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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Student Newsletter issue 67




Changes to Reading Lists

If you use Reading Lists software, a new student list view, with a more modern look and feel, will be implemented across all reading lists on 1 August 2018.

You can preview this on 2017/18 and 2018/19 lists by clicking on the "List beta" button which appears on the list menu.

Further information is available online or from


Discovery Research Portal and Pure

The Discovery Research Portal is changing on Monday 30 April.

It has a fresh, new look, which introduces some new features to help you explore the range of research undertaken in the University.

Further details are available online.


Time to start checking your Junk Email folder!

As of today, IT will be diverting more emails to your Junk Email folder. This will reduce the number of spam/phishing messages reaching your Inbox. Check this folder more often, in case legitimate emails end up there. Read more about this on IT Status.


University news

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Seeing prostate cancer in a new light

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A new method offering more successful diagnosis and management of prostate cancer has been identified by researchers at the University, who say it offers much greater accuracy and reliability in diagnosis of prostate cancer, while being a non-invasive and cheaper method than those currently being used. 

Read the full story



Architecture tutor going to Venice to represent Scotland

Fergus Purdie, a part-time Architecture tutor, will represent Scotland at the international exhibition The Venice Biennale next month.

Collaborating with local school children, his architecture practice will bring Scotland’s Year of Young People to the prestigious cultural world event.

The Venice Biennale is one of the world’s leading architecture and arts festivals. With an audience of more than half a million people each year. The exhibition for 2018 will be titled 'The Happenstance' and focuses of the theme of Freespace.

The proposal is supported and promoted by the Scotland + Venice partnership: Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, British Council and the Year of Young People/Young Scot.


What's on

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Healthy Study - Read and Chill (Mon 30 Apr)

Feeling guilty for reading books that aren't directly related to your course? Haven’t seen a paper book in what feels like forever? We’ve all been there!

DUSA Exec invites you to join them on Monday 30 April to enjoy a good book. Reading has many benefits for your mental health and academic ability, but it's also just plain fun.

Air Bar is booked between 9am and 6pm for you to indulge in a great book, with comfy sofas, maybe even a tea or coffee. You can attend for as long as you like – whether it’s an hour out of studying or the whole day.

Please invite any friends you think would enjoy this. There will be a selection of books available if you need one.

Sign up via the Facebook event.


Computing Degree Show (Fri 4 May)

The annual Computing Degree Show highlights the talents of over 60 new and emerging software engineers, developers, interaction designers, programmers and entrepreneurs.

Join them at their showcase of final year work at the cutting-edge of computing technology on Friday 4 May, 4-6pm at the Queen Mother Building. 

Find out more.


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show 2018 (Fri 18 - Sun 27 May)

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Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show celebrates the work of creative final year students.

A highlight in the cultural calendar of Dundee, for 10 days DJCAD is transformed into Scotland’s largest exhibition space with thousands of visitors experiencing the best new work from students in the fields of art, design and architecture.

Exhibition preview takes place on Friday 18 May, 6-10pm.

Exhibition continues from Saturday 19 May until Sunday 27 May and is free to attend.

Find out more.




Saturday Series - The Journey to Hope and Recovery (Sat 19 May)

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger who was diagnosed with a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar when he was 20 years old.

Following his diagnosis he began making films about his condition on YouTube which have been watched by thousands of people. He’ll be joined at this event by Neil Laybourn, the ‘stranger’ who encountered him on a bridge when he was contemplating taking his own life.

Together they’ll talk about mental illness and how their chance encounter changed both of their lives forever.

Book tickets.


Environment and Sustainability


New food recycling bins across city campus

The University is increasing the amount of food recycling on campus to try and reduce waste going to landfill. As well as helping our environment, this should save us money.

New external food recycling bins are being installed across city campus. They are located in six areas:

  1. Park Place - north end of Scyrmgeour Building
  2. Small's Wynd - recycling point at Fulton Building
  3. Balfour Street - DUSA beside recycling point at Premier shop
  4. Airlie Place - DUSA at bottom of steps
  5. Matthew Building - rear entrance beside bike shelter
  6. Old Hawkhill - recycling point opposite ISE


Collect bottle tops for a chance to win an Overgate voucher

There is a problem on city campus with the number of blue plastic bottle tops which are dropped on roads, grass and in our flower beds.

Help keep campus tidy - from Wednesday 25 April until Thursday 10 May, please collect as many plastic bottle tops as you can.

On 10 May there is a campus and surrounding area litter pick from 11am - 1pm, followed by a free lunch. At 1pm bring your bottle tops to campus green - the person with most tops will win a £10 Overgate voucher.




Want to be part of the new Entrepreneurship student team?

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The Centre of Entrepreneurship is recruiting the 2018/19 student team. If you think you've got what it takes to join the team, apply via email ( before Sunday 29 April.

More information is available via the Job Shop.




A snapshot of blogs from around the University


Meet Mike Galloway, Executive Director of City Development, Dundee City Council

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We’re excited for the opening of V&A Dundee, especially now that we have an official opening date. (It's Saturday 15 September – get it in your diary!)

Did you know we’ve got a few alumni who have been busy working behind the scenes to bring the city this incredible museum of design? We hope to bring you their stories over the next few months. First up is Mike Galloway OBE. 

Read the One Dundee blog.


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The importance of colour

In any area of design colour plays a huge role from print to digital media. Colour can help convey different emotions, capture target audiences and communicate action.

Read the web team's blog.



From the editors ...


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