13 Mar 2019

Researchers make important cell division discovery

Researchers at the University of Dundee have provided important new insights into the regulation of cell division, which may ultimately lead to a better understanding of cancer progression. Cell division, also known as mitosis, is the process by which a parent cell divides into two daughter cells containing the same DNA content. If this process goes wrong and the DNA is not partitioned equally then diseases such as cancer can arise. To safeguard against these errors, the cell uses two classes of enzymes, known as kinases and phosphatases, to monitor division and switch signals on and off at certain times. ...

Researchers make important cell division discovery

13 Mar 2019

Public ‘Sole Searching’ to help forensic science research

Image is credit G.S. Thomson 2018   Members of the public are being invited to do some ‘sole searching’ and get involved in a University of Dundee project aiming to help forensic science take a step forward in creating a new research database. Footwear marks, also called shoeprints, deposited at crime scenes may be used to link a type of shoe or possibly even a specific shoe to the scene.  Being able to do this in a way that is scientifically valid requires information about how a mark that a shoe makes changes over time or changes when it is made on different surfaces or with differe...

Public ‘Sole Searching’ to help forensic science research

12 Mar 2019

Making a mountain out of Munro’s memory

Hill walkers from across the world will have the chance to bag themselves a place in Scottish history this year if they agree to summit one Munro within 12 months. A large-scale environmental community project, led by Eddie Summerton at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), invites walkers, runners and climbers of all ages to take to the hills in memory of Sir Hugh Munro. Sir Hugh became famous for listing all Scottish mountains over 3,000ft, which are known as Munros in his honour. Those who choose to climb one of the 282 mountains on the online list, ...

Making a mountain out of Munro’s memory

11 Mar 2019

Volunteering a gateway to career opportunities

Volunteering for good causes can give University of Dundee students a helping hand in to the world of work. Eric Knox, the CEO of Volunteer Dundee, says that giving up free time to help local charitable organisations can provide students with valuable skills and experience that will help their future career prospects. He is urging Dundee students to attend the University’s annual Volunteering and Work Experience Fair, which takes place in Air Bar, DUSA, on Thursday 14 March. With dozens of recruiters exhibiting, Mr Knox said that working with the local community can be hugely rewarding. He said, &ldq...

Volunteering a gateway to career opportunities

11 Mar 2019

Online course corrects care home myths

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Dundee is set to tackle misconceptions around care home nursing and inspire more people to consider a career in the sector. ‘Care Home Nursing: Changing Perceptions’ was developed by the University after receiving funding from the RCN Foundation. The MOOC explores the skills and demands placed upon care home nurses and helps participants understand how vital the work they do is. Designed for anyone with a personal or professional interest in care home nursing, including the general public, the four-week course is now open for enrolm...

Online course corrects care home myths