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

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