11 Aug 2017

Book Prize winner returns to Dundee

US author Jessica Thummel, winner of last year’s Dundee International Book Prize, will return to the city next week to celebrate the launch of her debut novel. Jessica’s winning entry, The Cure For Lonely, earned her £5000, a publishing deal with Freight Books and a week’s protected writing time in Scotland as part of the prize. As well as writing and exploring Dundee during her time in Scotland, Jessica will appear at Edinburgh International Book Festival to promote her book, which was published last month to critical acclaim. The Cure For Lonely is the coming-of-age story of Sam G...

Book Prize winner returns to Dundee

11 Aug 2017

Double dose of Dee Con for Dundee

Thousands of costumed characters will provide a colourful welcome to this year’s new University of Dundee students when Dee Con, the city’s largest ‘geek-off’ returns next month. Superheroes, video game stars and anime characters will bring a splash of colour to the city next month when Dee Con will be held as part of the new THIS Festival in the West Ward Works, a former comic printing factory, on Saturday, 9th September. The new intake of almost 3,000 students from around the world will be arriving in Dundee in the week leading up to the event. Dee Con has traditionally been held ...

Double dose of Dee Con for Dundee

10 Aug 2017

Solar flares dazzle at Mills Observatory

Solar experts from the University of Dundee joined citizen scientists to observe the mysteries of our Sun at Mills Observatory this week. Members of the public were invited to experience a solar storm in virtual reality and view spectacular images of the Sun captured by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of the Wednesday Wonders series held by the University in collaboration with Leisure and Culture Dundee. Experts such as Dr Alexander Russell, a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University, were on hand to answer any questions the budding astronomers had about the 4.5-billion-year-old star. He said, ...

Solar flares dazzle at Mills Observatory

9 Aug 2017

Dundee top in UK for providing ideas behind inventions

University of Dundee research is the best in the UK at influencing innovation, according to a new report published today. The Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement sheds new light on the impact academic research is having on innovation by examining how research articles are cited in third-party patents across the world. By looking at patents owned by third parties – informed by and citing academic work – rather than those held by institutions themselves, the influence of research on the development of products and services is exposed. The supplement’s tables contain some of the key acad...

Dundee top in UK for providing ideas behind inventions

9 Aug 2017

Dundee ranked in UK’s top 10 for student satisfaction

The University of Dundee is ranked 9th in the UK in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS), achieving a top 10 place for a second successive year. The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90 per cent, well above the sector average of 84 per cent, and was ranked 2nd in Scotland. These positive results follow on from the University being given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the results of which were published in June.  The survey, completed by 80 per cent of final year students, asks 27 questions across eight themes relat...

Dundee ranked in UK’s top 10 for student satisfaction