Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 23 JANUARY 2017

Blackness Road/Glamis Road – temporary traffic lights for 2 weeks for gas main renewal.

Nethergate (West Marketgait to South Tay Street) – closed on Sunday 29 January for water main installation works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Greenmarket – prohibition of right turn into South Marketgait on Thursday 2 February from 9.00pm   6.00am for BT cabling works.

Nethergate (eastbound from South Tay Street to West Marketgait) – closed on Thursday 2 February from 9.00pm   6.00am for BT cabling works.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Getting things done - Morven Terrace and Ancrum Place sheltered housing

I had a meeting with residents of the Morven Terrace and Ancrum Place sheltered housing just before Christmas at which residents asked when the external stairwells would be repainted as part of external cyclical maintenance (ECM) works.    Tenants also asked about possible insulation improvements.

The council's Housing Investment Manager has since updated me as follows :
We are planning to commence ECM works at Ancrum / Morven at the tail end of the 17/18 Financial year and I would confirm this will include a repaint to the stairwells and landings. Unfortunately this development is of a traditional build so is not a priority for External Insulation as it will have received cavity insulation in the past.
I have since been in correspondence with him regarding the properties' Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing ratings to ensure all properties meet current standards.    

All properties meet minimum standards apart from two properties where old electric heating has since been improved with the provision of new gas central heating.  I am particularly concerned to ensure end terraced properties have efficient insulation as a number of tenants here have highlighted end terraced properties appear to be less warm.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee


Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday 31st January in Madigan's Tea Emporium, Castle Street at 7pm

The theme this month is Rogues and Fools.

Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Police Community Surgeries in the West End

Last night, at my weekly ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I had the pleasure of meeting the West End's new Community Police Inspector, Martin Pattie, and discuss some local matters.    The introduction of locality-based Inspectors is a good initiative by Police Scotland that I discussed with Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Anderson, at a meeting just before Christmas.

The West End already has an excellent Community Police Sergeant in Elise Wilson and she advised me yesterday about another positive initiative in the West End - regular police community surgeries - to quote Sergeant Wilson :

"We are due to launch a police community surgery next month which will then be held every month thereafter: 
Location : Mitchell Street Centre (Room 1)
Time: 1300-1600 hours
Date: 1st Tuesday of every month 
(includes 7/2, 7/3, 4/4, 2/5, 6/6, 4/7, 1/8, 5/9, 3/10, 7/11 and 5/12)
Location : Blackness Library 
Time: 1300-1600 hours
Date: 2nd Monday of every month 
(includes 13/2, 13/3, 10/4, 8/5, 12/6, 10/7, 14/8, 11/9, 9/10, 13/11 and 11/12)
The aim of this will be to engage with the public outwith a police environment which may encourage more people to speak with their local officers in relation to the ongoing issues effecting them directly within their community."

You can read more about our local West End police team here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Getting things done - City Road/Logie Street junction

Residents have pointed out to me that the white and yellow lining (including the yellow box markings) at the City Road/Logie Street junction are badly worn.

I have therefore asked the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership to have these refreshed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One World Centre event

Please join the One World Centre on Monday 23rd January 2017 to hear renowned author Colm Regan's presentation: Food is Power.

It takes place at the University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building Room 1F01, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Food recycling extension in the West End - map

Last week, I advised that there will shortly be an extension to the food waste collection service to the Perth Road Lanes and surrounding areas.     

The update also contained details of a drop-in event at Blackness Library for residents – you can read the earlier update here.

A number of residents have asked the precise area covered and therefore please note this map and boundary below :
This extension of the food waste recycling to this area (plus Brown Street) in the West End completes the roll out of food recycling in the West End Ward.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 16 JANUARY 2017

Blackness Road/Glamis Road – temporary traffic lights from Monday 16 January for 3 weeks for gas main renewal.

Also – from Scottish Water :

“As Scottish Water’s £5 million mains upgrade continues in Dundee work will resume in the Blackness Road area next week.

When the initial work began there in the autumn to reline the pipes it was discovered some of the pipes were not able to be relined due to their condition so a full upgrade was required.

This will be done over the next few weeks with work beginning in Blackness Street and Annfield Street on Monday 16th January for around 3 weeks.

