7 Sep 2015

Thousands of students arrive for Freshers Week 2015

The University of Dundee this week welcomes over 3000 new students from almost 90 countries for the new academic year. Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, is leading the traditional greeting ceremony in the Caird Hall today, Monday, 7th September. It takes place as part of Freshers Week 2015, a range of events organised to ensure that starting life at Dundee is made as easy as possible for the new arrivals. “It is always an immense pleasure to be able to welcome our new students to the University, whether they are from Dundee, elsewhere in Scotland and the UK o...

3 Sep 2015

£2million Jacqui Wood Campaign draws to a close

The Ninewells Cancer Campaign, which has raised in excess of £20million to support cancer research and treatment in Dundee, is celebrating the successful conclusion of its latest fundraising drive. The Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, on the University of Dundee Medical School campus at Ninewells Hospital, stands as tribute to the work done by Jacqui, who was Chairman of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign from its foundation in 1991 until her sad death in May 2011. The Ninewells Cancer Campaign launched a £2million fundraising drive to support the new Centre in 2012 to commemorate Jacqui. This campaign ha...

3 Sep 2015

Student athletes get set for season ahead

Around 300 University of Dundee athletes from 25 sports will this weekend return from the summer holiday early to begin a six-day training camp designed to get them in peak physical condition ahead of the new season. The Warm-Up Week runs from Saturday 5th until Thursday, 10th September and will see the students take part in sport-specific training sessions alongside a range of conditioning sessions and workshops on topics such as nutrition and lifestyle management. This is the fifth annual Warm-Up session prior to the students returning to classes and the largest to date, with more students and clubs taki...

Student athletes get set for season ahead

2 Sep 2015

Droning on – University entrepreneur aims for world record

A University of Dundee-based entrepreneur is aiming to set a new world record by sending a drone on the longest ever hydrogen-powered flight for an unmanned aircraft. Trias Gkikopoulos, from Greece, is a researcher in Life Sciences at the University but he also has a passion for aviation and is a keen pilot as well as a designer of small aircraft. He has designed and built an ultra-efficient drone with which he plans to smash the existing world record. “The current distance record is around 120 kilometres, set in the USA, but I think we can get over 400 km,” said Trias. “My aircraft has a...

2 Sep 2015

Thousands set to start `Identifying the dead’

Thousands of amateur forensic investigators are set to start unpicking a Val McDermid-penned mystery next week in a massive open online course launched by the University of Dundee. The free online course - `Identifying The Dead: forensic science and human identification’ – has already attracted more than 16,000 participants ahead of its launch on Monday September 7th. There is still plenty of time to sign up as organisers say anyone wanting to take part can join the course any time before September 20th. Participants do not require any specialist knowledge and the course is suitable for anyone ...