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Wednesday 11 April 2018

Student Newsletter issue 66




Welcome website

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We're preparing for the arrival of the Aug / Sep cohort of new students, and we want to make sure that they can find out about as many activities that are taking place as possible. If your student society is organising anything in Freshers Week, please email and we'll work out how best to promote you.



Don’t take the bait…

Spam and phishing emails continue to circulate to and from email addresses. To clarify, you don’t need to contact IT if you’ve:

  • Received a spam/phishing email, have reported it to Microsoft, and have deleted it from your Deleted Folder
  • Interacted with a spam/phishing email on your personal device, have followed the What to do if you’ve interacted with a spam or phishing email guide, but haven’t given your credentials to the spammers
  • Received an email tagged with UNVERIFIED SENDER that you’ve checked or are sure is legitimate

Continue to report spam/phishing emails to Microsoft and familiarise yourself with the IT Service guides on the website.


University news

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Celebrating Dundee’s flat screen innovators

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The work of Professors Walter Spear and Peter LeComber in the 1970s and 1980s directly led to the world of flat screens and smartphones we live in today.

Now their pioneering work has been recognised by the US-based Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), the largest technical professional organisation in the world.

Read the full story.



Graduate ready for ‘toughest footrace on earth’

Architecture graduate Stewart Bell has just embarked on the Marathon Des Sables, where he will experience temperatures of up to 50 degrees centigrade as he attempts to run more than 150 miles across shifting sand dunes and white-hot salt plains.

Read the full story.


What's on

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A Legacy of Art and Design in Dundee (14 Apr - 23 Jun)

Since 2003, the William S. Phillips’ Fund has supported over 40 postgraduates with bursaries to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. 

This major exhibition commemorates 15 years of this funding with a wide-ranging collection of work by the recipients of the awards as well as some examples of work by William Phillips’ father, Charles Gustav Louis Phillips.

The exhibition, organised by Josephine Jules Andrews (course tutor, School of Humanities) in collaboration with Museum Services celebrates the extraordinary vibrancy of the history of art and design in Dundee and its continuing influence through the wide-ranging work of these contemporary artists and designers.

The exhibition is supported by the William S. Phillips’ Fund and the Dundee Heritage Trust who have lent examples of work by Charles Gustav Louis Phillips.

A Legacy of Art and Design in Dundee - The William S. Phillips' Fund Bursaries runs from 14 April - 23 June in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm / Sat 1pm-5pm. 


Secrets of the Sea (Thu 19 April)

Students, staff and sub aqua enthusiasts have the chance to learn tricks of the trade from one of the UK’s foremost underwater photographers.

Gavin Anderson, who has more than 30 years of experience capturing the likes of Great White Sharks, Leafy Sea Dragons and Fur Seals under the surf, will present a lecture on some of his most exhilarating experiences.

Book a place.


Exam time at the Enquiry Centre

Donut Day! (Fri 27 April)

Survived the first week of exams? Then you deserve a treat - there are 100 free iced donuts available from the Enquiry Centre from 10am. Get them while they last! 

Zingy Fruit Salad Bar with Naughty Toppings (Tue 15 May)

Need a vitamin boost? Then help yourself to the fresh fruit salad bar in the Enquiry Centre on  Tuesday 15 May. There will be lots of delicious fruit pieces with a range of naughty toppings to choose from. Available from 11am until the fruit runs out.

Relax, Refresh, Recharge (Mon 23 April - Fri 18 May)

Don't forget that it's important to take regular study breaks. If you need to get away from your books then pop into the Enquiry Centre and relax in our oasis of calm. Try the jigsaw, colouring in books, pom-pom making, mini Japanese Zen gardens and listen to the calming trickle of water from our mini water fountain. Ahhhh. 

These are free events to help our students through their exams.


Careers Service


Nursing and Healthcare Recruitment Fair 2018

The Nursing and Healthcare Recruitment Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to speak directly to a range of employers and find out about jobs on offer. All undergraduate and graduate nurses are invited.

Alongside our nursing colleagues, any current students who would like care experience to support a future application to psychology, nursing, allied health professions or medicine are welcome to attend. 

This is a busy, exciting and extremely popular event - you can watch a video of last year’s fair online.

Sign up or find out more.

Wednesday 25 April, 11am-2pm, Bonar Hall.




PAMIS picnic recipe book

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The PAMIS Picnic Recipe Book is launching in May to mark the end of the charity's 25th anniversary.

If you have any picnic recipes you are willing to share, they would love to hear from you. Recipes can be emailed to Lesley Gray at or posted to PAMIS, 15/16 Springfield, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4JE.

The deadline is mid-April.

Promoting a More Inclusive Society, PAMIS, is a small charity on the University of Dundee Campus covering most of Scotland. 



Maggie’s Penguin Parade competition

For 10 weeks this summer the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee, is hosting the ‘Maggie’s Penguin Parade’, a trail of 100 individually designed penguin sculptures set to bring together businesses, schools, community groups and creative artists in a series of events culminating in a free and accessible public art trail.

They are looking for entrants to design their very own ‘Scottish Penguin’, by designing a penguin that portrays what Scotland means to you. If you're under 26, you're eligible to apply. 

Find out more.



A snapshot of blogs from around the University


My First Year Review

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History student Kiah Edwards reviews her first year as a student in Dundee, from settling in to the city to the support of the History Society and Dundee University Women's Football Club.

Read the blog.



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 18 April - the deadline for information to be included is 4pm on Friday 13 April.


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