Building bridges? Dead bodies? Whatever next!
September 23, 2011, 1:19 pm
Filed under: Observations and general wonderings

Welcome week is now over and the new students have had the weekend to recover and to adapt to their new city. It was a busy week, starting with the official welcome in the Caird Hall (the venue for the Last Night of the Proms only 36 hours earlier!). Then came the welcome to the School and to the Programme. Lots of bits of admin needed to be sorted. The students union crammed even more into the week – 10 events in 6 days with a variety that seems to cater for everyone’s nocturnal interests – apart from mine!

Then by Wednesday or Thursday it was chance to do some real stuff.

Our forensic scientists have been investigating 2 murders. (Dundee is a really safe place! Honest!!). One was in a flat, and after gathering evidence they spent time in the lab trying to identify what had happened. For the second we had two coach loads of students going to a local beauty spot to determine whether the death was suicide or murder. Meanwhile, our biomedical science and food students went on a fungal foray.

The civil engineers were ‘sold’ bits of Knex with the challenge to build a bridge of a given span that will support a certain load. The prize goes to the cheapest successful bridge. Hopefully they’ll be involved in future national high profile projects and ensure they are on budget and on time.

All this may seem like play, but it is all part of learning – and this week that Learning Process begins in earnest.


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