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

15 Jun 2015

Scots sheep farmer spins out new wool business

An Angus sheep farmer is launching a new business after using natural wool to create a luxury product range of cushions, pads, pillows and bedding, with the support of the University of Dundee-led Design In Action project. Julie Hermitage will launch her new company UAN Scotland Ltd at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh on June 18th after being inspired to use natural wool having seen the problems suffered by her own children with asthma and missing sleep. Design In Action has assisted Julie since she attended their Rural Chiasma event in June 2013. The project helps entrepreneurs to create new innovatio...

15 Jun 2015

A super-targeted method of destroying tumour proteins

Scientists at the University of Dundee have developed a super-targeted method of destroying malevolent proteins in tumour cells, removing the threat of collateral damage to surrounding proteins. The research team led by Dr Alessio Ciulli in the College of Life Sciences at Dundee has developed a small molecule that can hone in highly selectively on a single protein, BRD4, which has emerged as an attractive drug target for cancer. BRD4 and its sister proteins BRD2 and BRD3 are members of a group of proteins known as the BET bromodomains. These have previously been identified as being strong targets for drug ...

13 Jun 2015

Knighthood for University Principal

Professor Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Professor Downes has been honoured in recognition of his achievements in higher education and life sciences. “I truly feel this is an award for the whole of the University of Dundee as much as for myself,” said Professor Downes. “I am immensely proud to have been a member of the University of Dundee community for over 25 years, since I arrived here in 1989, and feel extremely privileged to lead the University. I have seen many great things happen here ...

12 Jun 2015

Strathmore Trophy celebrates 20th anniversary

The 20th annual Strathmore Trophy challenge will take place at the University of Dundee next week when pupils from twenty schools across Scotland compete to show their computing prowess. The event, which takes place at the Queen Mother Building on Tuesday, 16th June from 10am, will see teams of four from the S1 age group compete against each other in a challenge set by staff at the University’s School of Computing. This year's topic will be announced on the day, but previous topics have included wearable computers, robot navigation and a digital time capsule. Teams compete for the Strathmore Trophy w...

Strathmore Trophy celebrates 20th anniversary