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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Staff Newsletter Issue 60



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




ISE Learn to Swim - new courses for January

Places are still available on the popular and successful ISE Learn to Swim Programme, which starts this weekend on Saturday 20 January.

There full programme is online, including adult and children's beginner and improver lessons and 1-to-1 lessons.

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Business Transformation selfie competition

The Business Transformation team has a launched a banner ‘selfie’ competition and there are a number of tasty prizes up for grabs - find out what you need to do to win.

There are also a number of blog articles on the team’s website including details of the training delivery plan and a Q&A with Student Programme Manager, Pat Furze.



IT ch-ch-ch-changes

Look out for the IT newsletter next week that will let you know about the many changes heading your way, including:

  • a new and improved IT website
  • a new VPN (Virtual Private Network) for remote access
  • changes in the way you report spam.


Professional Development Mentoring Scheme

OPD is excited to announce the launch of the Professional Development Mentoring scheme.

The scheme:                                         

  • is available to all staff who wish to be mentored or provide mentorship on universal professional skills or aptitudes such as career planning, strategic thinking, work-life balance
  • aims to pair experienced professionals with colleagues at an earlier career stage or juncture, providing guidance and structured support 
  • encourages inter-departmental networks by pairing mentors and mentees from different areas
  • is designed to complement the Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring scheme, which looks at Academic specific skills.

Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 31 January. Find out more and apply.


Health Service opening hours

Until further notice, the Health Service's opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 16:30. 

The service is unable to run STI testing drop-in clinics until further notice. 


University news

More news stories and press releases at


2018 Stephen Fry Awards Winners

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The annual Discovery Days took place last week and, along with some of our newest professors' talks, the winners of the Stephen Fry Awards were announced. 

The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in a range of materials and colours according to the wearers’ preference. The team included Dr Graham Pullin, Dr Andrew Cook and Eddie Small.

Dr Daniel Cook was named Engaged Researcher of the Year in recognition the role he has played in bringing the works of Mary Shelley, H.G.Wells and Jonathan Swift to life for new audiences in Dundee as part of the national Being Human Festival.

Read the full story.


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From Dundee to Disney: A graduate's magical tale

A Dundee graduate, now turned Walt Disney World employee, has become a published academic after her fourth-year Psychology dissertation was printed in a dermatology journal.

Read the full story.



What's on

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Submit your University events online

Don't forget you can submit your University events online to feature them in the What's On listing and weekly email circular. (Remember to check it hasn't been submitted by someone else first!)


Digital Friday

Last Friday saw the launch of the Digital Friday initiative - each week 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.


Scottish Country Dance classes every Wednesday (start 24 Jan)

Scottish Country Dance classes take place every Wednesday evening at the Station Arts Centre (Riverside Drive, DD1 4DB) and everyone is welcome. 

Classes are from 19:30-21:00, cost £4 (students £3), and start on Wednesday 24 January. Please wear casual clothes, soft shoes, and take a bottle of water.

Find out more.

Join the Dundee University Scottish Country Dance Society's Facebook group.


Academic Skills Centre



New website
Have a look at the re-designed website; it’s simpler, clearer and a lot easier to find the information you are looking for, from Sharing Good Practice staff development events to how to enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice course. In the Resources section there is a staff noticeboard, with news on events and research in the wider HE sector.

Q&A discussion with Vice-Principal Professor Karl Leydecker: Evidencing scholarship in your teaching for career progression at the University of Dundee, Friday 19 January, 12:30-13:45pm
As part of our ongoing theme of Scholarship, we are delighted that Karl will be coming along to take your questions about how to evidence Scholarship in your teaching, with a view to career progression. Light lunch included. Book a place.

There are lots of Sharing Good Practice events in the next few months, from writing for publication to the benefits of peer observation of teaching. More information and booking information.

Highlighter newsletter
All academic staff should have received their copy of the 30th edition of Highlighter. With news on activities, the current Quality Enhancement Themes and information about gaining fellowship with the HEA, it should make for an interesting coffee break read! If you didn’t receive a copy contact, or download the electronic version.





Still in touch with recent graduates? We want to hear what they're doing!

Our 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 of summer 2017, please ask them to complete the survey online at

Further information is available at

Any graduates who want help with their career plans have full lifetime access to our award-winning Careers Service – see for details.

CVs and cover letters to be proud of

Market yourself to potential employers and internal positions: come along to this seminar on Tuesday 20 January on how to write effective tailored CVs and cover letters for job applications. Sign up.





Organisational & Professional Development 2018

To help you achieve further success in 2018 please be sure to visit the OPD website for a wide range of opportunities to enhance your personal development, wellbeing, and performance goals.

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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



Leverhulme Research Centre - volunteers needed (aged 35-50)

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science is running a study looking at visual perception in fingerprint examiners, and they are looking for participants for a control group. The study involves a series of visual and cognitive tasks, completed over two one-hour sessions during work hours.

To take part you should be admin or support staff aged 35-50, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and English as your first language.

If you’d like to volunteer or want more information please contact Dr Louisa Miller.


Alcohol consumption habits questionnaire

Verity is a 4th-year student doing a dissertation looking at different alcohol consumption habits between generations and the role of alcohol in British culture. If you have a few minutes to spare, please complete her questionnaire


Share your University Open Day experiences

Have you been visiting other university open days recently, accompanying young people who are making UCAS decisions?  Have you now got a list of likes and dislikes? What do you want out of an open day? What was your highlight?

If you have any thoughts you'd like to share, which could help us to enhance our Open Days, please email them to Ali Clark with the subject line "Open Day Ideas".



A snapshot of blogs from around the University


8 Things to do in Dundee this January

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Feeling the blues after a fun-packed festive season? We’ve rounded up our top eight things to do in our beautiful city this January. 

Read the blog post.



IStructE Speech Competition: Women in STEM

Stephanie Anani, a 2nd-year Civil Engineering student, tells us about her participation in an Institute of Structural Engineers speech competition, where she spoke about Women in STEM. 

Read the blog post.


Recently on social media

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We've been sharing images from our Sports Clubs over the last few days... take a look at our Instagram to see more. 



A little bird told us...

that the Scottish FA is getting a helping hand from Senior Lecturer, Brian Howieson. Check our Tweets for all the latest University news.

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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 31 January - the deadline for information to be included is 16:00 on Friday 26 January.


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