23 Feb 2017

Study reveals children’s favourite books and authors – and literacy challenges

A study of UK children’s reading habits led by the University of Dundee’s Professor Keith Topping has identified a nationwide literacy challenge in the education system. The 2017 What Kids Are Reading Report, compiled by education assessment provider Renaissance UK, analysed the reading habits of 848,219 young people across almost 4,000 schools. It found that Roald Dahl’s classic ‘The Twits’ is the most frequently read book by primary school pupils while Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School’ is most read in secondary school, closely followed by Dav...

Study reveals children’s favourite books and authors – and literacy challenges

23 Feb 2017

Smoke alarm research may help to save children’s lives

Study shows children respond to different smoke alarm tones and frequencies than adults Boys and girls appear to be woken by different combinations of sounds Families being asked to take part in trial of a new smoke alarm sound Researchers from the University of Dundee are seeking hundreds of families to help them trial a new smoke alarm sound aimed specifically at waking children. The number of lives lost as a result of fires has fallen by half since home usage of smoke alarms became widespread. However, there is evidence to suggest that some children do not wake to commonly used smoke alarms. This has...

Smoke alarm research may help to save children’s lives

22 Feb 2017

Research suggests new model of chronic disease

Genes play a key role in determining whether someone experiences multiple chronic diseases, according to new research led by the University of Dundee. Chronic pain, depression and heart disease are three of the commonest causes of disability, and are becoming more prevalent. People are also increasingly likely to suffer from more than one chronic disease, resulting in greater disability.  While age, gender, social circumstances and lifestyle are known to increase susceptibility to multiple causes of disability the exact reason why some people suffer from several chronic diseases and others don’t...

Research suggests new model of chronic disease

20 Feb 2017

Universities ready to vie for Varsity

The elite of university sporting talent will do battle across more than a dozen sports as the annual Varsity tournament returns to Dundee. Old rivalries will be resumed on Wednesday, 15th March when the University of Dundee and Abertay University teams face-off in a series of eagerly anticipated matches at the Institute of Sport and Exercise and the University of Dundee's riverside pitches. Varsity is the biggest amateur sporting event on the Dundee calendar with more than 600 students taking part over a full day for the coveted Tay Varsity Challenge Trophy. For the first time, Ultimate Frisbee a...

Universities ready to vie for Varsity

17 Feb 2017

‘Brutally murdered’ Pictish man brought back to life by CAHID team

Researchers from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) have reconstructed the face of a Pictish man they showed to have been brutally murdered 1,400 years ago. Archaeologists excavating a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, were astonished to find the skeleton of a man buried in a recess of the cave. The body had been placed in an unusual cross-legged position, with large stones holding down his legs and arms. The bones were sent to CAHID’s world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black, whose team – including Dr Christopher Rynn a...

‘Brutally murdered’ Pictish man brought back to life by CAHID team