9 May 2019

Balancing art and motherhood a labour of love for Iliana

All art students face several arduous years dedicated to their creative labours but for Iliana Francia-Elliott, who found out she was pregnant with her second child partway through her studies, the journey was particularly tough. Iliana is one of around 300 graduating student exhibiting at this year’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show, which opens next weekend. The exhibition comes just over two years since Iliana gave birth to her son Danny, little brother to Kayleigh (8). Though delighted by the news, Iliana’s joy was tempered slightly by the reali...

Balancing art and motherhood a labour of love for Iliana

9 May 2019

‘Disturbing’ scale of plastic pollution revealed

Research carried out at the University of Dundee has shown the scale of plastic pollution in the Firth of Forth to be much worse than previously thought. The study was carried out by Suzanne Grimes as part of her undergraduate dissertation last year. After examining 16 coastal locations either side of the Forth estuary, she retrieved a total of 20,281 pieces of plastic from a total area of just 48m2. Worryingly, 71.51% of this pollution was in the form of nurdles, small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil that are melted down to make plastic products. The area is home to plastics manufacturers, sugg...

‘Disturbing’ scale of plastic pollution revealed

9 May 2019

New exhibition to mark life of trailblazing teacher

The life and work of a pioneering textile artist, designer and teacher is to be celebrated in the next exhibition at the University of Dundee’s Lamb Gallery. Marion Stewart taught embroidery and stitched textile design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art for 25 years, inspiring a generation of students. Born as Marion Gracie in Glasgow in 1931, she studied at the Glasgow School of Art under influential tutor Kathleen Whyte, and taught in Glasgow and at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen before coming to Dundee in 1959. Matthew Jarron, University Museum Curator, said, “As a teacher, Mari...

New exhibition to mark life of trailblazing teacher

8 May 2019

Professor Andreas Melzer named Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Andreas Melzer, of the University of Dundee, has been elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Fellows are been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society. Andreas Melzer is Professor of Medical Technology at the University and Founding Director of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT), a ...

Professor Andreas Melzer named Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

8 May 2019

Surgical training first for rural doctors

Medics from the University of Dundee will next week embark on a road trip that will see them teach surgical skills to doctors in the most remote part of Scotland for the first time. The team from Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) will be working from NHS Education for Scotland’s Mobile Skills Unit which provides simulation-based training for all kinds of NHS staff across the country. DIHS will be delivering surgical courses to GPs in Shetland on 16 and 17 May. This is the first time that surgical techniques will be taught from the Mobile Skills Unit, which has primarily been used to t...

Surgical training first for rural doctors