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Wednesday 31 January 2018

Staff Newsletter Issue 61



  • Announcements
  • University news
  • What's on
  • Opportunities
  • Requests for help
  • Blogs
  • Recently on social media
  • From the editors




Staff Survey 2017 - outcomes

All staff are invited to attend a presentation of the outcomes of the University's Staff Survey 2017.  The presentation will be led by the Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Pamela Milne and the Deputy Director, Julie Strachan.

An overview of the results and information relating to the next steps will be provided.  These presentations are taking place as follows:

  • Wed 14 Feb 2.00pm, Dalhousie Building room LT1
  • Fri 16 Feb 1.00pm, Ninewells Hospital, Gannochy LT
  • Tue 20 Feb 9.30am Dalhousie Building room LT1


Top of the Tower Cafe closure (Mon 12 Feb - Fri 16 Feb)

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Due to minor alterations in the kitchen, the Top of the Tower Cafe will be closed all week beginning Monday 12 February. Apologies for any inconvenience.



Venture Competition 2018 - chance to win £26k

Venture 2018 is a new business idea competition with a prize fund of £26,000. It's open to students, staff and recent graduates. 

In addition to the prize money, there are ten memberships for the 'Emerging Tier' category of the Entrepreneurial Scotland network on offer. Winners will also be offered a place on the three-month summer cohort of Elevator's Dundee accelerator programme.

The final stage of the Venture competition is the live pitching final/prize giving, which will take place on Friday 23 February during Entrepreneurship Week.

Assessment of the finalists by an external judging panel will be based on the Venture 2018 Judging Criteria.

Closing date: midnight Tuesday 6 February.


Free online course for Health and Social Care Design

Tackling Inequalities through Health and Social Care Design launches on Monday 19 February, and offers a professional development opportunity to staff and students across health and social care.

This course - one of our MOOCs - uses case studies, discussions and practical activities to explore what health inequalities are and how practitioners and policymakers can help to reduce them.

Registration is now open.


Still in touch with recent graduates?

University of Dundee graduates are increasingly being recognised as highly employable – 85% of our 2015/16 graduates were in graduate level work or study six months after graduation.

The data we use to create these important statistics and to review our courses and help current students make their career plans comes from a survey that all graduates are asked to complete after they finish their course.

If you are in contact with any graduates from summer 2017, please ask them to complete this important survey.

Further information.

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Business Transformation news

The interim Enquiry Management system was successfully launched on Monday. This is the first part of the roll-out of the Student work stream of OneUniversity. There has been a tremendous amount of hard work from colleagues in the team and across the University to enable the go-live, congratulations to everyone involved.

The Business Transformation website has new blog articles including an interview with change champion Dawn Ingham, how to prepare for the changes that OneUniversity will bring and the activity that’s happening in the Finance & Procurement work stream.



University news

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Dundee student named Young Plant Scientist 2018

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Shumei Wang has been selected as Young Plant Scientist 2018 in the fundamental research category by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

Shumei is a PhD student based at the James Hutton Institute. She was named one of two Young Plant Scientists for 2018 after she discovered a new pathway involved in infection by Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen responsible for potato late blight - one of the major causes of the 1840s potato famine and still a problem worldwide.

Read the full story.



Toolkit empowers citizens to tackle environmental pollution

Residents affected by issues such as noise or air pollution often feel helpless and ignored, but a Dundee-led project is enabling them to gather the facts they need to kick-start change.

Read the full story.


What's on

For all University events, visit


Digital Friday

Each week, Digital Friday will feature a digital application or tool which can assist with teaching, assessment, research, administration, or just help to make your working life easier. So, get organised, get creative and be more digital in 2018.


LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History month. There are lots of events being organised including film screenings, coffee mornings, gym introductions and games nights, to name a few. Contact for more information.


Inclusive Cultures OPD Workshop (Mon 5 Feb)

Universities are a rapidly changing environment with a growing and diverse community. Inclusive Cultures improves awareness of the mechanism and potential consequences of interactions at work, allowing us to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. 

The aim of this workshop is to improve awareness of the mechanisms and potential consequence of interactions at work, to improve self-awareness and allow reflection.

Monday 5 February, 14:00-16:00.

Book your place.




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Valentine's Day on campus

This Valentine's Day, why not send your on-campus love a digital message? We're collecting messages from "Cupid" to display on the TV screens around the University for the day! Send your message to before 5pm on Wednesday 7 February. 



Requests for help



Attitudes and perceptions of food waste in Dundee

Gemma is a fourth-year student in the process of completing her dissertation, investigating the attitudes and perceptions towards food waste amongst the public and businesses in Dundee. If you have a few minutes to spare, please complete her questionnaire.


Volunteers needed for eye scanning project (aged over 29)

Tanatswa is looking for volunteers of European or African background to participate in a study involving an eye scanning project, which aims to build a database of retina structures for certain ethnic groups. Participants will be rewarded with a shopping voucher of their choice. 

If you're aged over 29 please email Tanatswa ( to arrange a convenient time for the eye scan.


How can we use technology to support the bereaved?

Lee is a PhD student at the School of Art & Design, researching how we can use technology to support the bereaved - please help support the study exploring how we can better support the bereaved in the digital age by getting in touch online or by email (


Volunteers needed for alcohol drinking habits focus group

Verity is seeking staff to take part in her dissertation focus group. Her dissertation is about the differing alcohol drinking habits in the UK between generations. It takes less than 30 minutes - if you can help please email Verity (



A snapshot of blogs from around the University


Alumni return to Dundee to take on the Netball Club

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On Friday 12 January alumni from around the world came back to Dundee for a game of netball. The club’s current president, Abbie Dunn, gave us a rundown of the weekend.

Read the blog.



Meet The Enquiry Centre

Ever wondered how The Enquiry Centre might be able to help you and your students? Find out more about the centre and the team on the blog.


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DJCAD student takes over Snapchat

Holly's taken over the University Snapchat this week to show us exactly what goes on in our Art & Design School. Follow her story @dundeeuni.



From the editors ...


If you wish to communicate around the University, this fortnightly newsletter is just one way to do that. Please check our Methods of Internal Communication webpage, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

The next newsletter will be distributed on Wednesday 7 February - the deadline for information to be included is 16:00 on Friday 2 February.


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