13 Aug 2015

Multilateral action required to prevent economic and ecological damage of invasive species

Invasive alien species (IAS) cost the UK and Irish economies almost £7 billion each year, according to new research from the University of Dundee. Tony Jackson, an Honorary Research Fellow in the University’s School of Social Sciences, calculated the damages to the use and non-use values of ecosystem services caused by alien species using evidence from a recent study undertaken for the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland. His paper, published in the International Journal of Sustainable Society, shows the figure for economic damage dwarfs the sum spent by the British and Irish governmen...

Multilateral action required to prevent economic and ecological damage of invasive species

12 Aug 2015

Rock climbers consistently risking injury and pain to maximise performance

Rock climbers are routinely putting themselves at risk of pain and injury by wearing footwear several sizes too small for them, according to new research from the University of Dundee. It had been known for many years that some rock climbers wore ill-fitting and excessively tight footwear during climbing activity in order to maximise performance on small grips but scant evidence existed regarding the extent or harm of this practice. The Dundee research found that footwear deemed significantly ill-fitting was found in 55 out of 56 rock climbers. Foot pain during activity was also commonplace in 91 per cent ...

Rock climbers consistently risking injury and pain to maximise performance

12 Aug 2015

Dundee top in Scotland in 2015 National Student Survey

The University of Dundee has been ranked top in Scotland and 15th in the UK in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS). Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) remains the top university students’ union in Scotland and fourth in the UK in this year’s poll, strengthening its grip on these positions. This result, combined with being top in Scotland in the Times Higher Student Experience Survey for the past six years, cements the University of Dundee’s claim to be the leading University in Scotland for Student Experience, and positions it firmly in the top 20 in the UK. The Unive...

Dundee top in Scotland in 2015 National Student Survey

11 Aug 2015

Research offers clues to Parkinson’s disease causes and potential drug target

A stage-by-stage picture of a key cellular mechanism associated with the development of Parkinson’s Disease has been captured for the first time by a research team led by the University of Dundee.  The findings give further understanding of the possible causes of Parkinson’s disease and offer potential for multiple targets for therapeutics to be developed.  Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder with severe motor and non-motor symptoms. There are several genes associated with PD, with autosomal recessive juvenile Parkinsonism (ARJP) being the most prevalent inh...

Research offers clues to Parkinson’s disease causes and potential drug target

10 Aug 2015

Fulbright students return to US with new insights into Scotland

Ten American undergraduates have returned to the USA after a five-week exchange visit to Scotland, hosted by the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, which offered them a valuable insight into Scottish identity, culture and innovation. From 5th July – 8th August, the students took part in the prestigious Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute, an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and cultural study visits exploring Scotland’s contribution to shaping the world and its place in today’s global society. The packed programme, led by senior academic staff, curators and guest speakers. i...

Fulbright students return to US with new insights into Scotland