Film4 options Lynda Clark's novel 'Beyond Kidding'

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Congratulations to School of Humanities staff member Lynda Clark, who's novel Beyond Kidding has been optioned by Film4. Fairlight Books recently announced that Film4 had acquired the tv and film rights to Lynda's novel for a feature film to be directed by Will Stefan Smith.  Published in the UK last year by Fairlight, the novel is a literary sci-fi yarn about a man who makes up a child in order to secure a job. When he receives a call from the police to say the boy has been found, he arrives at the police station to find a child waiting for him – one who looks exactly like the picture he photos...

Students reimagine past designs into new forms

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Students from the University of Dundee have collaborated with V&A Dundee to create a collection of writing and art inspired by the museum and its galleries. Students from the Illustration BDes degree programme in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the School of Humanities Creative Writing Practice & Study MLitt explore how past designs can be reimagined in the first installation of These Windows, a collaborative publishing project between the University and V&A Dundee. Finding inspiration within Scotland’s first design museum, writers and artist...

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...