There will be some roadworks during this phase with localised traffic management and some access and parking restrictions but there will be NO road closures during this work.

Local access will be maintained where possible and pedestrian access at all times.

Work will also be required at a later date in Blackness Road with temporary traffic lights at the junction with Glenagnes Road for around one week followed by temporary traffic lights at the junction with Rosefield Street.

Dates for this section are yet to be confirmed however signage will be in place in advance of the work starting there.

During the work our alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance, who are carrying out the project on our behalf, may need to turn off the water supply for some customers for a time, but anyone affected will receive at least 48 hours’ notice of this, with the timescales involved.”

You can read my comments and further update regarding the Scottish Water work that I posted on my Facebook page at the weekend here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden event today

Botanic Garden Education Centre
Later today, the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have an event taking place.

David Rodley of the School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee, will speak about “The energy landscape in Scotland.”

It takes place in the Botanic Garden Education Centre in the Garden at 2pm. 

Free to members of the Friends;   others - donations welcome.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Consultation on Not Just A Roof - A Housing Options and Homelessness Strategic Plan 2016 -2021

Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership are seeking your views about Not Just A Roof - A Housing Options and Homelessness Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

The Strategic Plan has been developed around outcomes which people who have experienced homelessness have identified as important.   It aims to enable citizens of Dundee to be able to live a fulfilled life in their own home or homely setting.     If people do become homeless, they will be able to access quality information, advice and support which will enable them to live a fulfilled life and gain and maintain their own home. 

The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership wants to hear your views to help us ensure our plan is fit for purpose as it moves forward. 

What matters to you is important to us and this is your opportunity to influence the way supports to prevent and respond to homelessness are delivered.

You can provide your views by completing a survey here by 30th January 2017.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Standing Up 4 Sitting Down

A West End constituent has kindly highlighted this great campaign with me :

Charity Anchor is “Standing Up 4 Sitting Down” as it calls on shops to do their bit to reduce older people’s loneliness and subsequent health issues by providing seating for those who need it. 

The new campaign aims to tackle findings that older people aren’t getting out of the house as much as they’d like to, with one in five aged 70+ visiting their local shops less often, specifically because of a lack of seating.

Boosting the economy, too, providing seating would help unlock up to £3.8 billion that is currently being lost on the high street each year due to a lack of accessibility for many older people. 

If you would like to support Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, visit www.su4sd.org.uk, call 0800 731 2020, or follow on Twitter using #su4sd.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Getting things done - Abbotsford and Corso area

Just before Christmas, I had a well-attended meeting with residents in the Abbotsford and Corso area.

The residents asked when external wall insulation (EWI) was likely to be delivered for the area.   The council's Housing Investment Manager has now advised :
Regarding (the) Corso Street (development), we are planning on carrying out EWI at this location around 2019/20.
This is of course subject to the usual caveats of available funding through HEEPs* and our own capital finance.
* (HEEPs is funding that goes to councils to develop and deliver fuel poverty programs - mainly solid wall insulation)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Environmental improvements - Seabraes

Further to my article earlier this week about environmental improvements in the Hawkhill area, I am pleased to say that the City Council is also to be undertaking similar improvements to the area of the Seabraes steps, just down from the high quality plants and grass seating area at the top of Seabraes.

An indication of the proposals is given below and you can see the detailed plans here and here :

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Food recycling - Perth Road Lanes

There will shortly be an extension to the food waste collection service which will be sent out this week to householders in the Perth Road Lanes (as well as some other areas outside the West End including the City Centre, Docks, Hilltown, Lawside, Coldside and parts of Stobswell).

The poster below gives details of Drop In sessions (including one at Blackness Library) that will be manned by staff from the council's Waste Section, who will be happy to answer any queries and pass on further details relating to the new service.    

Ahead of the service launch at seek commencing 27th February, a detailed service information leaflet will be delivered to all households, along with their new food waste caddy. 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Environmental improvements - Hawkhill area

A number of residents have contacted me concerned at what appears to be the removal of foliage on Hawkhill at the Bellfield Street junction (opposite the Whitehall Theatre) - see above.

