31 Dec 2015

New Year Honours for University staff

The New Year Honours list has seen University of Dundee staff rewarded for their work and contribution to society. Professor Annalu Waller, Chair of Human Communication Technologies at the University of Dundee, has been awarded an OBE for her services to people with complex communication needs. Professor Waller has been based in Computing at the University since 1989 and has helped established Dundee’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for research into augmentative and alternative communication technologies for people with severe communication difficulties. She works closely wit...

New Year Honours for University staff

21 Dec 2015

Using maths to unravel the Sun’s magnetic fields

Complex magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere help heat it to multi-million degree temperatures and create explosive events such as solar flares that affect us here on Earth. Now a major research project led by the University of Dundee is aiming to use mathematics to boost our knowledge of how these magnetic structures are formed and the effect they have. “There is a growing appreciation of the effect that solar weather, including events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, has on the Earth and our atmosphere,” said Professor Gunnar Hornig, of the Magnetohydrodynamics Group ...

17 Dec 2015

Discovery Days 2016

The work carried out by newly appointed Professors that will help to transform lives around the world will be explored at the University of Dundee’s annual Discovery Days event in the New Year. Discovery Days 2016 takes place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th January at the Dalhousie Building. Ten Professors will each talk for 15 minutes about their area of research as will teachers and students who have been recognised for their innovative approach to the learning experience. The short presentations will provide glimpses of the leading-edge work the University is engaged in across topics as rich and ...

Discovery Days 2016

17 Dec 2015

Moroccan and Kenyan trips raise £45,000 for Childreach International

Students from the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College have raised an incredible £45,000 for an international education charity in just one year. Last summer, a team of 16 students set out with the charity Childreach International to help build an education centre in a small village in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. After arriving, they lived among the villagers and assisted with all the on-site manual labour from tiling to plastering to clearing dirt. The centre is now used by nursery and infant children during the day and by the women of the vill...

Moroccan and Kenyan trips raise £45,000 for Childreach International

14 Dec 2015

`Sweet spot’ for treating diabetic patients with heart failure

Researchers at the University of Dundee have discovered a `sweet spot’ in the treatment of diabetes among patients with heart failure. Diabetes and heart disease are frequently seen together in patients and can be a lethal combination. To compound the problem, some anti-diabetic medications have been shown to worsen heart conditions like heart failure, a condition where the heart muscles become too weak to effectively pump blood around the body. Now researchers led by Professor Chim Lang in the School of Medicine at Dundee have found there are hazardous effects of under- or over-treating diabetes amo...