All in all, a good day

This evening the winners of the Young Scot enterprise award were announced as @wearesnook , led by our own Master of Design @DesignDundee alumni Lauren Currie & GSA’s Sarah Drummond.

And the Times Higher announced the best student experience in the UK is with us at Dundee University. In Scotland we say that was ‘fine’.

Dundee University voted best student experience in the UK

We’re delighted that students at Dundee have the best experience of university life, according to a new survey.

The Scottish institution topped the Times Higher Education (THE) student experience study.

The poll surveyed more than 14,000 UK undergraduates, asking them to rate their university in 21 categories including quality of life, lectures and accommodation.

Prof Pete Downes, principal of Dundee University, said: “There is nothing more important to a university than the quality of the experience enjoyed by students who attend it, so to come out top in the UK in a major survey like this is very encouraging.
read more on the BBC website

PhD Opportunities at UWE

At least 20 fully-funded PhD scholarships will be awarded to high calibre graduates in areas of research excellence including Arts, Creative Industries and Education
Please reply to me with an expression of interest by the 20th April, and in order to fulfil the university closing date (mid May)
The scholarship consists of an annual stipend of £13,592. In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for 3 years and the writing-up fee will be covered in the 4th year.
The scholarship will only fully fund applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £6,800 per annum).
Further details and application forms available from
You will be specifically working with the research team at the CFPR. Please take a look at the CFPR webs site.
If you know of someone looking for funding please forward this email or ask them to contact me.
best wishes,
Carinna Parraman
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT, UK

Design Journal Special Issue on Designing for Services

Vol. 5(2) August 2011 | Table of Contents

Special Issue Editorial: Designing for Services
Birgit Mager , Tung-Jung David Sung
Special Issue on Designing for Services
Designing Service Evidence for Positive Relational Messages
Kathy Pui Ying Lo
Service Innovation Through Touch-points: Development of an Innovation Toolkit for the First Stages of New Service Development
Simon David Clatworthy
Transformative Services and Transformation Design
Daniela Sangiorgi
Designing for Service as One Way of Designing Services
Lucy Kimbell
Benefits of Co-design in Service Design Projects
Marc Steen , Menno Manschot , Nicole De Koning
Evaluating Serviceability of Healthcare Servicescapes: Service Design Perspective
Seunghae Lee
Design Case Studies
Service Design and Change of Systems: Human-Centered Approaches to Implementing and Spreading Service Design
Michael Lin , Bobby Hughes , Mary Katica , Christi Zuber , Paul Plsek

The Creative CV

Master of Design Graduate Ryan McLeod fron design agency equator has devised a guide to the creative CV. As Ryan had secured a job well before he finished his Masters, so he knows what he is talking about! Thanks Ryan

IRISS is recruiting – Associate Service Designer: Pilotlight, Scotland

Details from the IRISS website:
IRISS has a vacancy for a flexible and versatile individual to join us on a temporary and part time basis to develop and deliver our work around self-directed support. 

The associate will be leading on the design of new services and models with stakeholders by looking at how services are currently provided and re-imagine them for the future.

IRISS’s Pilotlight programme is a series of four projects that will design new models and services for the more challenging areas for accessing self-directed support in Scotland.  These ideas will be disseminated to enable support providers to meet the needs of individuals. The programme is collaborative and focused on service design. Two pilot projects will be delivered in 2012-13, and a further two in 2013-14. This is a high profile programme of work, which is part of a wider number of activities with the Changing Support, Changing Lives partnership.

KISTproject underway

The KISTproject brings together design researchers from the University of Dundee with The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) to co-design, develop and test a prototype of a system which enables access to the internet using simple hand held objects as ‘remote controls’. Many CHAS residents have conditions which cause their motor functions to diminish over time, making it increasingly difficult for them to use computers for socialising and entertainment, without assistance.

Craft workshops in March and May 2012 bring together children, parents and carers at CHAS to imagine and make toys and accessories which enable children to independently access their favourite websites.

The outcome of the this stage of the project is a prototype device which enables young people in CHAS to independently access online content using engaging co-designed toys and accessories.

The project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council through the Interface Innovation Voucher Scheme

The project has been co-developed by Hazel White, director of the Master of Design programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (DJCAD), University of Dundee and Jo Hodge, PhD student at DJCAD.
CHAS have contributed time, expertise and enthusiasm through CEO Maria McGill and activities co-ordinator Alison Blair and the many CHAS staff and volunteers.
Paul MacKinnon from DJCAD has looked after the programming and technical development
Sara Nevay, Master of Design student at DJCAD is project managing.

Socially engaged design in Stobswell, Dundee

Please contact Fernando directly

Dear Hazel

Further our previous meeting, I am now writing to check if you can help me to identify students interested in join an initiative involving action research approach as part of the Observatory of Urban Inequalities in Stobswell, Dundee.

Initially, we are organising a workshop for students. The aim is to introduce (and discuss) the Observatory idea, invite them to be part of this, and set a series of workshops for interaction with local people to discuss ways and strategies to work together. Initially the activity will be voluntary, and will essentially involve the workshops. As soon as we get fund we will look at a way to cover selected student’s expenses and give them a kind of scholarship. Further information will be provided during the workshop.

I would ask you to put students in direct contact with me. I will provide further information and fix a chat with them prior the workshop. This moment, about 4 to 6 students from Arts is a good number. Some aspects we are looking for (preferably): commitment with social change; living (lived) in Stobswell area.

Stuart has confirmed date and local for our workshop. It will take place on 29th March at 13:30 (till 16:30) at Arthustone Library – Arthustone Terrace, DD4 6RT.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us with the workshop series. It would be fine having someone from School of Arts to bring a kind of Arts and social change perspective in this first activity. I wonder if you are able for this. It would be a 20 min output There will be someone from Social Work, CLD and Nursery doing the same.

I would appreciate if you forward this e-mail for who you think can help us.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes

Dr Fernando Fernandes
Research Fellow
University of Dundee
School of Education, Social Work and Community Education

Dundee DD1 4HN
Scotland UK

Intro to Master of Design for Services

Come and hear about our new Master of Design for Services Programme which is accepting applications for September 2012.

10am -11am Tuesday 20.02.12
Hazel White, Programme Director will talk about the programme, who should apply and career prospects.
Master of Design Studio, Level 7, Matthew Building, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, DD1 4HT.


Meet at DJCAD Reception in the Crawford Building, Perth Road at 10.00 and we’ll show you to the studio.

Positions for Early Stage Design Researchers

We are looking to recruit 12 Early Stage Researchers to DESMA, a European doctoral level research training network in the area of Design Management. The positions are full time for three years, starting in September 2012. Opportunities for adding a fourth year for completing a PhD will be discussed separately for each position.

DESMA is an Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions that combines 4 leading universities within the area of Design Management (University of Gothenburg, Aalto University in Helsinki, Politecnico di Milano, and Imperial College, London), 4 leading European design consultancies (Ergonomidesign, Engine, Live|work, Future Concept Lab) and 4 complementary product and service organizations (Volvo Group, Philips Innohub, Poltrona Frau, Living Labs Global) in an unprecedented cross-disciplinary effort to understand how design can be exploited as a driver of innovation and competitiveness in Europe. We are seeking applicants with a master degree in either design or business and some professional experience. The employed researchers will conduct research projects in collaboration with their host organization, take part in a common training programme with doctoral level courses and build a forum for design management research in Europe.

Last date for submissions is March 15th 2012For more information visit our website:
Anna Rylander, PhD