16 May 2018

New heights for Scottish weather station

Real-time weather conditions on one of Scotland’s top nature reserves are now being monitored thanks to a new collaboration between the National Trust for Scotland and the University of Dundee. Researchers from the University and staff from National Trust for Scotland’s Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve have installed an automatic weather station - that digitally collects information on temperature, wind speeds, solar radiation, snow melt and even soil temperature. The Tarmachan ridge and Ben Lawers range are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, and are home to an abundance of...

New heights for Scottish weather station

16 May 2018

Student’s car seat will stop dogs having ‘ruff’ ride

They may be man’s best friend but beloved pet pooches can become lethal projectiles when caught up in car accidents. However, an ingenious new system developed by a University of Dundee student could herald the beginning of safer doggy days out for all when it is unveiled at this year’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show. Minrui Jiao says that her prototype travel system ‘Out Dog’ will satisfy pampered Poodles and lanky Labradors alike, eliminating the threat of injury or death to both animal and human should their vehicle be involved in a...

Student’s car seat will stop dogs having ‘ruff’ ride

15 May 2018

Dundee professor aims to hit right notes for charity

A University of Dundee professor will prove he has plenty more strings to his bow when he conducts a charity concert this weekend. Professor Andrew Evans will lead the Dundee Chamber Orchestra as it raises funds for Roxburghe House. Andrew, a professor of breast imaging at Dundee Medical School, will hope his players hit the right notes when they take to the stage to raise funds for the unit, which provides palliative care for patients in the advanced stages of serious illness. An Honorary Consultant Radiologist with NHS Tayside, he will lead the orchestra for its third concert in as many years at St Paul&...

Dundee professor aims to hit right notes for charity

15 May 2018

Dundee student’s ‘Meta’ way of valuing data

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has focused the world’s attention on how personal data is utilised in modern society, but just how valuable is your own digital footprint? That is the question one University of Dundee student has attempted to answer after creating a device that places a price on the information stored on people’s mobile phones. ‘Meta’ is the brainchild of Product Design student Cameron Watt, who says he wants people to have a greater awareness of how their personal data is collected and used. The 21-year-old, from East Lothian, is encouraging visitors to this year&rs...

Dundee student’s ‘Meta’ way of valuing data

14 May 2018

Education key to tackling Scotland’s apathy towards mental health

Education is critical to tackling apathy in Scotland towards mental health issues, two leading campaigners have said. Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn will talk about their work and the mental health hurdles facing society when they appear as the latest guest speakers at the University of Dundee’s Saturday Series. The pair, who met a decade ago as Jonny threatened to take his own life, will recall the event that brought them together and how that chance encounter changed both of their lives. Ahead of their appearance at the University’s Dalhousie Building on Saturday 19 May, Jonny said that...

Education key to tackling Scotland’s apathy towards mental health