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...