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...

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...

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...

Find out where Dundee took these inspiring women

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Inspirational members of the University of Dundee community will this week share the ups and downs of their working lives at a free public event held as part of Dundee Women's Festival 2020. ‘Where Dundee Took Me: Career Tales of Staff and Graduates’ will take place at the University’s Dalhousie Building at 2pm on Wednesday 4 March. It is one of several University-led events in this year’s Festival programme. Panellists who have gone on to make waves in their professional lives will be talking about their achievements and the role Dundee played in their successes. They are: Dr Sara...

Field trip to Special Collections at the University of St Andrews Library for History of the Book students

| Books, History, Humanities, Students

Students taking the 'History of the Book' module at the University of Dundee (module HU42001) participated in a field trip to St Andrews recently, for a rare books and manuscripts seminar in Special Collections at the University of St Andrews Library. The seminar leader was Rachel Hart, Senior Archivist at the University of St Andrews. She introduced the students to a wonderful collection of materials, which ranged from Egyptian papyrus of the third century CE to so-called ‘Books of Hours’ -- beautifully decorated devotional texts from the late Middle Ages—and from valuable incunables --f...

Fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities - applications now open

| History, Humanities, Students

Applications are invited for two Leverhulme-funded studentships at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee. The studentships are offered as part of the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant for the project “The Scottish Privy Council, 1692 to 1708: Government from Revolution to Union”. These fully funded PhD studentships include both fees and student stipend for three years of PhD study and will commence 8 April 2020, with a deadline of 28 February 2020 for applications.  The Scottish Privy Council Project, a collaboration between the universities of Stirling and Dundee, will research o...

Graduate Julie included in list of 150 most influential people in UK publishing

| Books, English, History, Humanities, Students

Congratulations to our graduate Julie Danksin who has been included in The Bookseller's 150 for 2019 list!  The Bookseller 150 (formerly The Bookseller 100) is an annual list of the 150 most influential people in UK publishing. First published in 2009, the list is made up of publishers, retailers, authors, members of the media and more. Julie is the manager of Edinburgh’s Golden Hare Books, which was named Independent Bookshop of the Year at this year’s Nibbies, with the judges praising its “stylish boutique-style store, sharp growth in sales and capacity for innovation”. This ...

Saltire Society Scotland's National Book Award for graduate Clare

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Our congratulations are extended to author Clare Hunter, who graduated from our MLitt Writing Practice and Study course in 2014, as she was announced as one of the winners in the Saltire Society's Literary Awards 2019 recently. The Saltire Society announced the winners of the 2019 Literary Awards at a glittering ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 30 November 2019. In a ceremony presided over by BBC Presenter Cathy MacDonald, Awards were presented in six different literary categories. The Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award was presented jointly to two authors &nd...

Crime cohort set to graduate

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

A publican used to hearing customers complain about the price of a pint being ‘murder’ will this Thursday become one of the first students to graduate from a unique crime writing course at the University of Dundee. Zoe Cooper will receive her MLitt Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation degree at the University’s Winter Graduation ceremony on Thursday 14 November, as will classmates Gillian Duff and Scot Mackenzie. The Masters course is the first of its kind in the UK and sees academics from the University’s School of Humanities and Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (C...

Dundee students named as Europe's best

| Humanities, philosophy, students

Three University of Dundee students have been named as the top undergraduates in Europe in their respective fields. Scott Sheldrick, Chester Cornford and Lola Knibb were named as regional winners for Europe in the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards. A further five Dundee students were highly commended by judges in the competition, which aims to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. Scott won the Europe award for Life Sciences, Chester for Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare, and Lola for Visual Arts. All three...