The good news is that this older, tired shrubbery is being replaced with a new planting schedule that will have high quality environmental improvements from that junction down Hawkhill to the Hunter Street junction.     See below and a more detailed PDF of the planting being undertaken can be accessed here.


Sunday, January 08, 2017

Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING 8 JANUARY 2017

Perth Road (at Springfield) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 January for Scottish Water mains repair.

Perth Road (at Farington Terrace) – off-peak temporary traffic lights from Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 January for BT cabling.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Road/Glamis Road – temporary traffic lights from Monday 16 January for 3 weeks for gas main renewal.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

West End playpark improvements

Having long campaigned for an upgrade to the Victoria Park playpark, it is good to see the proposals for the impending improvements agreed by the council's Neighbourhood Services Committee - here's a couple of images of the plans that should be completed before the end of March :

Last July, I raised with the council residents' requests to make improvements at the playpark in Milnbank Road/Bankmill Road and I am pleased at the positive response to my request.   On Monday, the council's Neighbourhood Services Committee will consider the following proposal :
Milnbank Play Area - Improve all surfacing within the play area. This includes removing slabbed surface and replacing with rubber mulch safety surface and additional ground restoration works.
I am also pleased that the following proposal is also being considered on Monday :
Magdalen Green Play Area - Improve stability of the well-used banking by installation of a Scramble net to enhance play for users and additional restoration to safety surfacing.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Harris Community Swim and Sports Facilities Update

Further to my item yesterday about the Harris Academy evening classes enrolment on 11th January, residents have requested an update about the Community Swim and Sports facilities at the school.

The lease for Leisure and Culture Dundee to operate the Community Swim and Sports Facilities at Harris Academy has been progressed by Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee.    Additionally, there were some minor works have been undertaken to allow for community access to the building.      The Harris Swim and Sports Centre will be open to the public from 16th January.

Services include :

Adult Fitness Classes
Children’s Activity Classes
Fitness Suite
Sports Hall – suitable for 5 a side Football etc.
Gym Hall – suitable for Badminton etc.
Dance Studio
Family Fun Swimming
Lane Swimming

Full details are available here.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Harris evening classes - enrolment evening

A reminder about the Harris Education and Recreation Association enrolment evening :

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Getting things done : Logie improvements

Last year, I highlighted the poor condition of the east footway of Ashbank Road and had been promised reconstruction of the pavement would take place.

I am therefore pleased to see the necessary work started before Christmas :
I also asked for improvements to the north pavement of nearby Logie Avenue at the lock-ups and outside the lock-ups themselves and this work was also undertaken just before the festive season :

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Alec Muir retrospective exhibition

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

The next exhibition in the University of Dundee’s Lamb Gallery will be a retrospective of the Dundee painter Alec Muir. It features over 30 paintings produced over a period of nearly 70 years. A star student of James McIntosh Patrick at Dundee College of Art (now Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) in the 1940s, Muir is now 86 and continues to paint.

Alec’s work is meticulous in its technique, with some of his paintings taking several years to complete. Some are detailed recreations of particular places and times in Dundee and elsewhere, while others are more surreal flights of the imagination. Throughout the exhibition we see an absolute dedication to the art of painting, combined with a quirky sense of humour that is distinctively Dundonian.

Muir was born in Dundee in 1930 and enrolled at Dundee College of Art at the age of just 15 in 1945. He recalls this as a particularly exciting time to be at the College due to the number of Polish servicemen studying there – 11 of the 36 students that year were from Poland. 

In 1950 Muir was awarded a travelling scholarship and had his first work (a sculpture) exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. Although head of sculpture Scott Sutherland tried to persuade him to continue in that medium, Muir chose instead to concentrate on painting.

Following his National Service, Muir worked for British Road Services before joining the process department of D C Thomson where he worked for six years. In 1963 he became an art teacher, working in both Linlathen High School (1963-68 and 1973-88) and Morgan Academy (1968-73). 

Muir retired in 1988 and began to devote himself full-time to painting. With greater freedom he was able to travel more and began painting colourful scenes in Italy, Spain and Portugal. At the same time, he has continued to document the ever-changing face of Dundee from his own unique perspective.

