Student catalogues treasure trove of comics

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student was delighted to find rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, amongst thousands of comics she catalogued at the University of Dundee. Hailey Austin says she has found comic gems including Punch magazine, first issues of rare DC and Marvel comics, as well as drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics amongst the materials donated to the University’s Archives. Hailey, a 24 year-old PhD student from Colorado, said that the mammoth task of cataloguing the majority of the collections took over three months but she would happily do it all over again because of the value these...

Students create suicide awareness comic to address the stigma of mental health

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Students

Students and staff from the University of Dundee have produced a comic to raise awareness of suicide in an attempt to reduce the stigma around mental health. ‘Let’s Talk About Suicide’ will launch on Wednesday 10 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The dynamic storybook deals with a sensitive and under-resourced health issue in an engaging way. The visually driven publication addresses inequality, stereotypes and other factors associated with mental health and suicide. By using the comic style, potential barriers in traditional healthcare communications, such as sight, liter...

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...

"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...

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...