University of Dundee

CLS Impact and Outreach

Virtual work experience to introduce pupils to the world of life science

This week over 40 pupils from across Scotland will come together online to attend a virtual work experience week at the University of Dundee. 

Each year the School of Life Sciences hosts S5-6 students from local schools to give pupils the opportunity to investigate potential career opportunities before moving into further education. This year, the Life Science Work Experience Week has been brought online for the first time and also includes the School of Medicine, introducing pupils from across the country to the world of science research and study at the University. 

Tiny Superheroes Bring Home Learning to Life!

A raft of family-friendly activities highlighting the ‘superhero powers’ of microbes have been lined up by University of Dundee scientists to keep children engaged in science during lockdown.

Researchers from the School of Life Sciences are taking over Dundee Science Centre’s Home Learning Programme for five days as of Monday 8 June 2020, supporting parents and carers with home schooling.

The team will be sharing the amazing world of life at the far end of the microscope, looking at the monumental impact of microscopic microbes.

Public Engagement Funding Award for van Aalten lab Care to Share project

The van Aalten lab has been awarded ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award to run an innovative project focused on the role of science, lifestyle and one’s social circle in managing neurodegenerative diseases (NDs). The Care to Share project aims to equip participants with practical strategies and networks important in dealing with NDs.

The Care to Share project will utilise games to:

Life Sciences students recognised in University Awards

The University careers service announced the winners of this year's Dundee Plus Awards at an online ceremony last week. These awards honour students who have developed transferrable skills through a host of extra-curricular activities.

Life Sciences were well represented with a number of students from the School named as finalists. Sophie Stewart and Caitlin Kavanagh were named as winners in their respective categories.

Biomedical Cluster could add hundreds of millions to economy

A project to grow the Tay Cities Biomedical cluster of world-class life sciences companies will generate hundreds of millions of pounds for the local economy and strengthen Scotland’s reputation as a centre of excellence, according to new economic analysis.

The proposed Tay Cities Biomedical Cluster, led by the University of Dundee in partnership with NHS Tayside, has been earmarked for £25million in initial funding from the Scottish Government through the Tay Cities Deal.

RSE Innovator’s Prize for Public Engagement for Senga Robertson-Albertyn

Senga Robertson-Albertyn received the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement last week at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Winter Lecture at Wallace High School in Stirling.

Senga is from the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute and she won the award in recognition of her contribution to communicating science in a fun and interactive way. This work was carried out during the course of her PhD studies.

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