27 Sep 2018

Public art crucial for communities, says penguin designer

The success of charity art trails highlights the positive effect sculpture can play in bolstering civic pride, a University of Dundee academic has said. Janice Aitken, Associate Dean for Public and Community Engagement at the University‘s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, said that the success of campaigns like the city’s Maggie’s Penguin Parade would also help to inspire future generations of artists. Janice, who created the original design used for the cancer charity’s summer fundraiser, made the comments as she prepares to speak at Dundee Arts Café on Tuesda...

Public art crucial for communities, says penguin designer

26 Sep 2018

Apple pressing core of campus climate week

Image: Laura Cristea, Trudy Cunningham and Aileen Corral get ready for Climate Week Scotland   Students and staff at the University of Dundee will take climate change matters into their own hands with a week of events aimed at promoting sustainability. Daily events including a climate market, a litter pick and an apple pressing picnic will be taking place across the city campus from Monday 1 October until Thursday 5 October. Trudy Cunningham, Environment and Sustainability Officer at the University and who has helped organise the events, said, “Everyone is welcome to join in on our free events n...

Apple pressing core of campus climate week

25 Sep 2018

Student to shave off 33 inches of her hair for cancer support

A University of Dundee student will swap her studies for scissors next month as she cuts off 33 inches of her hair to fundraise for MacMillan Cancer Support. Danielle Naylor, a third-year Art and Philosophy student at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, has decided to honour family members and loved ones who have passed away or are currently battling cancer by cutting off all her hair. Inspired by her nine-year-old niece, Mirryn, who shaved her own hair earlier this month, Danielle hopes to raise more than £700 for MacMillan Cancer Support. The 20-year-old, origi...

Student to shave off 33 inches of her hair for cancer support

24 Sep 2018

Seven-figure boost for Dundee research

University of Dundee scientists have been awarded Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) grants totalling more than £1 million to fund their research into cancer and diabetes. Professor Anton Gartner has received £750,000 of funding while Professor Hari Hundal was also awarded more than £630,000 for a joint project with Robert Gordon University. Of this, £411,233 will be used to fund the Dundee component of the research. Three Postdoctoral positions will be created at Dundee’s School of Life Sciences as a result of both awards. Professor Gartner’s...

Seven-figure boost for Dundee research

24 Sep 2018

Weapons footage arms police with new knowledge

University of Dundee footage showing the devastating effects of firearms is being used as a new means of training to aid the investigation of gun crime. The University’s Dr Michael Brown has been working with the Forensic Services Firearms Section of the Scottish Police Authority as part of a collaboration on improving ways that firearms offences are investigated. Utilising high-speed, ultra-sensitive cameras from the University’s School of Science and Engineering, Dr Brown has been working with scientists to examine the characteristics of different types of weapons and ammunition. Dr Brow...

Weapons footage arms police with new knowledge