The paintings on show cover his entire career, from early student works up to some of his most recent compositions. The exhibition will run from 7th January until 25th March 2017 - see poster below :


Monday, January 02, 2017

Christmas Card recycling

People are being urged to recycle Christmas cards and wrapping paper to help plant trees across the UK.   

A scheme run by the Woodland Trust saw 600 million cards recycled in recent years and stores including Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's have set up similar projects.

Recycling boxes will be in stores throughout January (from today), with a tree to be planted for every 1 000 cards recycled.

The M&S stores in Murraygate and at the Gallagher Retail Park are participating and you can read more about the scheme here.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A guid Hogmanay!

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

Words adapted from a traditional song
by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Xplore Dundee bus change from 3rd January 2017

With thanks to Suzy Scott at dundeebuses.info, here is an Xplore Dundee bus change from 3rd January 2017 affecting the West End :

Services 5/9/10 (Barnhill – Ninewells and Outer Circle) (timetable is Monday to Friday only - no change to Saturday or Sunday) - Service 10 at 20.40 and 21.40 from Ninewells Hospital will divert to pick up at Tesco’s call centre in Baird Avenue at 22.06 or 23.06, running five minutes later through to Ninewells Hospital.    

As a result, Service 5s from Ninewells to City Centre at 22.30 and 23.30 will run five minutes later as a result.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Call to make better use of West Bell Street multi-storey car park

I have called on Dundee City Council to make better use of its half-empty West Bell Street multi-storey car park which I feel could be revitalised if short-stay parking was permitted.    

This could also have the beneficial effect of helping ease the on-street parking capacity problems near the University of Dundee Campus and in West Port, South Tay Street, Nethergate and the east end of Perth Road.

The council’s Head of Roads and Transportation advised me :
Bell Street multi storey car park is a very large car park with in excess of 900 spaces and currently demand does not require us to regularly open the upper floors and our daytime car park staff do flexibly open and close it if the car park gets busy.  
In terms of providing shorter stay parking, Bell Street multi storey car park is identified as a long stay car park, and the tariffs are so designed to encourage the use of the facility by all day / half day parkers with more flexible tariffs available at other car parks and the on street spaces around the vicinity allow for parking for up to one hour.
I have commented that there is no short term (30 minutes to 2 hour) parking available at the West Bell Street multi-storey car park and the parking situation near the campus would be helped if some short term facility was provided here.   

I think the council has to think imaginatively about the way this half-empty car park can be improved.    With the introduction of short-term parking here, it would assist ease parking difficulties in the surrounding area particularly in the West Port/South Tay Street areas of the West End Ward.

The council’s Parking Team Leader has agreed to discuss this further which is helpful as an urgent improvement is needed.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year Fun Run!

On Monday 2nd January at 11am and until 1pm there will be a 5k fun run around the paths of the University Botanic Garden to get yourself in shape for the New Year. 

The event caters for all ages and ambitions, just walk or break the record! Your reward, as well as a good time, will include seasonal refreshments in the glasshouse at the end of the run. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Garden where we feel sure you will enjoy its tranquil and beautiful space.

We recommend you register at StrideInto17.eventbrite.com to ensure our catering is adequate on the day.

The event is weather dependent and up-to-the-minute guidance is available on the Friends’ blog at www.fudbg.blogspot.co.uk.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Volunteering and activities in the West End!

Find out more about volunteering and activities in the West End!

Drop-in sessions at Blackness Library in the New Year :

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - MONDAY 26 DECEMBER 2016 TO MONDAY 9 JANUARY 2017

A90 Swallow roundabout – overnight (7.30pm - 6.30am) southbound nearside lane closure on Friday 6 January for gully resetting works.

Riverside Drive (at Perth Road) – temporary traffic lights from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 January for Virgin Media cable work.

Perth Road (at Springfield) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 January for Scottish Water mains repair.

Friday, December 23, 2016

West End Ward Surgeries

With my surgery at Blackness Primary School that took place last night and with the Christmas holidays about to be underway, my usual weekly ward surgeries do not take place, but I can still be contacted on any local issues or concerns through my e-surgery - just e-mail esurgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk.

