4 Aug 2015

10,000 sign up to `Identify the Dead’

A free online course launched by the University of Dundee last month which allows participants to take the role of a forensic investigator at the heart of a Val McDermid mystery has already had 10,000 people sign up. `Identifying The Dead: forensic science and human identification’ is a MOOC, or massive open online course, where anyone can sign up to take the six-week course. It has been launched on the FutureLearn platform by the University of Dundee and its world-renowned Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. The background story for the course has been written by crime author Val McDermid a...

31 Jul 2015

Prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award for Professor Kate Storey

University of Dundee scientist Professor Kate Storey has been appointed one of 19 new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders. The prestigious award provides five-year's support for outstanding scientists to help them continue their ground-breaking work. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. Professor Storey is Chair of Neural Development ...

30 Jul 2015

First Minister visits first showcase of Scotland’s contemporary art in China

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has visited the first major showcase of Scotland’s internationally renowned contemporary art scene while on her trip to China. While she was in Shanghai the First Minister saw the CURRENT project, a collaboration between the University of Dundee’s Cooper Gallery and Shanghai Himalayas Museum and see exclusive performances by the CURRENT Artist and Writer in Residence. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, "Scotland's culture is rich and we are looked upon as a country of fantastic design and art. “We share this reputation with China and ...

27 Jul 2015

`Thankerton Man’ face revealed at Biggar Museum

The face of a young man dating from the Copper Age, whose skeleton was discovered at Boatbridge Quarry in Thankerton, has been recreated by experts at the University of Dundee. The face of Thankerton Man is on show to the public at the newly opened Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum. His skeleton was found in a stone cist at Boatbridge Quarry, Thankerton in 1970. He was unusually tall, thought to be aged between 18 and 25, and found lying in a crouched position. The remains were radiocarbon dated to between 2460BC and 2140BC. The cist contained a finely-decorated Beaker which had held food or drink for t...

24 Jul 2015

Fleet work gives Dundee graduate a window on Edinburgh

If you happen to be in Edinburgh before the end of August, walk along Princes Street, glance at Edinburgh’s prestigious Jenners department store and you can be forgiven for thinking of a saga of land, sea and sky of the far North. Ten of the large windows in Jenners are alive with original art and jewellery from Orkney. Waves sweep and curl and the land stretches below a long blue sky of clouds into a sunset of glowing red colours. Look closer and you’ll see the Old Man of Hoy, Orkney’s famous monuments... and a Workshop by the sea. Orkney’s well-known jewellery designer, Sheila Fle...