"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

| Comics, Creative Writing, English, European Studies, Film Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy, Students

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...

Gothic literature and children's literacy - a blogger's guide

| English, Humanities, Students

PhD student Lauren Christie has been producing fascinating blog posts for the Scottish Book Trust recently. Looking at Gothic literature and children's literacy, she has covered topics such as why we love to read horror, and five tips to explore gothic fiction with children. Lauren is a second year research postgraduate student in the School of Humanities here at the University of Dundee, having also previously completed her Masters and undergraduate degrees with us. She told us a bit more about the blog project and how she came to be a guest author for the Scottish Book Trust. "My research recognises the ...

Crime writing course attracts award-winning authors

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation students at the University of Dundee will receive more than they bargained for this year, when they attend masterclasses from some of Scotland’s most acclaimed crime authors. The students will have a rare opportunity to work alongside Dame Denise Mina, an award-winning author and playwright, Lin Anderson, author of the Rhona Macleod series of crime thriller novels and co-founder of Bloody Scotland, and Russel D Maclean, a graduate of the University whose J McNee novels recently translated into Italian, French and German, following the trials and tribulations o...

From shy student to stand-up success

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

When Jo Hastie joined the University of Dundee’s Creative Writing programme last year she was so lacking in confidence that she could not even read her work out to her fellow students.  A year on, and Jo has won a major poetry slam in Edinburgh, performed alongside the most-watched poet on YouTube, Neil Hilborn, and written and performed stand-up comedy.   To cap it all, she will graduate with a Distinction this week as she completes her Masters degree in Writing Practice and Study on Thursday 16 November. Jo, from Aberdeen, who is also known by her pen-name Jo Gilbert, said, “I ...