19 Jun 2015

Stop and search pilot evaluation published

Researchers at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University have published a report evaluating a new approach to stop and search piloted by Police Scotland. The research was carried out by Dr Megan O’Neill, from Dundee, and Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Liz Aston. It commends Fife Division for their efforts to make stop and search more effective and address public concerns about the measures and highlights elements of the pilot, which can be regarded as good practice. The authors also make 19 recommendations for improvement, including how to deal with problematic aspects of consensual searc...

Stop and search pilot evaluation published

19 Jun 2015

RIAS Design Tutor Award for Dr Neil Burford

Dr Neil Burford, of the University of Dundee, has won the bi-annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Design Tutor award (2014-2016). Dr Burford has been recognised by RIAS for his outstanding talents in teaching in Architecture & Planning at the University. He has co-led a pioneering research and teaching project, the MacroMicro Studio, in the University’s Botanic Garden. This is a zero-carbon research-led teaching studio which has designed and built a small prototype 'off-grid' building, with students engaged throughout the project. Dr Burford said, “I am absol...

17 Jun 2015

Discovery of a novel antimalarial compound published in Nature

The details of the discovery, properties and mechanism of action of a novel antimalarial compound, DDD107498, have been published in the journal Nature. DDD107498 has the potential to treat malaria patients in a single dose, including those with malaria parasites resistant to current medications, and help reduce the transmission of the parasite. The compound was identified through a collaboration between the University of Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). “The publication describes the discovery and profiling of this exciting new compound,” said P...

17 Jun 2015

Public must be at forefront of decisions over gas development in Scotland - report

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has published a wide-ranging report into options for Scotland’s gas future, calling for the public to be given a genuine opportunity to influence the decision-making process and be provided with meaningful information. The report follows a Scottish Government announcement in January of a temporary moratorium on unconventional gas development, including the use of fracking, to allow for a national debate. Professor Peter Cameron, Director of the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, contributed to the report. Profes...

15 Jun 2015

Roddy Doyle in conversation on 24th June

Best-selling and award-winning writer Roddy Doyle will discuss his celebrated career ahead of receiving an honorary degree from the University of Dundee next week. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost contemporary novelists, Doyle will deliver the Honorary Graduate lecture at the Dalhousie Building on Wednesday, 24th June. He will have the title of Doctor of Laws bestowed upon him during the University’s graduation ceremony the following day. Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including the Barrytown Trilogy, two collections of stories, two books of dialogues and Ro...

Roddy Doyle in conversation on 24th June