24 Jun 2019

Intelligent testing could save lives by defusing ticking time bomb of liver disease

A new way of detecting liver disease decades before it can become fatal has been developed by a team of scientists at the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside. It comes as clinicians warn of a `ticking time bomb’ of alcohol-related and obesity-related liver diseases. Liver disease, which is notoriously asymptomatic, has become the second most common cause of death in under 65 year-olds in the UK. Unlike other common causes of death which have begun to decline in recent years, the age-standardised mortality rates for liver disease have risen by nearly 600% since the 1970s. Liver function is routinely ...

Intelligent testing could save lives by defusing ticking time bomb of liver disease

24 Jun 2019

Strathmore Trophy won by Bathgate Academy

Pupils from Bathgate Academy have won the 2019 Strathmore Trophy computing competition. The Bathgate team beat competition from 15 other schools with their plan to use the artificial intelligence technology used by the likes of Alexa and Siri to help people with the most complex disabilities. S2 pupils from across the East of Scotland were challenged to design a new digital assistant for users who are unable to speak. Researchers at the University have for many years been designing applications for people with complex communication impairments, who have poor or no speech and difficulties in using a convent...

Strathmore Trophy won by Bathgate Academy

24 Jun 2019

Mental health support inspires graduate Aleksandra

A University of Dundee graduate who overcame significant and persistent mental health issues during her studies says the experiences are driving her ambition to become a doctor and help others in need of support. Aleksandra Mergo (22) went straight into the second year of her course in 2016 and initially excelled during her time at Dundee. A traumatic experience during a summer visit to her native Poland sparked a series of depressive episodes, however, and she has battled with mental health problems throughout the final two years of her studies. With support from the University’s Disability and Heal...

Mental health support inspires graduate Aleksandra

21 Jun 2019

Rowing legend backs Dundee students to leave Henley rivals in their wake

One of Britain’s greatest Olympians is backing University of Dundee rowers to make a splash at the country’s most prestigious women’s regatta this weekend. Dame Katherine Grainger, a five-time medal-winning rower with Team GB, said she’ll be keeping ‘fingers, toes and everything else crossed’ in support of members of Dundee University Boat Club, who will be competing at this weekend’s Henley Women’s Regatta. The Dundee crew, who affectionately refer to the stretch of the River Tay where they train as ‘the swamp’, are taking part at Henley for the ...

Rowing legend backs Dundee students to leave Henley rivals in their wake

21 Jun 2019

Graduate proves dogs are a pupil’s best friend

Well known for sniffing out crime and aiding the disabled, dogs might soon find themselves a spot in school, according to a Headteacher from a remote school in the Highlands who will graduate from the University of Dundee this week. Miss Islean Gibson, Principal at Kinloch Rannoch Primary School, will graduate on Friday 21 June with a Masters in Leading Learning and Teaching. She says her school’s recent study into the self-efficacy of students when surrounded by canine classmates shows marked improvement in both the academic skills and wellbeing of pupils, as well as the pups. Working with two of he...

Graduate proves dogs are a pupil’s best friend