I can also be contacted at home at any time on 459378 and also during office hours outside of public holidays at my Dundee City Council office on 434985.

Surgeries commence again on Monday 9th January – full details of surgery days and times here.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Getting things done - Kinloch Park

Yesterday, the Head of Roads and Transportation at Dundee City Council and I met a large group of residents in Kinloch Park about the parking issues in the street.

The street is adjacent to Ninewells Hospital and there is a real issue with inappropriate parking.

I am pleased to say that a possible agreed solution was achieved and will be progressed in early 2017.   I am very grateful to all residents who attended and for their helpful feedback yesterday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Services for private tenants

I had a very useful discussion yesterday with Lynn Wadland, the council's technical Energy Adviser, who has been assisting private tenants who have no central heating or ineffective heating.

There is assistance available for qualifying private tenants (elderly tenants, those who are vulnerable and those with dependant children) on low incomes to get central heating - help with improved glazing and insulation may also be available.

For households who do not qualify, help via the Warm Home Discount may be available as an alternative.

Lynn can be contacted as follows - 

office phone - 433189
mobile - 07985 872725

Monday, December 19, 2016

Adult Learning Opportunities in the West End

The latest Adult Learning newsletter for the city has just been published – covering the winter - and you can download it here.

Here's details of the adult learning opportunities available in the West End area :

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 19 DECEMBER 2016

Perth Road (West Park Road to Glamis Road) – occasional temporary traffic lights for one week for gas main/service connection works.

Oxford Street (Blackness Road to Cambridge Street) – closed for one week for gas main repair.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dundee Citizen of the Year

From the City Council   :   Do you know someone who could be Dundee's Citizen of the Year?

The City Council welcomes nominations for the award and you can use the form to put forward the name of someone you think deserves the title.

The Citizen of the Year award is likely to go to someone who has provided outstanding service to the community, normally on a voluntary basis.   The judges will be looking in particular for selfless service to a voluntary body or the community or someone whose service brings distinction and quality to everyday life in Dundee.

There is no age barrier, but if you nominate someone they must live within Dundee City Council's area.

The closing date for applications is 31st December.

Use the form here to suggest who you think deserves the Citizen of the Year title.  (This form is a PDF and a Word version can be accessed from here).

Forms can be returned by email to stuart.galloway@dundeecity.gov.uk or by mail to Stuart Galloway, 21 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BY or handed in at the same address.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee


Our December meeting will be held on 20th December in Madigan's Tea Emporium at 7pm.

The theme this month is Festivals from Around the World.

Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Evening classes at Harris Academy

Harris Education and Recreation Association has re-formed, following the school moving back to Perth Road and into the new school campus, and is running a great programme of eight evening classes from early 2017.

You can read the programme here.

Details of evening classes night and enrolment night :
There will also be sports activity (including use of the swimming pool) at Harris Academy from early 2017, provided by Leisure and Culture Dundee.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

University Conservation Area

On Monday evening, the council's City Development Committee considered the feedback to the public consultation on three appraisal documents on Conservation Areas.

One of these is the University Conservation Area.

You can download the appraisal document for the Conservation Area here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Zoology Museum talk tonight - Fitness and Fatness in Seals and Humans

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Our next evening event in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum will be tonight - Tuesday 13th December at 6pm:

Dr Kimberley Bennett (Abertay University) - Fitness and Fatness in Seals and Humans

Dr Kimberley Bennett
Fitness in humans rarely goes hand in hand with fatness. But for seals, to be fit they have to be fat. This talk by Kimberley Bennett (a Lecturer in Biomedical Science at Abertay University) will explore why being fat is so important to seals, what we know about how they regulate fatness compared with humans, how pollutants can influence body fat control in both seals and humans and the potential consequences for human and animal health. 

Refreshments will be served after the talk. Please enter by the main front door of the Carnelley Building, facing the back of the Tower Building.   Latecomers may not be admitted.

The talk is free but places should be booked via Eventbrite here.


Monday, December 12, 2016

The Twelfth Annual University of Dundee Culture Day

INNOVATION!

