12 Sep 2019

BBC Watchdog Live showcases University smoke alarm research

University of Dundee research showing that most children are likely to sleep through standard smoke alarms will feature in tonight’s episode of BBC One’s flagship consumer rights series Watchdog Live. The research, undertaken in collaboration with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue services, showed that children respond to different tones and frequencies of alarm than adults, and that boys and girls are wakened by a different combination of sounds. Only 28% of children in the study woke to the standard alarm, while an alarm tested using a lower frequency sound combined with a voice recording woke over ...

BBC Watchdog Live showcases University smoke alarm research

11 Sep 2019

Teeth can tell the tales of our lives

Despite being the toughest part of the human body, our teeth are etched with the history of our habits, says a University of Dundee expert. Dr Scheila Mânica from the University’s School of Dentistry says that teeth are a living tableau of our lives and can, with the right skills, reveal some of our darkest secrets. A forensic odontologist with 15 years expertise in identifying the dead from their teeth, Dr Mânica will discuss her work at the next Café Science, a free informal talk open to the public. Those looking to brush up on their crime-solving skills and find out more about t...

Teeth can tell the tales of our lives

10 Sep 2019

Dundee welcomes 3000 new students – and a new Rector

The University has welcomed more than 3000 new students to the city this week and installed broadcaster Jim Spence as its new Rector. Students from all over the world have come to Dundee for the start of the new academic year – with around 150 different nationalities are represented on campus. They arrive in one of the best places in the United Kingdom to be a student, with Dundee ranked 4th in the recent National Student Survey and 6th globally for overall average satisfaction in the International Student Barometer. The new students were welcomed to the city at a gathering in the Cair...

Dundee welcomes 3000 new students – and a new Rector

9 Sep 2019

Family events feature heavily in Festival

This year’s Festival of the Future will offer children the chance to design their own comics, discover the wonder of numbers and go on an odyssey to Mars among other treats. Best-selling authors, theatre groups, leading academics and local creative professionals will lead the family-focused events taking place as part of the University of Dundee’s flagship celebration of art, culture and science from Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 October. Each day of the programme will feature events aimed at children and families, including an appearance from legendary TV presenter Johnny Ball, who has championed ...

Family events feature heavily in Festival

9 Sep 2019

Blood test to aid better detection of lung cancer

  Scotland has one of the highest rates of lung cancer in the world – 2,592 men and 2,739 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in Scotland in 2017. In that year, 4,069 people with lung cancer in Scotland died. In the UK, survival from lung cancer is poor with less than 9% of patients still alive at five years after diagnosis, due primarily to the late stage of presentation. In around 80% of cases the cancer has spread beyond the lungs by the time it is diagnosed. If the disease is diagnosed in the early stages cure rates can be 60-70%. The Early Detection of Cancer of the Lung Scotland (ECLS)...

Blood test to aid better detection of lung cancer