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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Staff Newsletter Issue 62



  • Announcements
  • University news
  • What's on
  • Academic Skills Centre
  • Opportunities
  • Blogs
  • Recently on social media
  • From the editors




£26k Venture Competition 2018

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Stage 1 of the University’s £26k Venture 2018 new business idea competition closed last week, receiving 52 applications (up from 41 last year). Entries came from all nine of the University’s Schools demonstrating a growing appetite for entrepreneurship. The live pitching final will feature keynotes and workshops from V&A Dundee, Coca-Cola 5by20, Entrepreneurial Scotland and Elevator. Register for free tickets.



Saturday Series 2018

The Saturday Series 2018 programme has been announced and can now be viewed online

Organisational & Professional Development would like to draw your attention to as a way to develop your employability, encourage workplace learning and develop excellent performance and outcomes.


Have you downloaded the Library app?

Downloading the Library App allows you to

  • access to Main Library if you forget your card
  • keep track of your library account
  • search for online and print resources
  • book a library room

Find out what else the app can do - search “University of Dundee Library” in your app store.

Download on the App Store.

Get it on Google Play.


Digital Friday

Each week, Digital Friday features 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.


University news

More news stories and press releases at


Dundee to share in £54 million funding

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Health Data Research UK is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK – with a further £24 million to be invested in upcoming activities – to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science. We're part of a Scottish collaboration forming one of the six centres. 

Read the full story.



What's on

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Annual Lecture in Entrepreneurship with Mark Beaumont BEM

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World record-breaking adventurer and University Rector, Mark Beaumont BEM will give his insights into what makes a successful entrepreneur as part of University of Dundee's Entrepreneurship Week 2018. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday 21 February, 6pm, Dalhousie Building. Book your place.

This event is part of University of Dundee Entrepreneurship Week 2018. #ThinkAskAct



Staff Survey 2017 presentations - reminder

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

Thereafter, results for Schools and Directorates will be communicated at the local level. 


Delivering Enterprise in the Curriculum (Mon 19 Feb)

In this interactive workshop, Professor David Gibson will share this method of embedding enterprise, which will enable an educator at any level and from any discipline to embed enterprise within their subject area, with high impact for the students and the University. A discussion will follow. Book your free place.

This event is part of the University of Dundee Entrepreneurship Week 2018, which is being held to coincide with Dundee Business Week supporting businesses, enterprise and entrepreneurship across the city. #ThinkAskAct


Academic Skills Centre



Honorary Graduates’ Award for Inclusive Practice

Submissions are now welcome for this prestigious award, which recognises and promotes the provision of inclusive practice across the University. The award is open to both teaching staff and those based in central services, and takes the form of a £1000 practice development fund.

More information.


Help your students to help themselves

Did you know that all students have access to the online Exam Revision Toolkit? It’s available on My Dundee (under My Organisations), and is packed with useful tips and advice on everything from managing revision to exam strategy, as well as more practical guidance on staying positive and managing stress. Please spread the word.




Name the dog competition - £100 prize

Disability Services has purchased a Black Dog statue for the University, a campaign which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourages people to seek help early, rather than suffering in silence. Once commissioned, our Black Dog will be sited at various different locations across the campus to maintain awareness. The only trouble is, he doesn't have a name.

We want to involve students and staff in raising awareness and helping change perceptions of mental illness - if you'd like to take part in this competition, email your suggestions for the dog's name to Disability Services ( by Friday 23 February - the winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.

Need some inspiration? Heriot Watt University has Watt Woof and the University of St Andrews has Harry.



A snapshot of blogs from around the University


5 reasons to go Global

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Our students have documented the Common Purpose recent trip to Dubai on the One Dundee blog. Read the blog.



Design Sprints with the Web Team

As part of the Web Team's continuing work on the new University website, they are undertaking a series of Design Sprints. These are fun, interactive sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members.

A Design Sprint is a structured ‘design thinking’ process that translates business objectives into actionable insights in just a few days. The aim of each Sprint is to fully understand a problem and generate design ideas as possible solutions.

Find out more on the blog.

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Why on Earth would you study in Scotland?

Student blogger, Hanneke Maclaren tells us (and her Dutch friends) why studying in Scotland - particularly, at Dundee - is definitely a good idea. Read the blog.



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Dundee goes to Malaysia

Dr Kim Dale (Life Sciences) and Professor Fordyce Davidson (Science & Engineering) have been in Malaysia with colleagues attending STEM events to promote Dundee and the work we do. They had a warm welcome at Epsom College where they gave a talk to students, showing them what we offer here, before visiting other schools to give further talks and host lab activities. They've also been busy meeting with alumni. Stay tuned to @dundeeuni on Twitter for more updates.



From the editors ...


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