4 Jul 2019

Creatures from the Tay to help explore what it means to be human

A hitherto undiscovered civilisation living beneath the River Tay are set to emerge from their aquatic asylum and deliver their verdict on our species when the University of Dundee hosts the UK’s national celebration of the humanities later this year. Dundee has once again been named as one of five hubs for the Being Human festival, which takes place from 14-23 November. The programme will be built around the theme of ‘The Aquatic City’, with events showcasing the range of scholarship at the University. The imaginary civilisation will provide a starting point to explore the relationship b...

Creatures from the Tay to help explore what it means to be human

3 Jul 2019

Dundee ranked among UK’s top 5 for student satisfaction

The University of Dundee has been ranked 4th among UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90%, up 2% on the 2018 result and well above the sector average of 84%, and was ranked 2nd in Scotland. The National Student Survey is a census of nearly half a million students undertaken independently by Ipsos MORI and evaluates how satisfied students are with the quality of their higher education experience. Dundee’s rankings relate to non-specialist universities across the UK. The survey asks full-time first ...

Dundee ranked among UK’s top 5 for student satisfaction

3 Jul 2019

Poets pit Scotland’s personality against itself

Some of Scotland’s most famous people, places and products have been pitted against one another as part of a new poetry publication. From Laphroaig versus Buckfast, to Oor Wullie against Black Bob, to Jimmy Shand meeting Jack Bruce, and cullen skink taking on Irn-Bru, the new book Scotia Extremis brings together more than 100 acclaimed Scottish poets to take a sideways look at what makes, and makes up, Scotland. The book is co-edited by Andy Jackson, a poet and medical librarian at the University of Dundee, and Brian Johnstone, founder of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival and wil...

Poets pit Scotland’s personality against itself

2 Jul 2019

Professor Sir Mike Ferguson honoured with a knighthood

Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has today received a knighthood for his services to science. Professor Sir Mike, one of the UK’s most eminent life scientists, received the award at Holyrood on Tuesday 2 July after his accolade was announced in the most recent New Year’s Honours list. He helped establish the University’s Drug Discovery Unit which works with health agencies and pharmaceutical companies to advance new treatments to combat diseases as Chagas’ disease and tuberculosis, including developing an anti-malarial drug now in human t...

Professor Sir Mike Ferguson honoured with a knighthood

2 Jul 2019

University partners with Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company to develop new drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease

The University of Dundee‘s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) has announced a multi-million-pound partnership with Korean-based Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company in a bid to develop a new drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease. This announcement builds upon existing drug discovery partnerships the DDU has with Takeda and GSK. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological disorder, after Alzheimer’s disease, affecting around two people in every 1000 across the population. There are around 6.1 million people worldwide and 120,000 people in the UK living with the condition. A key biol...

University partners with Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company to develop new drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease