13 May 2019

Student’s vision for coffee grounds serves up glasses with specs appeal

A University of Dundee student is brewing up a fashion storm after creating a range of glasses made from coffee grounds. Product Design student Ryan Davren says that his brand ‘Flat White’ is a gold blend of style and sustainability that will satisfy fashionistas and environmental champions alike. Using grounds that would normally be sent to landfill to create the distinctive frames, the 24-year-old from Glasgow’s Bishopbriggs is preparing to showcase his bold concept at this year’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show. After developing his ...

Student’s vision for coffee grounds serves up glasses with specs appeal

13 May 2019

Does DNA always hold the answer?

How important is DNA in court proceedings? While often cited in fiction and on screen, how reliable is an individual’s genetic code in securing a conviction or proving a person’s innocence? These are the questions that will be considered at the University of Dundee’s third and final Crime Café, to take place on Tuesday 14 May. Hosted by Dr Alexander Gray, Principal Investigator at the University’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, and Alex Prentice QC, the duo will also discuss examples of legal importance and what current scientific research could mean for fut...

Does DNA always hold the answer?

13 May 2019

Student’s concept gives oceans a kelp-ing hand against plastic pollution

The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet. But one University of Dundee student is now letting the world’s waterbodies fight back by creating a sea-based sustainable material that could cut down man’s overuse of single-use plastics. Michael Anderson braved the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth to harvest kelp that he has transformed into a substance capable of producing a range of everyday items. The 21-year-old from Glasgow will be displaying some of his ‘Kelp-Weave’ creations at this year’s Duncan of Jordanstone Scho...

Student’s concept gives oceans a kelp-ing hand against plastic pollution

10 May 2019

“I discovered my signature style in Dundee” - Johanna Basford OBE

University of Dundee alumna Johanna Basford OBE has shared how her final year studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) was the key to developing her signature style. The 36-year-old ‘Queen of Colouring-Books’, who has gone on to sell more than 20 million colouring books worldwide, returned to her alma mater last month to see how this years’ students were getting on ahead of their Degree Show as it opens to the public next week. A pioneer of the adult colouring book trend, Johanna graduated with a degree in Textile Design from DJCAD in 2005. She says it was than...

“I discovered my signature style in Dundee” - Johanna Basford OBE

9 May 2019

Setting our sight on infectious diseases

From the 12-15th May, the University of Dundee's Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) is running an international research conference. ‘Setting our Sights on Infectious Diseases’ encapsulates the philosophy of the Centre. At the conference, scientists from around the world will join us in Dundee. Together, we will look at innovative ways to speed up the drug discovery process for infectious diseases. This includes from the start of a drug discovery programme through to clinical studies. Professor Ian Gilbert of WCAIR said, “Our focus will be on diseases that mostly affect ...

Setting our sight on infectious diseases