University of Dundee. Scottish University of the Year 2017.

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Wednesday 31 January 2018

Student Newsletter Issue 61



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




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.


Did you (or a friend) graduate in 2017?

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 (or someone you know) finished your course (at any university) in 2017 please complete this important survey 

Further information.


eVision Equality & Diversity task now available

A new eVision task is now available for you to complete around Equality & Diversity. Please take a few minutes to respond to our request for information – the University needs this data as part of our obligations under the Equality Act, and to help ensure that our policies and procedures are inclusive.

Log into eVision for more information - the task can be found in Student Resources > Equality and Diversity (HESA).


University news

More news stories and press releases at


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.


Speed renting (Mon 12 Feb)

Have you found a flat but are missing a flatmate or two?

DUSA's free speed renting mixer (Monday 12 February, 19:00-20:00) lets you meet people with similar interests and find that special flatmate. 

On the door you identify if you are looking for a room, or looking for a flatmate, then after that the rest is up to you!

Find out more on Facebook.

If you have any further questions about the event or you have a housing matter please drop an email to




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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. 



Undergraduate Humanities Conference 2018

The Undergraduate Humanities Conference takes place in Dundee on 24 and 25 March. If you’re one of the “New Voices in Humanities”, submit your 200 word abstract to participate and share your ideas with other students from across Scotland. The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 February.

Submit your abstract.


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 aged over 29 with a 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. 

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 ( ).



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.


Speaking up

Rebecca Brown is an English & Creative Writing student - she's blogged about speaking up when it comes to getting your feedback from a tutor.

Read the blog.


Recently on social media

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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 ...


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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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