The Twelfth Annual University of Dundee Culture Day

This Wednesday - 14th December 2016
Baxter Room 1.36, Tower Building, University of Dundee
1.30pm – 5pm

An entertaining and enlightening afternoon of free talks and presentations on the theme of Innovation, featuring speakers from across the University. The full programme is below. 

Feel free to come to as much or as little of the programme as you like but to help us organise refreshments please book a place by clicking here.

Programme :

1.30 Introduction

1.40 Keith Williams (English, School of Humanities)
H G Wells@150: Seeing the Future (but also How the Future Would See)

It’s a cliché that H G Wells ‘saw the future’. Many of today’s technologies and social changes were anticipated by his prophetic science fiction. Much less well known are Wells’s anticipations of how the future might see, imagining moving image media which shape the modern world. This illustrated talk (one of several activities marking Wells’s 150 anniversary) will showcase this alternative aspect of Wells’s visionary work.

1.55 Caroline Erolin (CAHID, School of Science & Engineering)
Zoology Museum 3D

Caroline has been working with Museum Services to digitise specimens from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. Smaller specimens have been scanned using a micro CT scanner, while larger specimens have been captured using hand-held structured light scanners.  The resulting 3D models are hosted online via Sketchfab and are available for viewing and downloading worldwide. In this talk Caroline will be discussing the impact new technologies are having on museums and looking at the role of digital engagement and widening access.  

2.10 Richard Holme (Education, School of Education & Social Work)
Teachers as Rogue Learners and DIY Professional Development

The nature of teachers as learners is evolving, with many taking back ownership of their own development. Digital technology and social media has facilitated this but there seems to be something deeper at work. We may be at the beginning of a major shift change in school education – which is being led by teachers themselves.

2.25 Graeme Morton (History, School of Humanities)
The Culture of Weather Watching in an Age of Innovation
The wider acceptance of meteorologists’ observational and measurement data in the Victorian age was undermined by the continued popularity of weather folklore and proxy data (from nature and agriculture). This talk explores the relationship between culture and science in Scotland’s history of meteorological observation.

2.40 break

3.00 Matthew Jarron (Museum Services)
Ten Dundee Designers 

The recent UNESCO designation of Dundee as a City of Design is highlighting the wealth of current design talent we have here, but what of Dundee’s history of design? Here we will meet ten notable designers from the past 200 years, all innovators in one way or another.

3.15 Neil Paterson (Botanic Garden)
Out with the Old? - Innovation and Conservation in Evolution

A famous Dundee graduate and the Battle of Britain will lead us to how Natural Selection makes do and mends in producing evolutionary novelties.

3.30 Norman Alm (Computing, School of Science & Engineering)
Computer-based support for communication and enjoyment usable by people with dementia and their carers

People with dementia, because of their problems with working (short-term) memory, find it difficult to communicate and to have enjoyable pastimes. A group of researchers from the fields of psychology, design and software engineering have developed two innovative touch-screen systems that produced breakthroughs in this area: a conversation support system based on multi-media reminiscence, and a set of interactive games that can be enjoyed without the need for short-term-memory.

3.45 break

4.00 Graeme Stevenson (Music)
From Pythagoras to Bach

Graeme will tell us a story of musical innovation – how we ended up with 7 white and 5 black notes that could play pieces in any key.

4.15 Jan Merchant (Archive Services)
From Papyrus to Pixels: Innovations in Recording. 

Using examples from the University Archives this talk look at how innovations in the way we record and keep information have impacted on how we remember and understand the past. 

4.30 Brendan Body (Animation, DJCAD)
Intuitive Technological Developments in Animation Studies

Brendan will talk about some of the techniques and the facilities used in DJCAD and what impact recent innovations in technology and software are having on animation. Using some recent examples of students’ work he will show how developments from the games industry are affecting filmmaking as well as show how software and hardware are becoming more intuitive, helping artists realise their visions.

4.45 Brian Hoyle (English & Film Studies, School of Humanities)
The Cinema is Dead, Long Live the Cinema

This talk will examine recent innovations in digital cinema by filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard and Agnes Varda and will show that this newfound so-called ‘amateur’ film technology has inspired certain film-makers to match and recreate some of the boldest innovations of the last days of silent cinema, when film was a purely visual medium.

5.00 End