performer and Chairman of the Magic Lantern Society, will present ‘A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Christmas’ for the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) Christmas Lecture. The event will take place from 6pm-7.30pm on Wednesday 13 December, in Room 1.36 of the University’s Tower Building. It is free, open to all and follows a wine reception from 5.15pm. Dr Keith Williams, Reader in English at the University, said, &...

Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found (Being Human Festival 2017)

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Join us for the Being Human Festival 2017 - 17-25 November The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one els...

Dundee student battles the odds for scholarship to New York

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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...