6 Aug 2014

Jenny Marra MSP to open Know Sugar Shop

Dundee-based MSP Jenny Marra will this week open the first pop-up shop focused on raising awareness of Scotland’s ticking health time bomb. On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th August, the Know Sugar Shop at the city’s Wellgate Shopping Centre will test an idea that has the potential to change our nation’s relationship with sugar. The prototype will challenge Scotland’s collective sweetie tooth and highlight the amount of hidden ‘bad’ sugars we consume every day. The Know Sugar Shop pilot will take the form of a non-transactional, interactive retail space where visitors will p...

6 Aug 2014

‘Real Unicorns and Other Strange Tales’ – public lecture on 11th August

Renowned art historian Professor Martin Kemp will next week question the truthfulness of words and images during a public lecture at the University of Dundee. ‘Real Unicorns and Other Strange Tales’ takes place on Monday, 11th August. It forms part of the Triennial Conference of the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS/AIERTI) being hosted by the Universiy-based Scottish Word and Image Group (SWIG). SWIG Chair Dr Keith Williams explained, “Since the Renaissance, more and more convincing techniques for picturing reality have allowed artists to claim their works are ma...

6 Aug 2014

Brian Cox to open new Enquiry Centre

Hollywood star and Dundee University Rector Brian Cox will next week officially open a new advice centre for students on campus. The Enquiry Centre represents the University’s Student Services team at a generalist level and will relocate to new premises at Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) on Monday, 11th August. The prominent facility at the heart of campus will act as a first-stop drop-in centre for students requiring assistance but unsure where, what or who to ask for help. The team can help with all types of enquiries including travel, accommodation, finances, study support, he...

5 Aug 2014

Duo to fight it out for Dundee International Book Prize 2014

The two finalists for the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize have been announced, with one of them set to earn a publishing deal and £10,000 cash prize. This year's finalists are Rachel Fenton, a writer and artist living in Auckland, New Zealand, and English writer and performer Amy Mason. Amy’s Ida and Rachel’s Some Things the English saw off stiff competition from 400 other entrants to reach this stage, and will now face further scrutiny from this year’s all-star judging panel comprising literary megastar Neil Gaiman, broadcaster Kirsty Lang, agent Felicity Blunt, publisher Scot...

4 Aug 2014

£10,000 recognition for Breast Foot Forward

A successful partnership between a leading cancer charity and the University of Dundee has been rewarded with a £10,000 award from the Alliance Trust. The Dundee-based financial services company named ‘Breast Foot Forward’ as winner of the Alliance Trust Charity Award for 2014. Representatives from the charity partners will receive a cheque for the amount from Alliance Trust staff at the University’s Institute of Sport & Exercise (ISE) on Tuesday, 5th August. Breast Foot Forward have been working in partnership with ISE over the last three years to host the fund-and awareness-ra...