18 Jun 2018

Graduate Elisabeth proves it's never too late to learn

She is a former politician who once worked in the glitz of Glasgow’s Theatreland, but an Angus octogenarian is preparing to take centre stage when she graduates from the University of Dundee this week. Elisabeth Hill says that she will feel “incredibly proud” when she receives her Diploma in Higher Education, an achievement the 80-year-old from Brechin claims will rank among the most memorable of her life. However, as she prepares to put on her robes for Friday’s ceremony, the grandmother admits that it was winning her battle against endometrial cancer in 2014 that initially prompte...

Graduate Elisabeth proves it's never too late to learn

15 Jun 2018

Computing whizz kids gear up for university challenge

Scottish school pupils will demonstrate their computing prowess next week when they clash keyboards for the University of Dundee’s Strathmore Trophy. Teams from 15 secondary schools will take part in the annual event on Monday 18 June, which challenges the programmers of tomorrow to complete a complex task set by staff from the University’s Computing department. Teams of four S1 pupils spend a morning at the Queen Mother Building on campus, under the tutelage of the department’s experts. Though the youngsters are only told of their assignment when they arrive, previous challenges have see...

Computing whizz kids gear up for university challenge

15 Jun 2018

Conference aims to revive interest in the essay

An international line-up of academics and literary aficionados will attempt to breathe new life into the essay at a conference hosted by the University of Dundee. Teachers, writers, artists, publishers and journalists from around the world will join secondary school pupils and members of the public for ‘Taking Ideas for a Walk: The 2018 Essay Conference’, aimed at revitalising interest in the form. Beginning on Tuesday 19 June, delegates will gather at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath for the two-day event, hosted by Professor Kirsty Gunn and Dr Gail Low of the University’s English departm...

Conference aims to revive interest in the essay

14 Jun 2018

Satellite images show Storm Hector engulfing Europe

Images captured by the University of Dundee Satellite Receiving Station show the UK and a swathe of Western Europe in the grip of Storm Hector. The image attached shows the storm sweeping in from the Atlantic and engulfing parts of France, southern England and the low countries before passing Scandinavia and swooping down into Scotland and the rest of the UK. Other images can be seen at http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/ftp/Press_Office/2018_06_14_Storm_Hector/. These are free to use but MUST BE CREDITED to 'NEODAAS/University of Dundee'....

Satellite images show Storm Hector engulfing Europe

14 Jun 2018

Raquel over the moon with space summer school

University of Dundee student Raquel Serrano-Calvo is over the moon at the news that she has landed a spot on a two-week space camp at the European Space Agency (ESA) next month. The 30-year-old PhD student from Barcelona said the prestigious placement could help launch her career into remote sensing of the planet by satellites. Raquel, who joined the University in 2016, is currently investigating the impact of hydrocarbons on vegetation through satellite-based sensors in a collaboration between the University’s Geography and Environmental department, School of Science and Engineering and the James Hu...

Raquel over the moon with space summer school