10 Dec 2015

DNA repair enzyme mapped in atomic detail

An enzyme crucial to the process of DNA repair in our cells has been mapped in atomic detail by researchers at the University of Dundee, the UK’s top-rated University for Biological Sciences. DNA repair plays a key role in human diseases such as cancer. Researchers say that revealing the 3D molecular structure of a key enzyme involved in this process could be an important step towards developing future drugs. DNA is the genetic `library’ of the cell and is so important that it must be repaired when damaged. It is the only kind of molecule in the cell that is subject to such repair. In one such ...

7 Dec 2015

Christmas Oratorio and cheque presentation

The University of Dundee’s Bach Consort will perform works by the often-overlooked German composer Christoph Graupner this weekend. Until recently, Graupner’s major contribution to Western Classical Music was seen as being the fact that his employer refused him permission to take up a post in Leipzig thus allowing Johann Sebastian Bach to take the position. It was here that Bach composed major works such as the B Minor Mass and his Passion but it meant Graupner faded into obscurity until the rediscovery of his work last century. Due to a dispute over his estate, a large amount of Graupner&rsquo...

Christmas Oratorio and cheque presentation

4 Dec 2015

Award-winning graduate artist launches first solo Dundee show

A new exhibition of drawings and screen prints by award-winning wildlife artist Lara Scouller opens in the University of Dundee’s Tower Foyer gallery tomorrow. Lara graduated with a fine art degree from the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2006 and has since held exhibitions across the UK. However, this new show, ‘AVEM: a journey with birds’,is her first solo exhibition in Dundee, where she still lives and works. The exhibition features a selection of recent work inspired by her time on the John Busby Seabird Drawing Course earlier this year.   ...

Award-winning graduate artist launches first solo Dundee show

4 Dec 2015

Candlelit Carol Service

The University of Dundee’s annual service of Carols by Candlelight will take place on Sunday, 13th December at 5pm in St Paul’s Cathedral. The service takes the form of nine lessons/poems and traditional carols.  The singing will be led by the University Choirs who will also contribute a number of choral pieces.  Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal of the University, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Downes, will host a reception with mince pies and mulled wine after the service. University Chaplain, Rev Dr Fiona Douglas said, “The carol service is one of the highlight of the Univer...

Candlelit Carol Service

3 Dec 2015

£10m award to establish Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science at Dundee

The University of Dundee has been granted a £10million award by the Leverhulme Trust to establish a Research Centre for Forensic Science aimed at shaping the future of the subject and ensuring it remains a vital component of the criminal justice system. Dundee is one of four UK universities – alongside Cambridge, Liverpool and Sheffield – to win the new Leverhulme Research Centre awards. Each centre will be funded for up to £10 million over 10 years, to support fundamental cross-disciplinary research across the whole range of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sub...