17 Oct 2016

‘Orchard City’ to be celebrated

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden will this weekend bring dancers, musicians, storytellers and civic groups together to celebrate the city’s first Community Harvest. The event, which takes place from 11am-3pm on Saturday, 22nd October, will be hosted by Dundee Urban Orchard, an art and horticulture project aiming to raise awareness of food sustainability. Since 2013, it has worked with community groups and cultural organisations to plant 25 orchards across the city. Locations include schools, community centres, and museums while those leading the project have also organised art workshops explor...

‘Orchard City’ to be celebrated

17 Oct 2016

Student returns to campus 80 years after graduating

The University of Dundee welcomed back one of its oldest living graduates when she returned to campus to visit the D’Arcy Thomson Zoology Museum. At 101 years-old, Mrs Anne Walden who was an undergraduate from 1932 to 1936, may well be the University’s oldest living graduate. Mrs Walden’s visit also marked her return to her birthplace. Born and raised on Balfour Street, where student accommodation halls now stand, Anne went on to not only study but also teach at the University. Captain of the Athletics team as an undergraduate, Anne graduated in 1936, with a first class honours degree in ...

Student returns to campus 80 years after graduating

14 Oct 2016

Dundee landmark inspires student to win fashion competition

A University of Dundee student found inspiration from a Dundee landmark to help win a top design competition.  Fourth year Textile Design student Julie Mapes has won cashmere company Brora’s annual ‘Wool Week’ competition. She designed a Lambswool jumper which captures the scenic views of an industrialised British landscape, using the image of smoking chimneys set against a colourful horizon using geometric design. She took her inspiration from the buildings around her, including the Cox’s Stack in Lochee, Dundee. Julie’s jumper is now available to buy on the Brora’...

Dundee landmark inspires student to win fashion competition

11 Oct 2016

Literacy in translation - The Dundee Literary Festival focuses on language.

Language, how it brings people together, and what it might look like in the future will be explored at this year’s Dundee Literary Festival.  There will be several events during the festival’s run that shows the strength of bringing different countries and cultures together. ‘Sunlight and Shadows’ will see Panopticon author Jenni Fagan, South Korean author Hwang Jungeun and Man Booker International Prize-winning translator Deborah Smith discuss the creation of vivid award-winning words. This will take place at the Bonar Hall on Wednesday, 19th October at 6pm. On Friday, 21st Oc...

Literacy in translation - The Dundee Literary Festival focuses on language.

9 Oct 2016

Why are our cells the size they are?

New research from the University of Dundee has discovered that cells of average size are the Olympic athletes of the cellular world, performing better than those which are too big or two small. When cells and tissue are observed under the microscope, the size of the cells is one of the most obvious features. However, while cells are small in general, cell size varies from one cell type to another - a muscle cell for example is much bigger than a white blood cell. The research by the team in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee now sheds light on the question of why animal cells are of certain size. It has...

Why are our cells the size they are?