Dundee ranked in global top 50 for impact

| English, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

The University of Dundee has been placed in the top 50 in the world in the 2020 edition of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. The rankings recognise that the role of universities extends beyond research and teaching to a third mission revolving around engagement, knowledge exchange and innovation for societal good. These rankings measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rankings include more than 800 universities worldwide. Dundee is ranked 44th overall and 9th in the world agai...

University Graduate to create book of poetry based on Mary Slessor

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

A University of Dundee graduate followed in the footsteps of one of the city’s most famous citizens to research her new collection of poetry. Fiona Cartmell travelled to Nigeria to study the work of Mary Slessor, a jute mill worker who became a missionary in Africa, as inspiration for her new book, which details inspiring tales of women in history. The journey is instrumental for Fiona, who graduated in Creative Writing in 2013, in putting together the compilation of poetry to capture Slessor's history in a new way. Fiona is still in the process of writing and hopes to revisit Nigeria in the near fut...

Research uncovers historical anti-vaccination across Scotland

| History, Humanities

A PhD student from the University of Dundee has uncovered new evidence showing how vaccine hesitancy – often thought to be a modern phenomenon – can be traced back more than 150 years in Scotland. Vaccine hesitancy now ranks alongside antimicrobial resistance and climate change in the top 10 global health threats, according to the World Health Organization. A growing ‘anti-vaxx’ movement has led to a 30% increase in measles cases being reported globally and a number of countries, including the UK, no longer being considered measles-free. Discredited studies, social media and celebri...

Fybromyalgia comics goes bilingual

| Comics, English, Humanities

The worldwide success of a University of Dundee comic raising awareness of a common but poorly understood medical condition has led to a Spanish version of the publication being launched. ‘Fibromyalgia and Us: Living with Fibromyalgia’, created by writers, artists and health professionals from the University and NHS Tayside, in conjunction with those living with the condition, has been downloaded around 13,000 times since it was published in December 2017. Two thousand paper copies are also in circulation. The comic explores the long-term condition which can often cause intense pain and/or fati...

Visit to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre for History students

| History, Humanities, Students

Undergraduate students taking a module on Scottish Highland history visited Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre recently. The Battle of Culloden was the final stage of the Jacobite rising of 1745. The Visitor Centre documents the Jacobite risings from both the Jacobite and Hanoverian perspectives and includes a 360 degree re-enactment film of the Battle. The aftermath of the battle and the subsequent pacification of the Highlands also gave the students much to consider. The photos below are the group, the bagpipes, which were called ‘instruments of war’ and banned after the battle and the m...