1 Jun 2016

Researchers work with BBC to help dementia patients enjoy conversation

Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews have collaborated with the BBC to help people who live with dementia and their carers to have mutually enjoyable conversations. The broadcaster is exploring a number of ways its extensive archive can be used for the public good and asked Dundee’s Dr Norman Alm to assist them as a result of his extensive research into the benefits of reminiscence work. The Dundee-St Andrews CIRCA (Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid) Project team, of which Dr Alm is a member, have been working together for some time on using technology to su...

Researchers work with BBC to help dementia patients enjoy conversation

1 Jun 2016

University pedalling forward with new award

Cyclists from the University of Dundee community, including its Rector, the world-renowned adventurer, Mark Beaumont, will this week receive an award recognising the institution’s efforts to promote sustainable travel. Cycling Scotland will present the Cycle Friendly Campus Award on Friday, 3rd June. The award, which has been supported with funding from Transport Scotland, celebrates the achievements of Scottish universities which promote cycling as an accessible and convenient travel choice. Cycling Scotland’s Development Officer Paul Wright, who will present the award, explained, “Cycli...

University pedalling forward with new award

30 May 2016

Professor Vicki Hanson elected President of Association for Computer Machinery

The University of Dundee’s Professor Vicki Hanson has been elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest computing society. Professor Hanson is Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University and her distinguished career has seen her research issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people. She is currently investigating care home design and technology in support of resident mobility and wellness. ACM is a volunteer-led society and Professor Hanson will continue her university research in addition to her duties during her two-year spell as Pr...

Professor Vicki Hanson elected President of Association for Computer Machinery

27 May 2016

New ice hockey scholarship student makes it a trio from Canada.

The University of Dundee has announced its new Dundee Stars ice hockey scholarship student. Justin Faryna from Alberta, Canada will start at the School of Business next semester to complete a fully funded place on the MSc Management programme. He was named player of the year for the Dundee Stars this season, and was also their top scorer. Justin will be added to a trio of Canadian players who have been sponsored by the University, with this season’s player Lou Dickenson from Ontario and 2014/15’s player Marc Cheverie from Nova Scotia. Justin said, “Being the third Canadian to be spon...

New ice hockey scholarship student makes it a trio from Canada.

27 May 2016

Parasites' winner-takes-all mechanism to evade immune defences

A genetic game of `winner takes all’ that sustains the parasitic infections which cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle – devastating diseases particularly in rural areas of Africa - has been identified in a research breakthrough led by the University of Dundee. African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, affects both humans and animals and has a destructive impact, particularly in rural areas. The disease in humans is typically lethal without therapy and in cattle is the most economically important livestock disease in Africa. The disease parasite is usually transmitted thr...

Parasites' winner-takes-all mechanism to evade immune defences