27 Apr 2017

Wellcome backs Dundee and GSK in neglected diseases drug quest

The University of Dundee has been awarded £7.9 million by the Wellcome Trust for a joint project with GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) to boost efforts to find new drugs to treat some of the world’s most devastating parasitic diseases - visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis, and Chagas’ disease. These neglected diseases cause substantial suffering and an estimated 60,000 deaths annually world-wide. The funding will enable the established Dundee/GSK team to continue their work to develop novel drugs to treat these diseases over the next five years. It follows the announcement of £13.6 million fr...

Wellcome backs Dundee and GSK in neglected diseases drug quest

26 Apr 2017

Dundee ranked in UK’s top 30 in new Complete University Guide

The University of Dundee has risen six places in the Complete University Guide league table and now sits 29th in the UK in the 2018 rankings. Dundee has climbed 20 places in the survey since 2015 and the University features in the UK’s Top Ten for six of the subjects it teaches in this year’s guide. The rise reflects Dundee’s strong performance across a range of indicators. This latest accolade comes on the back of Dundee being ranked as the top young university in the UK and one of the best young higher education institutions in the world. The University has been named The Times & Su...

Dundee ranked in UK’s top 30 in new Complete University Guide

25 Apr 2017

‘Eco-treehouse’ could be future of home building

A University of Dundee researcher has worked with architects to produce conceptual designs for a luxury ‘eco-treehouse’ capable of housing a family, regulating its own temperature and functioning on a self-maintaining, low-energy cycle. Civil Engineering lecturer Dr Anthony Leung has devised a conceptual building in order to demonstrate how modern urban development and environmental protection need not be mutually antagonistic. His sustainable design makes use of advanced engineering concepts to work with, rather than against, nature. Conventional building materials are eschewed in favour of su...

‘Eco-treehouse’ could be future of home building

24 Apr 2017

Dundee Botanic Garden to get apprentice thanks to donation

The University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden is to get a new apprentice over the summer thanks to a donation from a conservation charity. Plant Heritage has donated £500 that will enable a horticultural student to spend time protecting endangered plants at the site. The student will be responsible for looking after the Garden’s Scottish plants that are currently under threat. The charity’s aim is to keep rare plants growing with the help of skilled amateur and professional gardeners trained in plant conservation skills. Curator of the Botanic Garden, Alasdair Hood, said, “This is...

Dundee Botanic Garden to get apprentice thanks to donation

24 Apr 2017

‘Alpaca-lypse’ approaches the University of Dundee

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) are taking the reins of an adorable ‘alpaca-lypse’ next month as they welcome a herd of fluffy friends to campus in time for exam season. The alpacas, raised at Bowbridge Alpaca Farm in Fife, are coming to campus on Friday, 5th May to destress students as the academic year draws to its testing conclusion. Recent studies have shown that people who come in contact with cute animals not only get an increase in dopamine, the same chemical released when we fall in love, but also they focus better on tasks that required concentration afterwards. Th...

‘Alpaca-lypse’ approaches the University of Dundee